The Prisoners Overcoming Obstacles & Creating Hope (POOCH) Program is designed to meet the increasing demands for service dogs, while providing an opportunity for education, rehabilitation and community improvement within the prison system through the experience of training a dog. This program allows for TLCAD to increase the number of service dogs available to those in need. Research concludes that inmates who train dogs are less likely to re-offend. Also, service dogs that are trained in prison programs have a higher success rate for placement. Inmates are taught by TLCAD training instructors to raise and train service dogs using TLCAD’s training curriculum and only positive reinforcement training techniques. The program was developed based on best practice standards in the industry and adheres to Assistance Dogs International (ADI) standards..
“I truly appreciate the ability to participate in such a worthy program. Not only does it help individuals with disabilities, but its helping me grow as a person as well.“ – David Mix
List of Prison Programs
Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility– San Diego, CA
Mule Creek State Prison– Ione,CA