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Inmate perceptions: The impact of a prison animal training program background

Debra Mims 1, Rhondda Waddell 1, Jessie Holton 1

Abstract

The purpose of this qualitative study was to explore the perceptions of jail inmates participating in the Paws and Stripes College program. The Paws and Stripes College program involves incarcerated inmates training local humane shelter canines’ obedience training techniques using the canine good citizen model as well as teaching the canines skills in which to participate as comfort/emotional support dogs. Using secondary data from self-report questionnaires completed by the inmates, this study sought to explore how the inmates felt before and after their exposure to the Paws and Stripes College program. Specifically, if the inmates felt that participation in the program was beneficial to them or not, and if so, how. 


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Animal assisted therapy; service animals; prison animal training

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.18063/esp.v3.i2.753
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