ABOUT THE PROJECT
Restart Dogs are currently working with adult estates training prisoners to train and raise puppies destined for life as an assistance dog.
Our puppies undertake a lot of training during their time with us. They are learning polite door manners, walking to heel on a loose lead, staying where they are asked, settling next to their handler while they work and study. But most importantly, they are learning to feel confident and safe, trusting their handler to navigate them through their new adventures and their environments.
As well as training the dogs for future success and happiness, we also saw an an increase in empathy levels and self esteem as the young people saw how their teaching via positive methods has lead to the dogs having a second chance at a happy future.
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A typical day on with the Restart Dog Project looks like this:
08:00: puppies arrive in the classroom, they go to their areas for a chew, rest/sleep.
09:00: the prisoners arrive. The trainer checks how they are feeling and feeds back any information regarding puppies that the fosters have mentioned.
09:15: the puppies are taken outside for the first training/ play session.
09:45: the puppies return for settling on the bed, prisoners record the observations on training sessions, then begin their theory work while the puppies’ snooze.
10:45: the puppies are given stuffed Kongs and chews
11.00: short play session with the puppies before they go down for sleep time.
Undisturbed sleep time - this is very important
13:30: the prisoners come back from lunch. They discuss their training plans for the afternoon session, adjusting any criteria based on the morning sessions. Emphasis is put on errorless learning and managing the environment for the success of behaviours.
13:45: a short fun training session
14:30: recording data from training sessions
14:45: the puppies rest and have bonding cuddle time, men reading to them and massaging puppies using Tellington touch techniques.
16:00: the puppies are collected by their foster families and returned home.
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