AIRWAY HEIGHTS--Spokanimal is sending shelter dogs to the state prison in Airway Heights as part of a new dog training program that connects the animals with offenders.
The program, called Pawsitive Dog Training, has offenders working to increase the adoptability of the dogs.
Qualified offenders work with the dogs to train them to respond to commands like “sit” and “rollover.”
Participation in the program is an incentive for offenders to remain on their best behavior. Many of them apply but few are chosen. A basic requirement is that only those who haven’t committed a serious rule violation in the past six months can apply.
The offenders say the hard part is not getting too attached to the dogs.