Prison Training Program


Providing an Opportunity For Education, Rehabilitation and Community Improvement

TLC’s prison training 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 TLC to increase the number of service dogs available to those in need. Individuals who are incarcerated are taught by TLC staff trainers to raise and train service dogs using TLC’s training curriculum and only positive reinforcement training techniques. Research concludes that incarcerated individuals who train dogs using positive reinforcement techniques are less likely to re-offend. Also, service dogs that are trained in prison programs have a higher success rate for placement. The program was developed based on best practice standards in the industry and adheres to Assistance Dogs International (ADI) standards. TLC partners with Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility, Mule Creek State Prison and the U.S. Marine Corps. Camp Pendleton Base Brig.

I truly appreciate the ability to participate in such a worthy program. Not only does it help individuals with disabilities, but it’s helping me grow as a person as well. – Prison training program participant

List of Prison Programs

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Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility – San Diego, CA

Mule Creek State Prison – Ione,CA

Camp Pendleton Base Brig – Oceanside, CA