SFAHS has partnered with the South Dakota Penitentiary to create this program, to help dogs with behavioral issues get more individualized attention than they would receive at the shelter.
The most common reason for enrollment in this program is that a dog has not been taught any manners in its previous home. Sometimes a dog ends up staying at the shelter for a long period of time without getting adopted. The dogs in this training program are trained by men at the Penitentiary. Each dog is placed into a daily regiment to help correct their behavioral issues. Some of the issues are as simple as jumping on people, others have no social skills and will require individual attention given by the dog handler.
The training process uses positive reinforcement. Trainers use consistent verbal and non-verbal cues for better comprehension by the animal. Both two-legged and four-legged participants benefit. The men learn to train dogs through a routine of consistency and compassion. The dogs receive much-needed attention, training, and socialization making them more adoptable pets. Once the dog receives the training and has a good report card, the dog will show available on the website by appointment.
If you are interested in a dog that is available you will need to submit an adoption application. After your application is reviewed you will receive a call to set up an appointment.