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This dog rescue Organization is so amazing...



Echo Glen is a coeducational juvenile correctional program for adolescents between the ages of 11-20. Echo Glen serves the youngest male offenders and females with special needs. The Canine Connections Program continues to be a strong therapeutic component at Echo Glen. We pair residents at Echo Glen Children's Center (at risk youth) with unwanted dogs giving both dog and student a second chance. We give them an opportunity to experience responsibility, patience and conflict resolution skills, promoting emotional development. We provide skill building, educational, and vocational opportunities in kennel operations, grooming, vet tech. and training. Our residents continue to compare the dogs to their life--unwanted, negelected, abused and locked-up but involved in training and treatment. We consistently observe the youth transferring the cognitive behavioral skills taught to them by their counselors to their work with the dog. The student handlers are the dogs counselors. They write treatment reports and plans. It is our belief that this process only enhances the youths commitment to change. Participants learn to utilize behavioral therapy methods of positive reinforcement in shaping their dogs behavior.Research has shown that the bond between an animal and a human can have significant lifelong benefits for both. Prior to adoption, handler and dogs complete a basic Obedience Test and sometimes pass the Canine Good Citizen test. Dogs are typically maintained in the program for 7-8 weeks. After this intense interaction with the student trainer, the dogs are "parolled" to permanent adoptive homes. The student/trainer conducts the exit interview with the new adoptive family, explaining the dogs background, training methods and offers advice in caring for the dog.

They even allow the dogs to stay the weekend to ensure that they will be a good fit for your family.

Here is the site...
canineconnectionsrescue.com.
 

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I really like programs like this. I have seen a similar one where homeless children are brought into a shelter and paired with a dog and then they create a toy for them.
 
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