Step in Before It’s Too Late – Inspiring Second Chance Video

Honey the Golden Retriever walks near Cascadilla Creek.

I’m glad someone set me on the right path early. I’d hate to have ended up in puppy jail.

Sure, late is better than never.

But wouldn’t it be great if we stepped in to help before things got too bad?

Jail Dogs in 1C, Webisode 5

The earlier you can help someone (human or canine) at risk, the more successful you’ll be.

That’s one of the reasons this inmate dog training program, set in a jail instead of a prison, intrigued me so much.

Once someone serves serious time in prison, they have a very difficult time rebuilding their life when (or if) they get out.

But the men in Gwinnett County jail are, for the most part, in trouble for lesser offenses. They’ll serve their time in jail and return home.

And when they get home, they’ll be able to put what they learned training dogs into practice.

Not just how to teach basic manners to a dog but how to show compassion and how to build trust. Or at least that’s what some of the men in this video say.

Is it raining on your face yet to see these dogs and people getting second chances?

If you want to know how it all began, you’ll find earlier webisodes here and here.

Have you or your dog gotten a second chance that turned you in a new direction when you needed it?

Don’t forget. I’m giving away a very special book, Pukka’s Promise: the Quest for Longer-Lived Dogs. Read my review and enter to win.

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  1. I’m always amazed by these prison/dog programs. It is just such a win-win all around.

  2. Here we also have a horse program where ex race horses are looked after by inmates for pretty much the same reason. Very successful it is too. Have a fabulous Friday.
    Best wishes Molly

  3. There was a TV program recently about prisoners in Australia training dogs to work with disabled people. It was fascinating, and it was clear it was beneficial to both the dogs and the inmates.

  4. Interesting program. I like how they talk about trust. If anyone can get through to them and help, it’s a dog.

  5. I LOVE dog-inmate programs. Gosh how I wish they could do this everywhere. I saw a crate in that one man’s cell–are the dogs actually staying with the prisoners? What a great way to ease space pressures in the shelter and offer therapeutic companionship to dogs and inmates. Wow.

  6. Nothing like a dog to soften someone’s heart :)

  7. I’m really enjoying this series. Thanks so much for posting it.

  8. I absolutely love these programs! The people and dogs that the rest of society has turned their back on (for the most part) come together and make such a dramatic difference to each other. It’s just so beautiful!

  9. Love it! Thanks for sharing!