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Dogs Deserve Better: Meet Hodge - Source Patch

Posted on May 05,2016
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WASHINGTON, DC. - For such a young dog, Hodge has had an eventful life. He was rescued as an adolescent from a rural shelter that was being closed down, and all the dogs were at risk of being euthanized. Because Dogs Deserve Better (DDB) had previously rescued many dogs in this community, the shelter contacted us for help, and we were able to save Hodge and 17 other dogs from the shelter. Since then, each of those dogs has found an adoptive home in the DC area, except for Hodge, who needed a little more training and support than the rest.

Hodge is a very social and loving dog by nature, but he was also higher energy and excitable when he first came into rescue. He was a “mouthy” adolescent pup that would jump on people, and needed to learn better manners. Hodge’s case required more personal attention than our typical foster home could give, and thankfully we were able to enter him into the Happy Hounds Prison Dog Program (HHPDP), a special inmate training program at the Roxbury Correctional Institute in Hagerstown, MD.

The HHPDP identifies dogs who have a good nature and will benefit from specialized and intensive training that they wouldn’t receive in a shelter or foster home, and are otherwise at risk of being given up or euthanized. The program provides positive reinforcement training and behavior modification for the dogs, and offers the inmate handlers transferable experience in dog training that they can apply towards successful employment after leaving prison. This program is a win for the dogs and the inmate handlers, and allows the inmate population the opportunity to be productive and provide a beneficial service to the community.

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