Mark Luttrell Correctional Center receives dogs from the SPCA of Collierville.
The dogs are trained under the direction of a volunteer trainer. They receive obedience training, such as sit, stay, down, heel, loose leash walking, proper greetings, pay attention, and house/crate training. They also are trained to do special tricks such as play dead, shake, high five, right/left paw, sit pretty, rollover, spin, fetch, catch it, and leave it. There is not a time limit for the training of these dogs.
For training to be considered successful, the dogs must pass the AKC's Canine Good Citizenship Test. Upon graduation of the program, the dogs are returned to the Collierville Animal Shelter to be adopted.
PPAWS benefits by:
Allowing inmates to contribute to society
Helping inmates obtain the skills needed to land a job upon their release
Teaching inmates basic life skills such as patience, responsibility, social interaction and acceptance
Providing therapeutic benefits to inmates at virtually no cost
Giving inmates an incentive to stay out of trouble
The dogs seem to have a calming effect on the inmate population