Offender-led dog-training programmes (DTPs) are increasingly used throughout US correctional facilities. The rather sparse literature on these programmes is outlined in this manuscript, including the reported benefits of participation. The purpose of this paper is to examine the opinions of programme coordinators and staff from 13 programmes.
The perceived effects were measured using an open-ended questionnaire, with attention paid to those benefits reported in the extant literature.
Respondents noted improvements in several factors including impulsivity, self-efficacy, empathy, social skills, emotional intelligence, and employability.
It is argued that DTPs should be implemented in other countries including the UK, and that well-designed, larger scale evaluations are needed.
Though potentially limited by sample size and self-selection biases, these findings expand on the existing literature by supporting existing reports as well as expanding the breadth of the DTPs that have been studied.
J. Cooke, B. and P. Farrington, D. (2014), "Perceived effects of dog-training programmes in correctional settings", The Journal of Forensic Practice, Vol. 16 No. 3, pp. 171-183. https://doi.org/10.1108/JFP-08-2013-0041Download as .RIS
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