AK DOC Dogs in Training

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Sage Gleaned from Mat-Su Shelter for Service Dog Training

Sage, a golden-chocolate lab mix, is making solid progress as her service dog training at Hiland Mountain Correctional Center. Sage’s trainer is prisoner Tamara Riley. Sage came to the program from the Mat-Su Borough Animal Care facility. Since January Sage has learned take socks off and hand them to her handler, and she is working on all the basic commands, in particular “stay.”

Cooper Just About Ready For Service Dog Duties

Cooper has been in training for just about 2 1/2 years, and he is ready for his final placement, said prisoner trainer Cindy Galvan. “I’m going to miss him, but he is just about ready for adoption.” Cooper knows hand signals. He can brace, and he can help you go up and down stairs. He takes the garbage out and he can open and close doors,” Galvan said. “He can be just a little clumsy, for example he just can’t turn light switches on and off. But he’s going to make someone a good companion.”

Service Dog Trainee Donated to HMCC Program by Alaska Breeder

Ten, who gets his name from his litter-birth-order, was donated to the Hiland Mountain service dog training program by a local breeder of Chesapeake Bay Retrievers. Ten has been with the program for six months; his prisoner trainer is Cassandra Russell. Russell said Ten is “hard-headed but very smart and very loving.” He’s mastered a number of the basic commands, but is still working on “stay.” Russell explained “he just likes to be with people.”