About Our Dog Program
The Colorado Correctional Industries (CCi), Prison Trained K–9 Companion Program (PTKCP) started in 2002 as a perfect marriage of ideas – saving humans through saving dogs. This program allows offenders to learn new skills, improve self–esteem, and earn a salary that is based on their work performance. Offenders from the PTKCP are eligible to earn vocational certification in Canine Behavior Modification that opens up opportunity for future success.
The dogs selected for the program come from shelters and rescues as well as private individuals who can no longer keep their pets and are often desperate for options beyond abandonment or surrender to an animal shelter. Bringing these dogs and offenders together creates endless and positive benefits. The dogs get a new 'leash on life' and the offenders that learn to train the dogs develop compassion and the capacity to think of and do for others. Dogs graduating from this program are wonderfully trained family pets and many move on to become very sophisticated assistance dogs which perform a variety of tasks for their human partners.
The PTKCP is not supported by Colorado tax dollars. We are one of the 50 cost centers that make up CCi's entire division, which are required by legislation to be financially self–sustaining enterprises. We are supported solely by the fees we collect for adoption, board–in, and alumni training we provide. Expenditures required to operate the PTKCP include transportation costs, fees we must pay to procure a newly adopted dog from a shelter, all standard veterinary care including spay/neutering, daily dog maintenance, and the daily obedience training compensation we pay offender handlers for transforming each dog into a desirable pet.
When you choose to adopt a dog from the PTKCP, place your own dog in our Boarding–In and Training Program, or purchase products for sale on our site, you are supporting so much more than you can see. You are changing lives (for both dog and offender), and improving the communities that we all share.
Thank you for your support!
About Our Adoptable Dogs
The PTKCP saves dogs – purebred and mixed breeds – from humane shelters and other animal rescues all over Colorado and surrounding states, such as Lamar, Salida, Cañon City, Colorado Springs, Cortez, Denver, Pueblo, and New Mexico. Each dog is hand selected and temperament tested. We also accept many privately donated dogs, giving them a new 'leash on life' rather than facing an uncertain future of abandonment or surrender to a shelter. We have been inspected by the Colorado State Veterinarian's office and licensed as an animal rescue.
All dogs rescued by the PTKCP receive appropriate veterinary care including standard core (Distemper multiple), Rabies and Bordatella vaccinations, heart worm testing and preventative treatment, and de–worming. As part of our commitment to promoting responsible dog ownership, all dogs are microchipped and our program has a 100% spay/neuter policy. No dog placed up for adoption by the PTKCP will leave the program intact, regardless of breed – registered or not.
The training each dog receives covers many aspects. First, the program is an intensive socialization program. The dog learns to be around and greet many different people as well as interacting with many other dogs. Training includes all the basic manners you would want from your canine companion; sitting to greet a person, sitting to go through a door, crate training and house training. Basic obedience includes sit, sit–stay, down, down–stay, come when called, and basic heeling on lead. Many dogs will go on to learn hand signals, or other tricks, and we also feature confidence building with agility equipment training at some facilities.
The Adoption Process
Adopting a dog from the Prison Trained K9 Companion Program (PTKCP) is a special privilege because your dog comes fully trained with a lifetime of support (See Alumni Privileges). It takes a special commitment to insure that the investment you make in your new companion is maintained. Our wonderfully trained dogs are in high demand so please be patient and understand many have waiting lists. Our process is designed to insure the best possible match of a dog with the specific situation in the adoptive home.
- Adopters begin by completing the Adoption Application to indicate acceptance of the terms and conditions for adopting a dog from our program. An application DOES NOT guarantee the adoption of a specific dog.
- Adopters may contact the office with up to 2 dogs available on the website for consideration.
- PTKCP instructors will review applications and interview adopters by phone to answer specific questions and determine if the dog(s) selected are the best fit for the home.
- Please be aware that PTKCP reserves the right to refuse placement of an animal at their sole discretion.
- Interviews to meet up to 2 dogs will be set up at either Denver Women's Correctional Facility or in Cañon City at the PTKCP training building next to the International Correctional Management Training Center, depending on where the specific canine candidate(s) are in training.
Once your location/interview is scheduled and the special day arrives to meet your candidate(s), please be prepared with your payment in full (cashier's check or money orders only, please. We do have the ability to accept Visa or Mastercard payments on the same day. NO CASH!).
Our adoptable dogs receive a minimum of eight weeks of training, so if your dog has completed all their training we'd love for them to "parole" out to your home right away to provide a space for another dog in need. Plan to stay and attend our Go Home Class (required) with your dog and our professional instructors/handlers, who will provide you with hands on demonstration and instruction of your dog's training. Each Go Home Class lasts about an hour and a half and will insure that your dog's transition into your home is successful.
If you need to make preparations for your new canine companion, we are happy to hold them after your interview for up to one week with a 50% deposit. After seven days, we will add an additional charge per week for boarding (see Fees & Discounts Table, Boarding-in Training charge for each additional week).
About Board–In Training
Do you have an unruly dog? Don't give up—we can help! Our Board–In Training service is just the ticket to develop the relationship you always wanted with your dog—a respectful and loving partnership. Just send your dog "to prison!"
The initial training is a minimum four week "sentence" (see Fees & Discounts Table). That may sound like a lot but before you click out of this page, consider what is included.
- This is an intensive socialization program, conditioning your dog to be around and greet many different people, as well as interacting with many other dogs.
- Training includes all the basic manners you would want from your canine companion; sitting to greet a person, sitting to go through a door, crate training and house training.
- Basic obedience include sit, sit–stay, down, down–stay, come when called, and basic heeling on lead.
- Depending on your dog's age and capacity for learning, we can teach other tricks, once the basics are solid.
- We also feature confidence building with agility equipment training at some facilities.
PLEASE NOTE: If your dog is currently on any anti-anxiety or calming medications please talk to your veterinarian about safely weaning them off of these prior to training so that we may directly address any unwanted behaviors these drugs may mask. We cannot effectively train a dog 'under the influence' of these kinds of pharmaceuticals.
Once your dog has been through their intensive Training cycle (either the initial adoption with 8–week training or initial board–in with 4–week training), they become eligible for Alumni Privileges which provides all the support services you need to maintain your dog's training for the LIFETIME of your companion while in your care.
- *DISCOUNTED Alumni Refresher Training (2–week minimum)!
- *FREE Alumni Classes for one–on–one attention from a professional instructor or handler!
- *FREE Alumni Phone or email consultations with a professional instructor!
Our clients love utilizing the two–week "Alumni Refresher" option for family vacations. You and your family can rest and relax, knowing your dog is getting personalized 24/7 care, and a brush up on their training to boot!
ALUMNI REFRESHER TRAINING NOTE: WE OFTEN BOOK OUT FOR THIS HIGH–DEMAND SERVICE THREE MONTHS IN ADVANCE, SO BE SURE TO EMAIL OUR OFFICE AT DOC_k9program@state.co.us TO MAKE YOUR RESERVATION AS SOON AS POSSIBLE!
Requirements for Board–In Training
WE CANNOT ACCEPT AGGRESSIVE DOGS IN FACILITIES FOR SAFETY AND SECURITY REASONS, SO PLEASE BE ADVISED THAT WE RESERVE THE RIGHT TO REFUSE TO TRAIN YOUR DOG IF WE CANNOT SAFELY HANDLE THEM AT DROP OFF.
Very LARGE dogs (over 100# in weight or over 36" in height) require supervisor approval due to space/crate size limitations in most facilities.
Please be advised that intact female dogs that come into heat during training must be removed from facilities for health reasons, and interrupts the continuity and effectiveness of the training program. You will be required to pick her up and return her to finish her training when she is through with her heat cycle.
Puppies are accepted at 16 weeks of age with vaccines complete. Your veterinarian will recommend a vaccine schedule for your puppy.
We require the following CURRENT vaccines in order to Board–In your dog:
16 weeks to 1 year:
- Multiple Vaccine – Distemper, Adenovirus Type 2, Parainfluenza, Parvovirus.
- Rabies Vaccine – 16 weeks, 1 year
- Bordatella Vaccine – to help prevent kennel cough. Must be given at least 2 weeks before your dog's arrival date.
1 year and older:
- Annual Multiple Vaccine – Distemper, Adenovirus Type 2, Parainfluenza, Parvovirus.
- Rabies Vaccine – After 1 year vaccine, every 3 years.
- Bordatella Vaccine – to help prevent kennel cough. Must be given at least 2 weeks before your dog's arrival date.
PLEASE PROVIDE PROOF OF VACCINATIONS FROM A LICENSED VETERINARIAN AS SOON AS POSSIBLE TO AVOID PROBLEMS. DOGS WITHOUT VACCINATION RECORDS, EXPIRED VACCINATIONS, OR VACCINATIONS EXPIRING DURING STAY, WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED INTO OUR PROGRAM.
On the day you drop off your dog for boarding:
- PLEASE be on time and give as much notice as possible if you must cancel or reschedule.
- Payments accepted: We can accept credit card payments by phone (preferred), Cashier's Check, or Money Orders ONLY. Sorry, NO CASH or personal checks.
- Bring enough food for your dog's entire stay in new, unopened bags. Please write your dog's name on the bag with a marker.
- Bring a hard copy of your dog's vaccination records.
Adoption & Board–In Fees Schedule
CCi and the PTKCP are not supported by Colorado tax dollars. We are self–funded through the fees we collect for adoption/training, board–in training, and alumni board–in training.
Expenditures required to operate the PTKCP include transportation costs, fees we must pay to procure a newly adopted dog from a shelter or rescue, all standard veterinary care including spay/neutering, daily dog maintenance, and the daily obedience training compensation we pay offender handlers for transforming each dog into a desirable pet.
Training of basic manners include: Socialization, sitting to greet a person, sitting to go through a door, crate training, and house training. Obedience training includes sit, sit–stay, down, down–stay, come when called, and basic heeling on lead. We also curb challenging behaviors that may come with your dog.
Your fees support so much more than you can see. You are changing lives (for both dog and offender) and improving the communities that we all share. Thank you for your support!
*Adoption + Training fees are $650, unless otherwise stated in Available Dogs Listing. Age, pure bred and papered dogs can account for increased adoption fees.
**Graduation from PTKCP Intensive Training Cycle (initial adoption with 8–week training or initial board–in 4–week training) is required to become Alumni eligible.
ALUMNI REFRESHER TRAINING NOTE: WE OFTEN BOOK OUT FOR THIS HIGH DEMAND SERVICE THREE MONTHS IN ADVANCE, SO BE SURE TO EMAIL OUR OFFICE AT DOC_k9program@state.co.us TO MAKE YOUR RESERVATION AS SOON AS POSSIBLE!
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