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Appendix V:
Prison Pet Partnership Program Dog Trainer Contract


agree to observe the following rules at all times (unless specific arrangements are made in writing through the PPPP Executive Director to make an exception).

  1. Assigned dog will be kept on leash and the leash in a handler’s hands at all times, unless using the exercise yard or during Training Sessions.
  2. When trainers are in the office, dogs are to be under control at all times. They are not allowed to roam the halls, run up to people, or take part in rowdy behaviour. Dogs left in the office for brief periods must be crated unless permission is obtained from the Director or the Training Coordinator.
  3. Other than over-night, dogs will not be crated for more than 3 hours at a time.
  4. Dogs will not be given to anyone other than PPPP staff. W.C.C.W. staff and/or Officers are not authorized to handle the Program Dogs under any circumstance, this includes Boarding & Grooming dogs.
  5. Crates will be kept clean and disinfected weekly. Food dishes and training equipment will be put away when not in use.
  6. Dogs will never be tied "up" or "to" anything.
  7. Dogs will not be allowed to create a noise disturbance. Barking, whining, digging, and other negative behaviours will be promptly corrected.
  8. Proper diet and feeding schedules will be followed. Changes will be permitted only with the permission from PPPP Director or Training Coordinator. Dogs will only be fed food "dog food". No human food allowed.
  9. Dogs are allowed in common areas (i.e. clinic, upper campus, etc. IF your dog is in advanced training stage and you have prior approval from Program Director). Dogs are not allowed in the flowerbeds, or in any other area specified as "Off Limits" to inmates, except designated K-9 areas or areas that have had prior approval due to specialized training.
  10. Dogs are only allowed to relieve themselves in the kennel runs or in specifically designated areas. Other areas are considered "Off Limits" for that purpose, and care should be taken to see that accidents don’t happen. If an accident should happen, it is to be cleaned up by the handler immediately.
  11. Hair and muddy footprints will be cleaned up promptly. The broom or mop used will be cleaned of dog hair before it is put away.
  12. Dogs will not be left in another non-PPPP inmate’s room without the assigned handler present or without the permission of the PPPP staff.
  13. Dogs will be kept as clean and odour-free as possible.
  14. All dogs kept in the Units will be "pottied" prior to the 8:50 p.m. recall. Exceptions are allowed for emergencies. In the event of an emergency the waste will be cleaned up promptly when the campus is opened for inmates the following morning.
  15. No inmates, other than authorized inmates or PPPP staff, are allowed in or around the kennel area or in the immediate area where training exercises are being held.
  16. All dog handlers are required to attend schedules training classes. Unexcused absences or tardiness from class will not be tolerated.
  17. Dogs will not be housed overnight in the Boarding Kennels for the conveniences of the Trainers without permission of the Director or Training Coordinator.
  18. Inmate trainers may not have another inmate or inmate trainer handler or care for their dog for any length of time without expressed approval from the Director of the Training Coordinator. Each trainer is responsible for the dog assigned to her.
  19. Dogs may play with or chew only PPPP-purchased items that are specifically provided for this purpose. If an assigned dog chews/destroys property other than its own toys, etc., the inmate trainer will be held responsible and will monetarily reimburse any damages.
  20. Each dog handler is required to share in the duty of changing the poop bucket on a regular basis.
  21. I have read and understood the above rules. I understand that violation of any of these rules may result in loss of handling privileges. I further understand that disregard for these rules indicates irresponsibility as well as unsatisfactory job performance and could result in termination of employment or volunteer status with the Prison Pet Partnership Program.



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