RCACP identifies available dogs that need assistance with learning acceptable behavior skills and matches them with an inmate trusty through the Roanoke County Sheriff’s Office to learn those skills in the shelter environment.
The inmates, with the help of trainers provided by Angels of Assisi, work with the dogs four days a week at the shelter to learn and master the new skills.
Certified Trainer Bobbie Wiggins said the training method is based on the “Train to Adopt” program created by Sue Sternberg. Techniques are reward-based, focusing on positive reinforcement.
“The ‘Train to Adopt’ program was created by Sternburg to help maintain a good quality of life for…