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Explosive-Detection Canines

Puppies Behind Bars (PBB) trains prison inmates to raise service dogs for wounded war veterans and first responders, as well as explosive-detection canines for law enforcement.

Puppies enter prison at the age of 8 weeks and live with their inmate puppy-raisers for approximately 24 months. As the puppies mature into well-loved, well-behaved dogs, their raisers learn what it means to contribute to society rather than take from it. PBB programs bring the love and healing of dogs to hundreds of individuals every year. The dogs bring hope and pride to their raisers, and independence and security to those they serve.

What happens when law enforcement and inmates come together over a dog?

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PBB dogs bring comfort to health care heroes in this Today show feature.

Introduction to Puppies Behind Bars

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"I never thought a service dog could open the door to me living my life again, but that's exactly what pete's done for me."

— Brian, former 9/11 first responder
Ringo hanging with NYFD on one of his NYC visits! Ringo hanging with NYFD on one of his NYC visits! #NYC #PBB #FDNY
Sadie enjoying a morning swim! The tongue says it Sadie enjoying a morning swim! The tongue says it all! #swimtime #tongueout #PBB
Dakota showing Keane the best way to have fun! The Dakota showing Keane the best way to have fun! The dirtier the better! #dirtydogs #happydogs #PBB
Hey everyone, we are looking for new volunteers to Hey everyone, we are looking for new volunteers to help socialize our puppies. Our pups need you to introduce them to the world at large to help prepare them to be potential service dogs. So if you or anyone you know is interested contact Tito@puppiesbehindbars.com. We are located in NY/NJ. Our pups are waiting to meet you. #volunteerinitiative #puppylove #PBB
(Left:Officer Heather McClelland Groton PD and her (Left:Officer Heather McClelland Groton PD and her Dept. dog Chase. Right:Officer Richard Simons Yale Universty PD and his Dept. dog Heidi.)
When you work hard you get to play harder! Let these two girls tell it! #dirtydogs #funfunfun #PBB
All about the Dawgs! #pupfun #puppyfriends #PBB #p All about the Dawgs! #pupfun #puppyfriends #PBB #pose #welovedogs