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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.

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

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Watch this video of Police Officer Heather McLelland graduating with service dog McDonald.

"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
Congratulations to our June/July 2020 Team Trainin Congratulations to our June/July 2020 Team Training class! Highlight part 1 #teamtraining #servicedogs #PBB
Our pups enjoying the view just as much as we do. Our pups enjoying the view just as much as we do. #puppyfriends #greatview #beauty
Nothing better than a nice swim on a hot day! Our Nothing better than a nice swim on a hot day! Our pups love to swim and there is nothing better than getting to fetch balls while doing it. #swimtime #puppyfriends #summervibes
After showing Skipper, a four month old puppy bein After showing Skipper, a four month old puppy being raised in Downstate, the ropes all day. Happy, a sweet yellow girl then proceeded to put him down for a nap.  #naptime #puppylove #puppyfriends
Team Training June 29th 2020, PBB Instructor gone Team Training  June 29th 2020, PBB Instructor gone to the dogs! #teamtraining #servicedogs #puppylove
Thank you, NY National Guard, for this wonderful r Thank you, NY National Guard, for this wonderful recognition of our work together during the worst of Covid-19 in NYC. #appreciation #thankyou