The federal prison camp in Duluth, Minnesota, has teamed up with the non-profit organization Can Do Canines on an innovative prison program that teaches inmates how to train puppies or shelter dogs for service as assistance dogs.

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"It pulls out a softer side to them. They really have to plan, organize, be structured and adhere to the training process of the service dogs,” Dr. Traci Amundson, chief psychologist at the prison camp, explained.

“I think there’s been a lot of growth, not only in the service dogs, but also the handlers who work with them.”

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A team of carefully selected inmates is teaching 11 dogs 100 commands that will enhance the lives of people living with disabilities, a training process that can take a year or more.

After their training with the inmates, the dogs will be returned to Can Do Canines for finishing school.

Watch the clip above and learn more about Can Do Canines at their official site.

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