Women in prison use yoga to train dogs
DAYTON, Ohio (Angela Ingram) -- A Cincinnati-based group partnered with a prison to give inmates the chance to help people with special needs by training service dogs and pets. But that's not all. Brenda Allshouse has been training dogs for roughly two years. She's one of group of handlers at the Dayton Correctional Institution. There, inmates train dogs for people with special needs.Wednesday, August 26, the group was working on some new techniques. They were learning to do yoga with their dogs.Andrea Mitchell said, "What I predominantly want to learn is to gain a closer and better connection with my dog. So they can feel comfortable with me so training can go more smoothly." A group near Cincinnati called "Circle Tail" works with the prison to put together the inmate dog handling program."Circle Tail is a nonprofit organization and we train service and hearing dogs for people with disabilities. And we place them at no charge with approved individuals," said Marlys Staley with Circle Tail, Inc. It's been in two Ohio prisons for years but now they're hoping yoga and other exercises with help with the training. Not only are the ladies helping people with disabilities but it also gives them a sense of accountability.For now the plan is to have yoga at the prison twice a month and reduce it down to once a month. Eventually workers at Circle Tail hope that the handlers there will incorporate yoga into their daily routines.Circle Tail also uses volunteers to foster dogs in their homes. CLICK HERE for a link to their webpage.