At risk teens training at risk dogs, it's a program that continues to change the lives of both. 11 news is following the current class of Leash on Life as it reaches mid-point of the four week program.
The difference between day one and week two for the five dogs in the Leash on Life program is like night and day, and there are two weeks still to go. Lead trainer Bob Simpleman and all the kids say the biggest adjustment is patience.
The training can be grueling both on the dogs and the kids. Simpleman says it takes a sense of discipline; discipline both the at risk dogs and at risk teens are learning through first hand training. Simpleman says, "The dogs begin to perform for them and so they enjoy the class more and feel like they are accomplishing something themselves."
The kids have been accomplishing a lot compared to exercises performed during the first day. One trainer says, "There was some struggles in the beginning but they overcame that, a lot of these dogs have improved from the beginning."
The program only has two more weeks and Simpleman hopes by then the dogs and trainers will have accomplished so much more because soon these pairs will have to walk away with there own "leash on life"