Kids and pets graduated from a special program today that taught them both some important life lessons.
The latest class of youth offenders and adoptable dogs graduated from the ‘New Leash on Life’ Program today. Half a dozen kids currently in the Division of Youth Corrections system were paired with eager and adoptable four-legged friends four weeks ago. Each team of two mastered the basic dog-training commands of: heel, sit, come, stay and down. Organizers say they learned more important lessons though, discipline and life skills.
The dogs have already been adopted and went home with new families after graduation, but not before showing off their new obedience skills in a demonstration during the ceremony.
Program directors say it's a partnership between Mesa County Animal Services, Division of Youth Corrections and the Rob Roc Dog Training Program. More than 200 youths and dogs have graduated since the program began in 1999.