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Prison Pet Partnership provides a twelve-month Pet Care Technician certification program to incarcerated individuals at Washington Corrections Center for Women. Program participants (incarcerated individuals) must successfully complete three months of prerequisite classes before they are provided opportunity to meet learning objectives through IBPSA (International Boarding and Pet Services Association) as well as PCSA (Pet Care Services Association) through in-class and hands-on education. Classes are led by experienced Pet Care Technician Instructors. Students are Pet First Aid and CPR certified in quarter 1 prerequisite classes. Upon successful completion of the program, program participants are equipped with the knowledge and skills to access employment upon release at a boarding and daycare facility, basic dog training facility, or to start their own business or to pursue other careers related to the pet care industry.


The twelve-month program includes: 


Dog Handler I
(AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator Certification)

  • Basic commands

  • Positive reinforcement

  • Redirection

Pet Care Technician I 
(IBPSA Pet Care Provider Certification)

  • Wide-ranging dog and cat breeds

  • Deeper understanding of dog and cat physiology

  • Dog and cat behaviors in a boarding environment

  • Dog and cat feeding procedures in a boarding environment

  • Basic dog and cat health checks

  • Kennel cleaning procedures

  • Safe handling procedures

  • Basic emergencies


Pet Care Technician II 
(IBPSA Pet Care Specialist Certification + IPG Pet First-Aid Certification + American Red Cross Pet First Aid Certification)

  • Business-related operations and etiquette to include intake policies and procedures, records-keeping, data tracking, and customer service skills

  • Special breeds

  • Geriatric animals and animals with disabilities

  • Common medical issues

  • Common medications and medicine application

  • Medical emergencies and applying first aid

Many dogs running out of the Prison Pet Partnership kennel facility in the yards during play time with three incarcerated individuals watching at Washington Corrections Center for Women.
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