Selected from different shelters and rescues, our dogs are evaluated for behavior and characteristics a dog must have to start training to be a service dog.
From shelter to prison, our dogs will transition to their new environment and start their daily training overseen by the trainers at Blue Star Service Dogs. Located in Thumb Correctional Facility in Lapeer, Michigan or in Saginaw Correctional facility's Veteran block in Freeland Michigan, a dog may be housed for 4-6 months, with their inmate handlers. These dogs learn basic obedience, command training, and pre-task training, and basic tasks such as turning off and on lights, picking up objects, and opening doors.
Once paired with a Veteran the dog will go home with them and start weekly training at the Training Center in Pinckney, Michigan. In those sessions the veteran and dog team learn trust, commands, routines, and complete that emotional bond.