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About Our Programs

All our training is positive reinforcement and science based. Our goal is to create a healing bond through the training process. This program is flexible to fit our client’s needs however, we also have specific commitment expectations from our clients to ensure safety and success. Services are free for our clients; however, they are expected to financially care for their dog. Service dog training can take several years to complete (clients must have 300-400 hours of training) and the curriculum uses smaller milestones to reach our ultimate goal.

CWAC and the Department of Corrections in Utah joined forces in March of 2014 to create a prison-based dog training program in the Utah State Prison-Timpanogas. Dogs were rescued from local shelters and trained by incarcerated women under the guidance of CWAC trainers.

The Northern Nevada program started in December of 2017 as a partnership between Pet Network Humane Society in Incline Village, NV and CWAC. Dogs were selected from Pet Network and paired with inmates at the Warm Springs Correctional Center in Carson City, NV. The Reno program is unique in that all of the inmates selected to be trainers are also veterans. The incarcerated veterans not only learn how to train a dog, they also learn new skills in dog handling, effective communication, peaceful problem-solving skills, conflict resolution and teamwork.

The Canines With a Cause (CWAC) Idaho program began with our prison-based training program at The Idaho Correctional Institution-Orofino. Dogs were rescued from local shelters and placed in the P.A.W.S programs at the prison with experienced dog trainers/offenders. The number of Veterans in Idaho and the need for well-trainer service dogs was apparent. CWAC now partners with trainers in the Boise and Coeur d’Alene areas servicing the Boise and Spokane VA Hospitals. Dogs are rescued from shelters in Idaho areas and trained in the ICI-Orofino program.

veteran with his dog


This program is focused on helping veterans with PTSD/TBI regain the confidence to navigate life’s daily tasks. Eligible participants can begin the process by contacting us at Participants will go through an interview, orientation and foundation classes to learn about our program and way of training.


If a dog that we’ve rescued is not suitable for our program, we adopt them out to the public. We never give a dog back to a shelter—these dogs are our “Diamonds in the Ruff.” Our dogs are health, spayed/neutered, vaccinated, microchipped, and assessed for proper behavior. Some of them have also received basic training with our trainers.

We do our best to make sure the dog will fit in their new home and all parties will benefit from the relationship. We do require a foster period before adoptions are final, and ask that the dog be returned to CWAC if the dog can no longer stay with the adopters.

Prison Program

In this program, we partner with the Utah State Prison Women’s Correctional Facility, Warm Springs Correctional Center in Nevada and Idaho State Correctional Institution. After the inmates go through training with our staff, our dogs move into the prison and are trained in basic obedience tasks by the inmates. This is great for the dogs, who receive round the clock attention and training. The inmates benefit from this positive interaction and are able to give back to the community. Once the dogs have completed their training, they are placed with a veteran.

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