President of Courthouse Dogs Foundation, Carrie-Leigh Cloutier joins Colleen & Jim this week and shares how their 7 facility dogs have impacted her community. Training plays a big part in managing situations and environments that facility dogs and their handlers work in. This episode provides an ins
Publish Date: Jul 05, 2020
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President of Courthouse Dogs Foundation, Carrie-Leigh Cloutier joins Colleen & Jim this week and shares how their 7 facility dogs have impacted her community. Training plays a big part in managing situations and environments that facility dogs and their handlers work in. This episode provides an insider's guide on how that takes place, and how you can be a part of creating a great environment for all to thrive and benefit from these working dogs in any community. Episode Highlights 1:40 - Meet Carrie-Leigh Cloutier CEO of the Chaves County Courthouse Program in Roswell, New Mexico 3:30 - Zia the CASA dog 4:30 - The transformation of a facility dog when putting their vest on 8:20 - Carrie-Leigh’s role with Courthouse Dogs Foundation 11:00 - The 7 facility dogs in Roswell, New Mexico 14:30 - Chance meeting & quick adoption of the program 16:45 - Emma the labradors impact on the community 19:50 - Labradoodle Moose helps children during family visitations 21:05 - Cognitive therapy games with families and the facility dog 23:30 - Facility dog assists in "goodbye visits" 25:00 - The power of holding the dogs leash 29:30 - Why facility dogs & their handlers are best used during community trauma 34:00 - The added benefits to staff members working in proximity to facility dogs 39:00 - Jim shares the science behind why dogs are sensitive to people's emotions 41:15 - A handlers part in letting the facility dog work 42:00 - Lessons Carrie-Leigh has learned facilitating this program 45:45 - Creating a support system for handlers & facility dogs 51:15 - Establishing stable co-parenting environments 53:45 - Controlling the facility dogs diet 57:00 - Challenges with taking the facility dog into the world 1:00:00 - The presence of a facility dog providing support to children testifying 1:02:00 - What donations to Courthouse Dogs Foundation support Links To References Casa Kids - Roswell New Mexico Assistance Dogs Of The West