What Is a Courthouse Dog?
Trained and placed by a nonprofit service dog organization accredited by Assistance Dogs International, these types of assistance dogs are specifically selected for their very calm, unflappable demeanor. It usually takes about two years of socialization and training to prepare a dog for this type of work.
Bark contributing editor Rebecca Wallick wrote about Seattle’s Courthouse Dogs program in 2007; read the story here. Cesar’s prize-winning video can be viewed here.
Ellen O'Neill-Stephens a senior deputy prosecuting attorney in Seattle, Wash., and Celeste Walsen, DVM, co-founded Courthouse Dogs LLC in 2008. courthousedogs.com
Dog trainers from Bocalán Confiar with director, Cecilia Marré, second from left (front row); detectives and counselors from PDI (back row). Santiago, Chile.