Facility Dogs

For Police Departments

Facility Dogs For Police Departments

Puppies Behind Bars provides facility dogs to police departments to assist with officer wellness and community policing. However, we do have conditions and a screening process through which we determine an appropriate match for one of our dogs.

Our application screening process is a result of 25 years of experience of knowing what helps our dogs succeed and the quality of life they need to maintain in order to cope with the demands of working.

Since the application we receive will have been filled out and submitted by the officer selected to handle the dog, we wanted to share the criteria we’re looking for in a candidate in advance of your selection.

We also wanted to share some of the roadblocks and talking points we’ve run across with other departments who were incorporating a PBB service dog into their department.

BEFORE you apply, please download and read Information For Departments to Consider.

Department Facility Dog Application

To qualify for a facility dog, you must be capable of incorporating a dog into your working and private lives. Daily, off-leash exercise is essential, as is ensuring the necessary amount of time you can devote to having a dog by your side. 

  • After reviewing your application, we will begin the process of interviewing you and check references.
  • If accepted, you will join us for 14 days of training with the dog we have chosen for you.
  • Four months after this training, we conduct a home visit and will see you annually thereafter, to re-certify you and your dog as a working team.
  • For additional information, please contact: nora@puppiesbehindbars.com


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Puppies Behind Bars is a non-profit organization under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, tax I.D. #13-3969389, and donations are tax-exempt to the extent allowed by law.

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In Memory of Barbara Gladstone

Adopting Albee, and then Noonan, changed Barbara Gladstone's life. And she, in turn, changed ours. The pain in our hearts upon her death is too deep to fathom.