Our thanks to Tracey for all the help she has given us at Paws for Progress, and for sharing her experiences in this lovely article.

The Joy of Thought


In 2004, I started the journey to become a TTouch practitioner. At that time, I didn’t imagine that I was setting off on a path that would lead me to prison. And yet several times now, I’ve stood outside Polmont Young Offenders Institute with bags of groundwork equipment and a life-size toy black labrador waiting to be picked up and taken into the prison.
This started in 2011 when I was contacted by Rebecca Leonardi who runs the Paws for Progress project. Paws for Progress is a collaboration between the Scottish Prison Service, Dogs Trust and the University of Stirling and is the UK’s first dog training program based within a prison. The Paws for Progress courses run in eight week cycles and in each one, a small number of prisoners take part in three training sessions a week – two of these with rescue dogs from the Dogs Trust…

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About pawsforprogress

The first prison based dog training programme in the UK, Paws for Progress was introduced to HM YOI Polmont in August 2011, and continues to operate successfully, improving the outcomes of the young people and dogs involved. Paws for Progress was incorporated as a Community Interest Company (CIC) (SC469108), to build on the overwhelming success of the pilot project. Our aim is “to enhance the well-being of people and animals by promoting and supporting, by whatever means, positive and effective interactions between them”.

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