Adoptable Dog Of The Week – Alanna

Amy Tokic
by Amy Tokic

We’d like to introduce you to Alanna, our Adoptable Dog of the Week from Alanna is a young female Boxer mix from Elyria, OH. She is already spayed, housetrained, and up to date with shots.

Alanna’s Story:

Alanna was pregnant when she arrived at Friendship from another rescue. She had her puppies while in foster care and was a very good mother. At the beginning of December Alanna was selected to be a Prison Dog and is currently in training at the Grafton Correctional Institute.

This is an explanation of the Prison Training Program the dogs go through. Each dog in the program receives approximately six hours of training each day that consists of basic command drills such as sit, stay, recall, socialization with other dogs, exercise walking the compound and play time with primary and secondary trainers that work in shifts over a 24-hour period. The trainers are selected using a strict criteria sheet based on their conduct and court record. They follow the Good Canine Citizenship Course. Each dog has to pass a series of training tests conducted by Don Hitchens, Friendship APLs Dog Trainer, in order to graduate from the program. The average time a dog spends in the training program is twelve weeks.

To learn more about Alanna and other adoptable dogs, please visit

Amy Tokic
Amy Tokic

Amy Tokic, Editor of, is a passionate animal lover and proud pet parent of Oscar, a Shih Tzu/Chihuahua cross, and Zed, a Japanese Chin. Her love of animals began in kindergarten, when she brought her stuffed dog Snoopy into class with her every day. Now, she writes about her adventures in pet ownership and tirelessly researches products, news and health related issues she can share with other animal enthusiasts. In her free time, Amy loves perusing used book and record stores, obsessing over the latest pet products available and chasing squirrels with wild abandon (a habit attributed to spending too much time with her pooches).

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