Prison Paws, a dog-training program at Montana Women’s Prison, offers basic obedience training, boarding and grooming services. Dogs can be trained for private individuals.

To learn more about the program, contact the Prison Paws manager at (406) 247-5162 or email at

Under the direction of our Prison Paws supervisor, a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT), inmates learn how to train dogs through positive reinforcement methods.  The inmates also learn about dog grooming, as well as canine health and wellness. 

Basic Dog Training

Prison Paws is a four-week training program in which an inmate trainer is assigned to teach your dog basic manners, including “sit”, “down”, “stay”, “come” and “wait”.  Our trainers also work on teaching your dog to walk nicely on a loose leash, how to be comfortable in a crate and socialize appropriately with other dogs and people.

Some examples of other behaviors you may choose to have us address include, inappropriate barking, jumping up for attention, mouthing, and attention work.  The program cost is $450 for the four week training program.  One week prior to your dog entering our training program, we require that your veterinarian send us:

  • proof of current Rabies vaccination
  • proof of Bordetella vaccine
  • negative fecal test within the last 6 months

Dogs over the age of 1 year must be spayed or neutered before entering our facility.


Boarding services are available for dogs that successfully complete training in the Prison Paws Program, and dogs that belong to Department of Corrections staff.


Grooming services include bathing, brushing, hair cut/trim, ear cleaning, and toenail clipping.