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Kenai is a beautiful dog with a very sweet and affectionate personality once she is comfortable. She can be silly, playful and full of personality! Unfortunately though, it does not appear that Kenai was well socialized so she can also be scared easily, get anxious sometimes and be fearful of unfamiliar people. She is not the kind of dog to trust people right away or give her love away easily, but a person who is patient, kind and understanding can bond with her if they are willing to take things slow. And believe me, she is definitely worth it! Once Kenai bonds with you, you can count on being the apple of her eye. She has a big heart tucked under her sensitive exterior. It just takes time for her to let down her guard and show you who she really is. If pushed too hard to interact with unfamiliar people, she will only avoid them more. Kenai has spent the past several months being trained in the Inmate Dog Alliance Project of Idaho (IDAPI) Program (see below) where she learned to trust, built her confidence and was taught basic obedience. She has made remarkable progress through a lot of loving, patient and gentle handling. Her circle of trust has expanded over time and she accepts new people more and more. Kenai’s intelligence and willingness to please make her fun to work with and train. She is very attentive and highly receptive to learning new things. Kenai can have a bold personality though and may try to take advantage of certain situations. She requires a consistent, firm and confident owner who can be a good leader without being harsh. She is not a good match for a first time dog owner and is probably best in an adults only home, but may do OK with older, experienced children who know how to interact with her appropriately. Kenai is sensitive to loud noises and fast movements and will do best in a calm and predictable home environment. Her owner should also have the time and energy to make certain that she will get plenty of exercise and quality time together. Kenia has a lot of energy and will need positive outlets for it. She loves to play in water and can have a lot of puppy enthusiasm when horsing around in a kiddy pool. She could be a great running partner, but her tendency to flee when panicked means that she’ll probably need to be kept on a leash when out recreating with you. Kenai is very athletic and despite an old injury to her right front leg, she has no problem jumping a 6-ft fence so safely containing her is imperative. This means keeping her indoors with you and supervising her outdoor time. Kenai gets along well with other dogs and enjoys playing with them, although she will correct other dogs if she doesn’t like their behavior. She may benefit from having a confident dog in the home who can be a good role model for her. She does have a high prey drive and will stalk and chase birds and small animals, so she does need a home without them. Kenai is not the dog for everyone, but she is that once in a lifetime dog for someone. She is truly a special girl and will be a great companion for a dedicated owner who will gently expose her to the world and build a lifetime of memories with her! Kenai will graduate from the IDAPI Program on Saturday, June 23, 2018 (apply below).
Kenai is currently in training in the Inmate Dog Alliance Project of Idaho (IDAPI) Program where she lives with and is trained by inmates at one of the Idaho correctional centers. During this two-month period, the dogs live with the inmates in a prison setting and are trained daily in basic obedience. They are also house, leash and crate trained. The dogs are frequently taught a number of fun tricks such as shake with both paws, bow, spin, speak, sit up, crawl, wave, play dead and many times can also perform some agility commands. They also learn to be good indoor companions while at the same time, they get to interact, play and bond with the other dogs in the program. At the end of the training period, these dogs are evaluated to make sure that they have been trained to do all of their required commands.
To apply for one of these dogs, you must complete an IDAPI application and, if selected as a potential adopter, a phone interview will be conducted just prior to the dog’s graduation. If chosen, you will then be asked to attend a 2-hour workshop where you will meet the dog and also learn the commands that the dog knows and how to work with her. For more information about this dog or any dog in the IDAPI program, please contact Stefanie at the Idaho Humane Society at firstname.lastname@example.org or (208) 331-8552. You can apply for this dog at the following link:
CLICK HERE to fill out an IDAPI Adoption Application Online!