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Mildred is a stunning Catahoula Leopard Dog with the physique of a true athlete. With her lean body and long legs, she is built for running and covering some ground. Along with that comes a high energy level that requires regular and appropriate outlets. She will require an active owner who can ensure she gets ample daily exercise. Equally important is an owner who can manage her special needs – Mildred is deaf and also visually impaired. She is sensitive to bright lights and can have difficulties tracking motion, especially at a distance. This can cause her to alarm bark at people or things in her environment that she can’t see very well. However, she warms up quickly when introduced to new people and is generally quite social. Mildred loves receiving belly rubs or any type of affection and will happily cuddle up for a nap or TV time. Although she can be shy or timid in new situations, Mildred adapts quickly and responds well when redirected. She spent the past several months being trained in the Inmate Dog Alliance Project of Idaho (IDAPI) Program (see below) where she did extremely well. She is very intelligent and loves to learn. Treats works well for motivating her and rewarding good behaviors. She has a great sense of smell, so scent based activities (nose work, barn hunt, etc.) could be a lot of fun for her. Mildred definitely needs a knowledgeable owner who can patiently work with her and manage her appropriately. Because of her physical limitations, Mildred will need to be kept on a leash when outside of a securely fenced yard, but that doesn’t mean she can’t enjoy the great outdoors. While sheltered at McPaws, Mildred enjoyed activities like skijoring and participating in their Mardi Gras parade! Mildred gets along well with other dogs and enjoys playing with them. She does like to play rough and can be overwhelming to some dogs. Her impairments sometimes cause her to miss communication cues given by other dogs which can lead to misunderstandings and minor conflicts. She’ll do best living with a patient, playful and easy-going dog that will tolerate her occasional rude behavior and enjoys rowdy play. Owners who do a good job of supervising all dogs in the home will also be key. Mildred bonds strongly and can sometimes get anxious about being alone. She’ll do best in a home where she doesn’t have to be home alone all day and can have regular opportunities for potty breaks. She is great with children, but they need to understand how to handle a deaf dog so we think 8 years and older is best. She does require a cat-free home. Mildred is a lovely dog who is very much a puppy! Someone willing to provide lots of love and guidance will have a fantastic companion. You can find more information about working with deaf dogs at this link: http://deafdogs.org/. Mildred graduated from the IDAPI Program on Saturday, May 19, 2018 and is available for adoption (apply below).
Mildred completed training in the Inmate Dog Alliance Project of Idaho (IDAPI) Program where she lived with and was 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 email@example.com or (208) 331-8552. You can apply for this dog at the following link:
CLICK HERE to fill out an IDAPI Adoption Application Online!