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Nike is appropriately named – he is all about the need for speed! He is a busy, high energy dog that likes to stay on the move and keep his mind stimulated. Whether chasing a ball, playing with other dogs or running with you, Nike is always happiest when he has a productive outlet for his energy. He definitely needs an owner who can provide him with ample mental and physical activity. With his long legs and athletic build, he could be a great match for a long distance runner, avid hiker or mountain biker. While leashed walks are a great for bonding, they probably aren’t going to be enough for this guy most days. Once he’s had a chance to run though, Nike does calm down and can be quite loving and affectionate. He is smart and has spent the past several months being trained in the Inmate Dog Alliance Project of Idaho (IDAPI) Program (see below) where he learned basic obedience, numerous tricks and was crate and house trained. His manners and focus have also greatly improved. However, like many dogs, Nike will test boundaries to see what he can get away with. He needs an owner who will be a good leader and is willing to invest some time working with him. Having clear expectations and providing good guidance will be important so he learns what you want from him. He is happy to comply, especially when good behavior is positively reinforced. Nike is an alert dog that is very aware of his environment. His herding dog heritage sometimes gets the best of him and he can react to fast movements by jumping or nipping, particularly at feet. He also tends to get a bit obsessed about lights and shadows, but he does redirect fairly easily and responds when told to leave it. Nike gets along very well with other dogs and enjoys rough and tumble high energy play. He often vocalizes during play and does particularly well with dogs that have a similar play style. He does need a home without cats. Nike has lived with teenagers in a previous home and should do well in an active family with older, responsible children, but is not a good match for young children. He definitely needs a family that will let him live indoors where he can get all the love and guidance needed to be a great companion. You can’t help but love this guy’s happy, upbeat outlook on life! Nike will graduate from the IDAPI Program on Saturday, April 28, 2018 (apply below).
Nike is currently in training in the Inmate Dog Alliance Project of Idaho (IDAPI) Program where he 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 him. 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!