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With a name like Zip, you know that this is an exuberant boy, but we think he’s absolutely super! Zip is looking for an active owner that preferably has experience with herding breeds. He has all the traits that you love about them – he is loyal, driven, athletic, and smart as a whip. This makes him a lot of fun, but it also means that he will need an outlet for his energy. The good news is Zip comes adventure-ready and would love to be your running, biking, or hiking partner (check out the photos from his recent outing in Boise!). When indoors, Zip will settle down and lie at your feet, and you can’t help but fall in love with his soulful brown eyes.
Like any super-hero, Zip does have his kryptonite. As with many herding breeds, he can be wary of some people and may need time to warm up to them. Although he is fairly social, Zip gets excited around other high energy dogs and does not appreciate pushy or assertive dogs. He can have a hard time getting along with some dogs because he is quick to voice his opinion and tends to hold a grudge. This can cause conflicts, so he will need slow introductions to other dogs and special consideration would be needed if Zip goes to a home with other dogs. However, Zip is motivated by treats, toys, and play with his handler. These are great tools for redirecting Zip, keeping him owner-focused, as well as for teaching Zip how to interact appropriately with other dogs while out hiking. We do not know how Zip is with cats. Zip is not a good choice for a home with young children, but may be okay with dog-savvy teenagers. He would really like to go to an active home where he can run, bike, hike, or even try out a dog sport, such as agility! If you’re looking to be paid in love and loyalty, Zip is currently accepting applications for a human sidekick.
Zip was recently 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. He is incredibly smart and eager to learn new things. Zip graduated from the IDAPI Program on December 15, 2018 and is available for adoption (apply below). If you’d like to meet Zip, please ask about him at the customer service desk in the kennel hallway!
Zip completed training in the Inmate Dog Alliance Project of Idaho (IDAPI) Program where he 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 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!