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Australian Cattle Dog mix Neutered Male 1 year, 8 months 45 pounds

With a name like Zip, you know this is a high energy boy!  He is a young, active dog looking for an active owner that preferably has experience with herding breeds.  He has all the traits that you love about them – he is intelligent, loyal, driven, athletic and at times, intense.  This makes him a lot of fun but also means that he will need a lot of physical exercise as well as to be mentally challenged.  Direct his energy and intelligence into appropriate outlets and you will have yourself an incredible partner.  If you don’t then you might have yourself a handful.  Zip loves to play fetch or tug.  With some training he could also be a good running partner.  When not busy playing, he does settle down and enjoys laying at your feet.  Like many cattle dogs, Zip can be wary of strangers and may need time to warm up to them.  He’ll benefit from more socialization, but is best suited for someone that isn’t looking for a social butterfly.  Zip 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.  He is incredibly smart and eager to learn new things.  He is motivated by treats and toys, which are great tools to keep his attention on what you ask.  While generally obedient, Zip can have a hard time focusing around a lot of activity.  He can quickly amp up and become very excited which he often expresses through barking or general reactivity.  Knowing how to handle him is going to be key to redirecting his focus and improving this behavior.  He is definitely not a dog for a first time dog owner.  Zip gets particularly excited around other high energy dogs and does not appreciate pushy or assertive dogs.  He can have a hard time getting along with other dogs because he is quick to voice his opinion and tends to hold a grudge.  This can cause conflicts and he is not recommended for a home with other dogs.  We are not sure how he feels about cats.  Zip is a very loyal dog and bonds strongly to his owner.  He is not a good choice for young children, but may be OK with dog savvy teenagers.  He would be a great sidekick for someone who lives an active lifestyle and is a fan of this breed.  Zip will graduate from the IDAPI Program on Saturday, December 15, 2018 (apply below).

Zip 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 or (208) 331-8552. You can apply for this dog at the following link:

CLICK HERE to fill out an IDAPI Adoption Application Online!

Login Number 39537816
Purebred No
Spayed/Neutered Yes
Color White and Black
Age adult
Sex Male
Size medium
Location other
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