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Rex is a happy, energetic and engaging young dog with a smart, ready-to-please attitude. He loves to work his mind and body and would be a great fit for an active person looking for an intelligent dog to do fun activities with. Rex has already been introduced to some agility equipment and quickly learned how navigate that. He loves being outside and could also make an excellent long distance running or mountain biking partner. Whatever the activity, it will be important that he have plenty of it. Herding breeds require a lot of exercise and mental stimulation to prevent boredom and destructive behavior. Add to that Rex’s age and you’ve got yourself a smart, high energy puppy, so exercise, consistency, good direction and proper management are the recipe for success. Rex 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, gained better focus and improved his manners. He is definitely a soft-tempered and sensitive dog. His confidence has increased a lot, but he will do best with a kind, caring and patient owner who understands how to motivate and work with him. He works well using positive reinforcement, but will shut down and avoid people who are too harsh. Rex loves being with people and is happy to lounge on your lap and soak up all the affection you can offer. Although he has been crate trained, he gets rather anxious in the crate when home alone. He will do best with someone who has the time and schedule flexibility to work at making him more comfortable in the crate and being alone. Rex gets along well with other dogs and enjoys running around with them. He could enjoy having another active and playful dog in the home. He is a bit too focused on cats and will need a cat-free home. We have no history on his behavior with children, but he should be fine with kids who understand how to interact with a young active herding dog. He’s a sweet, gentle boy who will be a terrific companion for the right family! Rex will graduate from the IDAPI Program on Saturday, April 28, 2018 (apply below).
Rex 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 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!