What is the Givens Hall PAWS Program?
Paroling Animals With Skills (PAWS) is a dog training program located at Idaho Correctional Institution- Orofino (ICIO). Givens Hall is the minimum-security section of ICIO and home to the Givens Hall PAWS Program. Members of this program are screened and interviewed before being accepted into the program and must complete 40 hours of apprenticeship dog training. Givens Hall PAWS and BBBR have developed a partnership where we are training bully breeds for an (8) week training cycle. Each dog will be assigned to a primary and secondary trainer, this training team will provide at a minimum 140 hours of training. During this training the dogs will receive basic obedience and social skills that will lead to a drastic change in behavior. At the end of the (8) week training cycle the dogs will return to the BBBR facility where they will be available for adoption.
CURRENT PAWS DOGS
GET THEM IN EARLY TO MEET THE DOGS UPON RETURN!
ESTIMATED RETURN 12/14
ATTICUS IS AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION
10/19/22: Atticus has arrived at the Givens Hall PAWS Program in Orofino.
For all of Atticus's weekly progress reports please check back here or visit the PAWS Facebook page!
Atticus Week Six Summary
As the time draws nearer to the final C.G.C. exam date the team has put a lot of work into getting Atticus ready. We are all very confident that he will pass with flying colors and that he will be able to perform some of the extra credit portions that are offered. All of the goals that were set for the time that we have had Atticus have been met and most have been exceeded. Upon his in-take to the program we all set out to have him be more confident in settings where there is a lot of people as well as noises. In that he has done very well. There is ample opportunity for work to be done when it comes to deficits within the dogs in our care here at the facility. There is roughly 130 to 140 people that are housed at the compound this does not include the separate members of staff that interchange throughout the week. Socialization as well as generalization is a very natural part of the things that take place on a day to day basis. Focusing on making these things positive is always the goal but some of the dogs have triggers from previous life experiences that need attention. In that if a dog reacts to a certain noise or possible personality type within the facility it is a great training opportunity to work through.
This week Atticus has also started to form a much stronger bond with his newest team member. He will perform all of his commands and is definetly happy to see him when they see one another. Looking forward to another great week with a great dog.
Atticus Week Three Journal: 11/28/22
Today Atticus had his first training session off compound. It took place in the parking lot of the facility. He was very curious at first and wasn’t interested in listening to me but after a minute or two of allowing him to smell things and just walk around he began to settle down. Once we started the actual formal training part of the session things went smoothly. Really proud of this little guy.
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MELLO IS AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION
10/19/22: Mello has arrived at the Givens Hall PAWS Program in Orofino.
For all of Mello's weekly progress reports please check back here or visit the PAWS Facebook page!
Mello- Week 6 Summary
It feels like it’s only been a day since I wrote the last summary. As many dogs as I have had a chance to train I’ve never bonded with a dog like I have with Mello. Maybe I didn’t let myself get attached because I know that it hurts to let them go but with Mello I couldn’t help it. When you spend time with this dog you will see what I mean. He is so much fun to hang out with. He is always happy and very loving. Whoever does get this dog should know that it is very important to show him that you are the alpha. He does have a dominant personality. He thinks he has to patrol and check areas around where he lives. It’s actually kind of funny sometimes but it can be annoying as well because it means he is not paying attention to his handler as much as he should be. I chalk it up to curiosity. He always wants to sniff and see everything that makes any kind of crinkle sound. I chalk that up to being a bit of a foodie lol. As I have said before these dogs have some problems that only time will cure. However the obedience aspect is something that we can integrate into them in a short period of time. The behavior aspect is something that we might not get a full perspective of in the 8 weeks they are here. Mello doesn’t have any overly negative behaviors. He barks when someone knocks on the door, He doesn’t try to attack other dogs but doesn’t care to be around them, and no matter how many times I correct him when he pokes his head in the trashcan he still just has to stick his big head in it every time we pass by it (which is why I call him Melly Belly) . Mello is obviously an incredible animal as most of you have seen by the photos he will let you do just about whatever you want to him when he trusts you. I dress him up, hold him upside down, cradle him like a baby, and play with him sometimes with an extreme amount of energy just to see how he reacts and he has never became aggressive or snippy. Mello is by far my favorite animal on this planet. I will miss him more than I could ever explain. Whoever does adopt Mello will soon know what I have known since I have met him. He fills the empty spaces in your soul, he warms the cold spots on your heart, and he enlightens the darkest moments of your life. All without being entirely sure he even meant to. It’s just something that his soul and his being will bring into yours. Thank you for taking the time to read this and I hope everyone is enjoying all of the small things in their lives as always
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MCCOY IS AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION
10/19/22: McCoy has arrived for training at the Givens Hall PAWS Program in Orofino.
For all of McCoy's weekly progress reports please check back here or visit the PAWS Facebook page!
McCoy –Week 6 Summary
Well it official McCoy is heading back to Boise Bully Breed on the 20th everyone. I am excited for him to move on in his journey to finding his forever home. We are confident in his personality and his training. That he will make a great addition to any family. All week we have been sharpening McCoy’s training. When it is time to work he shows up and shows out! Working with McCoy has been a joy and a blessing.
Journal Entry: 11/28/22
McCoy had his first training session out in the parking lot today. The parking lot is located outside of the fenced area here. So it was a completely new area for him. Naturally he wanted to check things out before we got started but once he was done, McCoy was ready to work. The session wasn’t long, but he did well. As we go to the parking lot more the sessions will get longer and his training will advance.
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TONY IS AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION
10/19/22: Tony has arrived for training at the Givens Hall PAWS Program in Orofino. He should graduate in 8 weeks so submit your application early!
For all of Tony's weekly progress reports please check back here or visit the PAWS Facebook page!
Another great week. Come to find out, Tony absolutely loves snow!!! When the snows on the ground he wants to do nothing else, he wont even play with the other dogs. You do have to watch him a little bit, because he will eat tons of snow and if he’s outside for an extended period of time and he might get cold.
Training is going well, tony has all his commands down and he’s very receptive to his handlers and other program members. He’s a very intelligent dog and eager to please! He is a little much when he gets riled up, but we absolutely love him.
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MCGRAW IS AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION
10/19/22: McGraw has arrived for training at the Givens Hall PAWS Program in Orofino.
For all of McGraw's weekly progress reports please check back here or visit the PAWS Facebook page!
McGraw Week 6 of Training
McGraw did really well this week. We worked a lot on his stand-stay for an inspection and he is quite a bit more comfortable with being handled. We also did a lot of work with reaction to another dog. McGraw is such a playful puppy that he wants to go say hi to all his friends.
12/2/22 – McGraw did great today. We did primary handler lead exchanges and he did great following his commands with other handlers.
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