This handsome Husky boy was found as a stray and was on the move for many weeks before he was captured. He was fearful and would not approach people, but bonded with a local St. Bernard and kept coming back to the same home to see his buddy. The family of the St. Bernard put food and water out for Zeus, and would update the local rescue folks who were trying to capture him. Once he was captured and brought to safety, he was taken to the vet for a thorough exam and thankfully is the picture of health. DDB takes in a lot of outdoor dogs likes Zeus, so we were contacted to help.
Zeus is currently being fostered in a home with 3 kids and 2 other dogs, and is learning what it's like to be an inside dog. He is still timid around new people and hesitant to be petted, but he LOVES other dogs and learns from them. Zues really needs another pup in his next home to help build his confidence and make him feel more connected. He has a very sweet, gentle and submissive nature, but needs time to trust.
He's currently being fostered in a more active home with 3 kids, but we feel a home that's a little more calm, quiet with older kids is the best fit for him. He likes kids, but is still timid around loud noises and commotion that often comes with a home full of kids.
FOSTER UPDATE - 5/19/17 - "Zeus is doing better than I expected. He is still not really comfortable with people petting him, but will tolerate it by his neck sometimes. It's clear he's not lived in a house, before and going through the door from outside to inside makes him nervous. Once he's inside, he's ok. He does not seem to have any aggression issues, and is very sweet with the kids and my other 2 dogs. He takes treats super gently and comes back for more. He seems to like being around my two dogs. He's met 4 of my neighbors dogs while on a walk, he was on a leash and they were not, and he had no problems.
He definitely feels most comfortable outside, but is starting to relax inside, and has already taken two naps! He's good around kids, but gets nervous when there is a lot of noise and excitement. My kids have been able to pet him on his head, but he does have fear of touch that I think can be worked through with time. He comes close to you, abut will react and flea when you go to pet him. He's great on walks, he hasn't pulled or tried to get away. He is such a beautiful, sweet dog."
FOSTER MOM UPDATE - 5/25/17
"Zeus is having a good day! I have worked with him a lot after researching the best way to help a timid dog. He has relaxed and will come to me for treats now. He is still skittish trying to get the leash on him, but it's getting a little better. I think he's enjoying being inside more. He wouldn't cross the threshold yesterday unless I pulled him a little, now he comes right in with ease. Our hearth has become his favorite spot to nap and hang out.
He's an amazing dog. He's had no accidents and goes to the door or paces when he wants to go out. He doesn't pull at all when walking on leash. My street is very social. There are 25 kids under the age of 12 and 12 dogs. Not including the 20 or so adults that are out all the time with their kids/dogs. He is totally fine with all of it. Loves watching the dogs play. He also seems less fearful with kids than adults, and actually lets people pet his head and neck outside. He doesn't try to get away.
He's still nervous when you touch him, and will jump if you touch his back or feet. Once he calms down you can pet some areas, though. I just can't walk up and start with his back. He's very close with our dog Penny and stays near her. I think he needs a 2nd dog in the home to help build his confidence."
UPDATE - 6/28/17
Zeus needed more training than our typical foster home could give, so DDB reached out to the Happy Hounds Prison Dog Program (HHPDP), a special inmate dog training program at the Roxbury Correctional Institute in Hagerstown, MD, for help. DDB has had 4 other dogs successfully complete this program, and transition into great family dogs. Zeus will be in the program for at least 6 weeks getting one-on-one attention and training, working on social skills and learning how to trust, mastering basic commands, and addressing his anxiety being left alone indoors. He loves dogs and will get daily playdates with the other pups in the program, and regular workouts on the program's agility training courses.
More to come on Zues....
BREED ESTIMATE: Siberian Husky
APPROXIMATE WEIGHT: 51 lbs (a little under weight)
APPROXIMATE AGE: 1.5 to 2 years year old
COAT TYPE: medium
ADOPTION FEE: $350
OTHER INFO: UTD on shots/neutered/microchipped/monthly preventatives
LOCATION: Hagerstown, MD
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