Applications Closed: Zack

Zack is an absolute doll. He is oh so teeny tiny and very sweet!

Zack
Applications Closed

Male | 6 yrs | 5.5 lbs | Toy Poodle Mix

About Zack

Zack is a sweet and delightful little dog with a spicy side that comes out rarely and in certain circumstances.

Having bitten in the past, Zack is looking for an adult-only home where he can be the only dog. His adopter will need to be capable of reading his body language (which can sometimes be subtle) in order to set him up for success.

Utilizing positive reinforcement techniques is an absolute must when it comes to managing Zack's sporadic resource guarding behaviour around food and toys.

Zack is otherwise very well behaved -- he is now housetrained (with frequent pee breaks), crate trained, quiet, and non-destructive. Zack lives with a free-roam house rabbit and would likely do very well with a cat in the home.

Although Zack can occasionally be saucy, he more than makes up for it with his generally calm and gentle demeanour.

Zack's dream is to find a patient adopter who is committed to continuing to work on desensitizing him to those stimuli that trigger his unwanted behaviours.

Zack, Available dog

Adoption Fee | $500

Adoption fees help cover the costs associated with rescues, such as vetting, boarding and transportation.
They also cover spay/neuter, heartworm testing and treatment (if necessary), rabies and DHLPP vaccines, microchip, and one month of pet insurance prior to adoption.
For more information about adoption fees, please review our Adoption FAQs & Fees page.

About Zack

Zack will guard toys and food, but somewhat inconsistently. He is very triggered by food around his crate and will bite if he feels that it might be taken away, but he doesn't have those issues away from his crate. He will occasionally growl around his food bowl, but only very rarely. Zack will snap if he thinks I am going to take away something that he considers a prized possession -- that could be a toy or literally a piece of trash. Other times, he couldn't care less about something being taken from him. It is helpful for him to be either distracted/redirected before something (particularly something of perceived value) is taken from him or simply prepared -- trying to 'snatch' something (anything) away from him would 100% cause him to snap/bite, but you can easily distract him and redirect his attention by calling him over, petting his head, and then taking the thing away with your other hand. He immediately forgets about whatever that thing was and isn't at all bothered. When he is playing with toys, it's unwise to grab anything from him if he's within biting distance, but he will give it to you willingly once he realizes that you're going to give it back (e.g., throw a toy for him). If Zack doesn't want you to play with him and his toy(s), he will sort of collect them in an area out of reach. That's his signal that he doesn't want to share and would prefer to be left alone to entertain himself. In other words, he will do his best to avoid conflict, but he has no qualms about using his teeth if you invade his space/threaten what he perceives as 'his'. He is actually mostly fine with other dogs around toys -- even when he thinks they are 'his' -- the most he will do is give them a little growl -- but his behaviour improved a lot after his biggest competition (Red) was adopted.

Adoption Fee | $500

Adoption fees help cover the costs associated with rescues, such as vetting, boarding and transportation.
They also cover spay/neuter, heartworm testing and treatment (if necessary), rabies and DHLPP vaccines, microchip, and one month of pet insurance prior to adoption.
For more information about adoption fees, please review our Adoption FAQs & Fees page.

Why We Love Fostering

  • It has been so lovely to have an animal with us again. We have noticed a boost to their mood. It is great to be able to open our door to an animal in need, it is very rewarding watching the kitty make progress with us and coming out of their shells. Pets Alive have been very helpful with any issues, and we never feel like we are alone if we need help.
    - Olivia

Interested in Adopting Zack? Apply Below.

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PLEASE NOTE: WE CANNOT APPROVE ADOPTIONS TO APPLICANTS THAT LIVE OUTSIDE OF CANADA.

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We want to thank everyone who applied to adopt!  We have closed this application, but we do have other great pets looking for a forever home, click here to meet them!