Meet Ziggy! He is a fun-loving 18-month-old male yellow Labrador Retriever. Ziggy has soft brown eyes and a beautiful blonde coat with flecks of red. Ziggy was surrendered to WCLRR when his family found that he was not a good fit with their special needs child.
Ziggy is a high-activity dog who loves attention. Ziggy’s family didn’t have much time to spend with him in his early years, so now he is learning how to play and be a dog. He loves Nylabones and balls and is learning about other toys.
Ziggy lives with three other labs, a cat, and a small dog; they all get along well. Our foster ensured Ziggy was given a proper introduction to the other pets in the home, and Ziggy has fit right into the pack without issues. WCLRR will discuss the introduction process with his new family if they have other pets to make sure that Ziggy gets off to a positive start in his new home.
Ziggy is an intelligent boy and has learned “sit,” “heel,” and “lay down” since being with WCLRR. He is very food motivated and is learning “come” with a small treat as a reward. He is leash trained and behaves well on the leash, but his new family should continue to work with him on this.
Ziggy was not house-trained when he came to WCLRR, but his foster has worked with him, and is doing very well. However, Ziggy is a sensitive dog and doesn’t handle stress very well. Therefore, his new family should take him out frequently until he feels comfortable in his new home to avoid accidents.
Ziggy was not given much training as a young puppy. As a result, he will sometimes bark, and he does like to chew. His new family must ensure he has appropriate chew toys such as Nylabones or Kongs. They will also need to keep an eye on him and correct these behaviors to teach him proper house manners. He may also counter-surf. His new family should keep counters clear of medicines or other items that could potentially harm him. Because of the stressful situation in his previous home, he can sometimes feel possessive of his food.
Ziggy has shown some resource-guarding behavior and tends to eat very quickly. Therefore, his new family should feed him in a “slow-feeder bowl” away from other pets in the home to help him feel safe and comfortable while eating his meals.
Ziggy’s ideal home would be with an individual or couple where someone is around most of the time. He must be in a quiet, stable household with a relatively consistent routine and people who are committed to giving him the attention and training he needs to build his confidence.
Ziggy is a sweet, loving boy who had a bit of a tough start in life. He needs people that will give him a calm, secure, positive environment to help him thrive.
Ziggy is up to date on his vaccinations, neutered, and microchipped.