Meet Zenith! Zenith was pulled from the euthanasia list at the Maricopa County shelter in November of 2023 with the help of a generous foster. According to shelter staff, he was e-listed for anxiety, shyness with humans, and a greater than normal potential for escape. He allowed handling and pets with a wagging tail in the play yard. Once he was out of the shelter, he didn’t seem shy at all. He’s just a big friendly husky pup, and we’re so excited to give him a second chance!
Although Zenith was a bit restless for the first few weeks in his foster home, he gradually became more comfortable and accepting of attention. He has made a ton of progress in learning to listen to his humans and play nicely with other dogs. He’s definitely your typical high-energy husky who loves to play with other big dogs. He can be a bit rough at times when he wants to be in charge, but he is doing well at learning boundaries. He has shown some resource guarding behavior around the other dogs in his home, but that is improving as he adjusts to life in a stable environment. He is almost completely house- and crate-trained and, other than some occasional counter-surfing, shows no behavioral issues around the house. He continues to make progress in responding to corrections when needed.
With some consistent training, we know that Zenith has a ton of potential to be an amazing dog. He has done well with bigger dogs in both his foster’s home and other homes. He doesn’t have prey drive for small dogs, but we would recommend a home with medium to large dogs given that he has had some instances of resource guarding. Cats are unknown. He has also done well around older, dog-savvy kids; we wouldn’t recommend very young kids because of all his husky energy. He loves going for walks and does pretty well on leash, though he will need some continued training to work on pulling, especially around cars. He also loves to play fetch and is very food-motivated. If huskies are your breed, Zenith is definitely your dog! He’s a sweet, playful, very talkative pup who would make a great companion for an active family, with or without other energetic dogs. Fill out an adoption application today to meet this big sweet boy!