Available as Foster-to-Adopt ONLY, meaning:
- 6 weeks signed on as an Animal Aid foster for Zola
- Complete required training set up by Animal Aid with Zola’s trainer Meaghan from City Slick Canines (All basic training will be paid for by Animal Aid until the adoption is complete. Once adoption is finalized, payment for continued training will be up to the adopter.)
- Final approval of adoption will be contingent on an assessment of Zola’s training progress by an Animal Aid staff member
The Basics: Hiya! My name is Zola and I am looking for my new best friend and adventure partner! I was surrendered to Animal Aid due to my original guardian being unable to provide me with the consistency I need due to having a 12-16 hour job. I spent a lot of my puppyhood being crated, so I am a crate-trained superstar…
All of our animals are vaccinated, treated for parasites, microchipped, spayed or neutered, and cats are tested for feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) and feline leukemia virus (FeLv). All animals receive any necessary veterinary care (dentals, etc.) until the time of adoption.
…however, the long hours in the crate created some issues around my potty training. My fosters have teamed up with some trainers and are doing their best right now to get me going outside consistently; I am a quick learner, if you are able to stick by my side and to my strict routine!
I am pretty undersocialized, and my bark can be intimidating for folks who don’t understand leash reactivity. That said, I am just the absolute sweetest girl once you give me a treat and let me melt into your arms (just check out some of my videos!). Animal Aid tells me they are going to start taking me to puppy socialization classes, so I can get better at learning appropriate times to play and bark—I’m so excited! They also are working on my leash reactivity, and I have made it quite clear that I am eager to please.
Likes: Just about everything! I love to hike, explore, run, and play! I absolutely love other pups and meeting new people, nothing in the world is more exciting! I crave adventures as well as some training time!
Dislikes: I don’t like when people and other dogs sneak up on me and my person. If you don’t notice one of these triggers before me, I will bark and pull towards it. Sometimes if you catch a trigger before me, I can be distracted with treats, but if I start barking first, it can take some encouragement to settle me down. I also don’t like being held back from greeting new people and dogs—leashes, windows, and see-through fences all get me barking at anyone who passes by.
Looking For: An active someone with experience with the German Shepherd breed or working dog breeds! Someone who is willing to complete the required training and socialization that will help Zola become the well rounded dog she deserves to be.
Estimated birth is 8/15/2020 and her estimated weight when full grown is around 80 lbs.