Zico is an energetic, playful 1 year old male Malinois who is looking for his forever family. He was an unclaimed stray from a local shelter, so nothing is known about his background. Zico weighs in at about 55lbs, but still has some filling out to do. Zico is rambunctious, happy, and fun- always up for life's next adventure! Whether he is playing fetch, or with the other dogs in his foster home, Zico is always busy. In his foster home, Zico is working on learning a handful of commands (sit, down, kennel, outside, inside, come here, out, off, no, and "go find your ball"). Zico is working on his leash manners, he does pretty well if you keep him close, but if you give him much leash, he pulls like a freight train. He also gets very excited when a car passes. With proper correction and redirection this is improving, but more work is needed. Zico is extremely athletic, making him an ideal candidate for a very active home.
Zico loves to be a part of a family, but because of his exuberance and his inability to keep four paws on the floor, he would do better in a home with no children or older dog-savvy children. Zico has gotten along well with his foster siblings, both adult male and female shepherds. Although Zico likes his foster siblings, he would rather be with his people. He bonds strongly and quickly to his person. He is a very affectionate boy who would like nothing more than to sleep upside down like a baby in your lap in the evenings. He would likely be fine as an only dog or with another one to help show him the ropes.
Although Zico is young, he is mostly house trained and does well with a structured daily routine and can be left in a kennel for a few hours at a time. At night, Zico sleeps quietly in his crate. With his busy nature, Zico would be best suited for a family who could engage, focus and mold his endless energy in a positive way. Whether it be hiking, daily jogs in the park, nose work or agility, Zico is up for the challenge!
This is a Level 3 Dog. Please be sure you understand what a dog of this Level requires.
Added January 2017