Zag is a three year old CattleDog with a unique coloring and a sweet attitude. He has been in foster care and the observations of the foster family are presented below.
Other information: He weighs around 40 pounds, is neutered and up to date on his shots. He is a typical herding dog that bonds closely with his pack and is responsive to the handler’s routines.
He shouldn’t be in an area with horses nearby because he is very interested in herding them and will let it be known verbally that this desire should be recognized.
Comments from the foster folks:
Zag has been with us for almost a month now and he has made amazing progress. He is a very sweet dog, a fast learner and eager to please. Zag loves to be with people, especially my 14 year old daughter. He will immediately crawl right into her lap anytime she sits down and he loves to snuggle.
He has lots of energy and enjoys going for walks and bike rides as well as playing in the backyard with all of the kids and our Great Dane. When he first got here he could not even be in the same room as our Dane, Jasper, but he is doing so much better now. We are still working on their interactions, Zag will still sometimes growl or nip at Jasper when Jasper approaches the kids. In those situations we firmly tell him "NO" and then he is fine. He does get over excited when he sees other dogs out on walks and we have been working on that. I think with continued practice he will continue to make improvements with his socialization skills.
He is great with all four of our children. Our daughter is 14 and we have 3 boys who are 9, 7, and 3. He listens well to commands from all even the 3 year old.
My husband returned from a deployment after Zag had already been here a few weeks and Zag has not really warmed up to him. Zag just kind of stays away from my husband, he will take a treat or a toy from him but then immediately goes to the other side of the room. I'm assuming it's because he was already bonded with the rest of the family a little bit when my husband got home so he isn't really sure or not if he belongs here. It's only been about a week and I'm assuming he would warm up with more time.
We have been working on basic commands and he has learned sit, down, stay, leave it and roll over so far.
He has had a couple of accidents in the house but I think they may be more of a marking issue than a lack of potty training.
Zag is currently located in Arlington, Washington.
If you are interested in Zag and would like further discussion/information, please contact Bob Lee: