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Heinz

Age Sex Breed Weight
~1 Year Old Male Husky Mix 71 lbs

Need to know…
He had a broken neck bone when he came down. It has healed but he cannot wear a collar, it must be a harness as his neck bones are weaker than the average dog. He walks very well at the heel with no distractions but continues to pull on leash and will react when he sees other dogs, people, critters and vehicles. He is working on being less reactive in those situations. He does bark in the house when visitors arrive. He is very food motivated.

Vet Details
  Neutered
  Microchipped
  Vaccinated

     
Hasn’t Met Gets along well Doesn’t live with but Children 3+ years and older please
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Details

My name is HEINZ and I’m worthy of finding my forever home and forever people. I was born mid-April 2021, am a male husky mix currently weighing 70lbs. I am vaccinated, microchipped and neutered. I have been in foster care since I was about 5 months old.
I had a lot of vet appointments my first 5 months of foster care, as I had a broken neck bone when first coming to Barrie. I was fitted with a custom brace for a couple months but have healed up completely with no long lasting effects. I am now brace free but it is a must that I NEVER wear a collar around my neck. Instead I will ALWAYS need to wear a harness for walking so no extra strain is put on my neck. Because my neck was fractured it will be a weaker bone than in the average dog, but I can still do all the activities others can.
I am relatively quiet in my house which is in a rural area far away from roads or other houses. If I go to a new home that is in a busier area, I may find my voice again. If someone enters the house I’m friendly as can be (maybe a little too friendly as I have jumped up, I don’t get too many visitors so I just can’t help myself)! I am put into my crate when visitors arrive until I settle down and stop barking. That usually takes me about ten minutes. Then I need a controlled introduction. I also sometimes make a fuss when one or both of my foster parents leave the house. When this happens I can be heard whining from my crate. I do settle rather quickly and don’t have a problem being left in my crate for long periods of time. I used to alert my family about each new noise, the washer thumping, the furnace tinging, the fridge humming, ruckus and mayhem on the TV…but I seldom do that anymore. I like to veg out on my daybed with my bone and occupy myself by pouncing on and chasing my ball. I like watching animal shows on TV and can often be found enjoying the odd sports game! I can be goofy! I find many different ways to sleep on my bed and in my crate and generally just like to make others laugh. After a day of routine in and out of the crate and exercise outside, by evening I am ready to be a big ol lumpy house dog. I love to nap and laze around all evening in front of the fire or on my day bed.
I spent a lot of time in my crate as it was part of my healing process. I’ve been left alone for 6 hours during the day with no fuss and sleep all night long without a peep and stay quiet in my crate until my foster parents come downstairs and let me out. I have a dog bed and Kong toy in my crate with me and a blanket covering my crate. I know that when it’s mealtime I get fed in my crate so I will run in and wait for my food to be delivered. I sit and stay to wait for my food. It is recommended that I spend 2 hours out of my crate for every 2 hours I spend in my crate during the day even when you’re home so I’m comfortable in my crate and get some time to relax and unwind. I will go in my crate on my own when I’m tired or just want to lay down as it is my safe spot. I go into my crate without hesitation, especially if food is involved. I do not have my harness on in the crate as I tend to chew it. I wait patiently to have the harness removed but tend to resist getting the harness put back on again. My Foster Parents just quietly insist that it goes on before I leave my crate.
I lived with my first foster parents and 3 other dogs, no kids or cats. I got along with all the dogs and knew which ones to play with. My favorite game was probably chase with the dogs in my home. I used to have a foster brother who I would let wrestle with me and I was very tolerant of him as he would sometimes just come over to sit on me too. I’ve met dogs of all sizes from shih tzus to Dane mixes and I’ve got along with them all! I’ve met a couple cats and was not fazed by them- I was way more interested in trying to get to their food. The cat’s I met live at the vet clinic and are used to dogs being around so they don’t run away like prey. I was fine being in their presence and didn’t even pay too much attention but I was monitored with my interactions. In my new foster home there are no dogs, no cats, and no children. I am doing well, so you see I can adapt to whatever situation I find myself in!
So as I’ve mentioned I love food! I am extremely food motivated! When I arrived in my first foster home I would growl if anyone tried to touch my food dish, I have not had any incidence since the first week and have come leaps and bounds in this area. I allow my foster parents to take my dish as soon as I’m done eating now. This is one of the reasons I get fed in my crate as I know there’s no competition and that if it’s in my crate it is mine and I feel safe. I also let them take away something in my mouth if I’m not supposed to have it (such as sticks or other things I find on the ground). Often a jingle of the tag on my harness and a stern OUT will make me drop whatever is in my mouth. Sometimes that even prevents me picking it up in the first place. I was also quite the counter surfer and have come a long way here, but if my foster parents aren’t paying attention I may steal the piece of pizza they left on the counter. Now I lie quietly on my leash while my family is eating at their table. It is recommended you keep a leash attached to me while indoors (and outdoors) for the first month. This is a very helpful tool to discourage behaviours like counter surfing. I have not put my paws up on any counters or tables in my new home, but I like to sniff!
My leash skills are a work in progress but I am getting to be a really good walking partner. As stated before I do need to be in a harness, this does allow me to be able to pull while on leash so you need to work with me early on and if I start to get in front of you it is best to turn around and start walking the other direction so I pay attention to you. While on my walks I am a perfect gentleman when there are no distractions and I usually listen to the check of my tags or a gentle “hup hup” reminder to walk at heel. I am learning to walk on a quiet road without sidewalks, sharing the road with vehicles, people, other dogs, and on occasion wild critters. I tend to pull, whine or bark when I see any of these. You will need to learn to read me before I start to do this, check me and turn around quickly in the other direction. Treats when I sit and stay and pay attention to my leash holder work well too!
I am just learning to work on long lead skills. I sit and stay and come when asked. I walk beside my Foster Parents and turn when they turn even without the lead in their hands….I am hooked to the long lead only. I am just beginning to learn the lie down and stay lying down command. I love to please and try to do what you are asking me to do. All of the above is a work in progress.
On the weekends I go on walks with my neighbour’s dogs, who are rescue dogs as well, and although I pulled at first and just wanted to play, I have learned to settle in and have a good long walk with them. I love my interactions with them and we all get along fine….a 2-3 year old? male and female. Every once in a while I get so happy I just want to do zoomies, but a gentle tug on the leash and a “hup hup” and I am back to my gentle walk. I do better with other distractions like vehicles and people when with these other dogs. I just follow their lead.
I can hold my bladder for hours, especially if it’s raining, and have not had any accidents for months. I’d rather not go outside in the rain, but I love the snow- it tastes good too you know. When I was new to the house (and only 5 months old) I sometimes did try and sneak away to another room to use the bathroom but if I was seen doing this I’d be guided outside. This is another benefit of having me on leash for the first month of having me in my new home. I will go and sit by the door when I need out. I have had no accidents in my new home.
I love car rides and I’ve never been car sick. For the first couple months I was in Barrie I had to drive to Toronto for my appointments and I really did love the drive, and I got to meet lots of new volunteer friends this way. It’s best to secure me in the car by closing the leash in the door so I’m safe. I get in and out all by myself. I’m happy to look out the window but I sometimes bark if I see a dog walking by. I tend to bark when we get into towns with more going on outside. I told you I’m a talking husky right? I am getting less and less talky in the car as I get more used to the long drives.
I used to be timid when meeting new people when I was out and about but now I just see them as new and interesting things to meet. Once in my forever home it is highly recommended that we work with a balanced trainer to help me be my best self. We can work on walking well on the leash even with distractions and any other little things you would like me to correct for you.
In conclusion: I am one special dog! I need to wear a harness, never a collar, I am handsome, quiet in the house, have great crate skills, can occupy myself with my toys and bone, love cuddles and chin scratches, have really good leash skills when there are no distractions, am house broken, love car rides and walks, love spending time outside or anywhere you are. Remember I am still a teenager and sometimes can get really goofy. With guidance from you and a good balanced trainer I will make your house a home!

IMPORTANT

It is the recommendation of FTH that every newly adopted dog remain on leash, both inside and out, for a minimum of 30 days. As most of our dogs are outdoor dogs and strays, this will help prevent dogs running away as they are adjusting to their new home. At the same time it will help start building the bond between you and the dog. Thank you!

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