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Eight-year old, 15-lb. Zhorbit has been in foster care with New Rattitude on a four-year journey of change and discovery as she sheds her anxieties and fears and develops the skills and confidence to thrive. Her anxiety stems from residual issues from her original home where, for the first three years of her young life, she was neglected, not socialized or trained, and very likely abused. As a result, she is a fearful dog when she is out of her comfort zone and she exhibits typical fear responses that she will probably never completely unlearn. The key to living with Zhorbit is to earn her trust and reinforce her positive behaviors. Her foster parents have worked extensively on this goal with excellent results! Zhorbit has taken classes in basic obedience, agility, advanced skills, “Love and Rehab for the Reactive K9,” nose work, Control Unleashed®; she has also worked with a Tellington Touch practitioner to improve her tolerance to touch. Each new skill has improved her confidence. Watch this video of Zhorbit to see how smart and eager to please she is and how much she enjoys her training: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N_gJwcaqd10. When the people around her are sensitive to her stressors and triggers, Zhorbit is happy, relaxed, playful, and obedient. In fact, she is a funny dog who will entertain you will her silly antics! She is not a fan of cats, and while she gets along with other small dogs, she would not do well in a multi-dog household. Zhorbit is house trained and will bark to be let out. She is afraid of being crated, but can be left loose in the house for several hours at a time without causing any problems. Zhorbit enjoys daily walks for exercise and also likes to snuggle up to her favorite human for quiet time. Potential adopters must live within driving distance of Lansing, Michigan, so they can have a pre-adoption meet and greet with Zhorbit and her foster parents. Due to Zhorbit’s fear issues, she cannot be adopted to a family with children under the age of ten. For more pictures of Zhorbit, visit her on-line photo album at http://imageevent.com/newrattitude/zhorbitdewittmichigan .
Our adoption fee is $175 for adult dogs or $225 for puppies under 6 months old.
If you are interested in adopting this dog, PLEASE READ THE DETAILED ADOPTION PROCESS information on our website at NewRattitude.org/adopt.htm. From there, you can access our adoption application or contact our Adoption Team for more info.