Date of intake:: 3/7/2019
Spay/Neuter status:: No
Means of surrender (length of time in previous home):: Owner surrender
Previously lived with:: 2 Adults, 2 Children (9, 12)
Behavior toward strangers:: Friendly
Behavior toward children:: Friendly, affectionate and playful (rough)
Behavior toward dogs:: Unknown
Behavior toward cats:: Ignores, does not interact
Resource guarding:: None reported.
Bite history:: None reported.
Energy level/descriptors:: Tunchi is described as a friendly, affectionate, playful, confident and energetic with a very high energy level.
Date of assessment:: 3/10/2019
Summary:: Tunchi has allowed minimal handling in the care center; he remains very nervous and has made attempts to lunge and snap. Out of concern for his stress level and handler safety, an assessment will not be attempted at this time.
Summary:: According to Tunchi's previous owner, he did not socialize with other dogs while in their care. During his walks, Tunchi ignores dogs that walk past him.
3/11: Tunchi is uncomfortable with handling. Upon being removed from his kennel, he began to thrash, jump up, bite the leash, and shake his head in an attempt to dislodge the rope. He further began to escalate to alligator rolling until reaching outside. Once outside and in the pens, an attempt to collar him was suspended and an off-leash interaction was not conducted due to Tunchi's high-stress levels. He was walked around the pen to give him a moment to decompress. A gate greet was conducted with a novel female. Tunchi displayed sexually motivated behaviors when greeting the female. He had a high flagging tail, stood on his tip-toes while leaning forward and whined.
Date of intake:: 3/7/2019
Summary:: Loose body, wagging tail, tense when leashed, hard pulling, attempted to bite when collared
Date of initial:: 3/8/2019
Summary:: Very nervous, attempts to bite, lunging, muzzled for exam
ENERGY LEVEL:: Tunchi is reported to have a high energy level in the care center.
IN SHELTER OBSERVATIONS:: 3/7
During intake, Tunchi had a loose body and wagging tail. When a leash was placed around his neck, he became tense. When handler attempted to collar, he turned his head and snapped at her wrist making contact (teeth grazed wrist).
BEHAVIOR DETERMINATION:: New Hope Only
Behavior Asilomar: TM - Treatable-Manageable
Recommendations:: No children (under 13),Place with a New Hope partner
Recommendations comments:: No children (under 13): Because of all the concerns noted in the care center, we feel Tunchi would be best set up to succeed in an experienced adult only home environment.
Place with a New Hope partner: In the care center, Tunchi remains highly fearful though has warmed up to select and familiar staff members. Because he has been observed to escalate rapidly on multiple occasions, we feel he would be best set up to succeed if placed with an experienced rescue partner. Force-free, reward based training only is advised when introducing or exposing Tunchi to new and unfamiliar situations.
Potential challenges: : Handling/touch sensitivity,Fearful/potential for defensive aggression
Potential challenges comments:: Handling/touch sensitivity: Tunchi was observed to snap at a handler who attempted to collar him making contact with her wrist, please see handout on Handling sensitivity.
Fearful/potential for defensive aggression: Tunchi has been observed to growl and lunge towards handlers in the care center, please see handout on fearful/potential for defensive aggression.