Date of intake:: 3/6/2019
Spay/Neuter status:: No
Means of surrender (length of time in previous home):: Owner Surrender (In home for 1 month)
Previously lived with:: An adult, a child, and a dog
Behavior toward strangers:: Timid, may growl or bark
Behavior toward children:: Playful and outgoing with the child in the home
Behavior toward dogs:: Friendly
Resource guarding:: Yes, Rockstar will growl when his food bowl, toys, or treats are touched.
Bite history:: None reported
Energy level/descriptors:: Rockstar is described as friendly, affectionate and playful with a high level of activity.
Date of assessment:: 3/10/2019
Summary:: Leash Walking
Strength and pulling: Hard
Reactivity to humans: None
Reactivity to dogs: Moderate
Leash walking comments: Barks and lunges towards dogs
Loose in room (15-20 seconds): Moderately social
Call over: Approaches with coaxing
Sociability comments: Sniffs around room, appears anxious panting heavily, approaches assessor
Soft handling: Accepts contact
Exuberant handling: Warning snap towards assessor's hand
Comments: Soft body, stands still, panting heavily
Jog: Follows (loose)
Arousal comments: None
Knock: Approaches (loose)
Knock Comments: None
Toy: No response
Toy comments: None
Summary:: The previous owner of Rockstar describes his behavior around dogs as being "friendly". A period of decompression is recommended before immediate introduction to dogs. Future introductions should be conducted at a slow pace.
3/9: When introduced through the fence to a female greeter dog, Rockstar growls. When introduced off leash he greets politely but is highly fixated on her. When she moves away he chases with high intensity, but just continues to sniff.
Date of intake:: 3/6/2019
Summary:: Tense, allowed handling
Date of initial:: 3/7/2019
Summary:: Growling, hard barking
ENERGY LEVEL:: Rockstar is described as having a high level of activity. We recommend long-lasting chews, food puzzles, and hide-and-seek games, in additional to physical exercise, to positively direct his energy and enthusiasm.
IN SHELTER OBSERVATIONS:: While Rockstar has displayed in kennel/barrier reactivity towards novel people, he warms up outside the kennel. He is highly treat motivated and will allow soft touch.
BEHAVIOR DETERMINATION:: Level 3
Behavior Asilomar: TM - Treatable-Manageable
Recommendations:: No children (under 13)
Recommendations comments:: Due to Rockstar's history of sometimes growling and barking at new people, we recommend an adult only home.
Potential challenges: : Resource guarding,Fearful/potential for defensive aggression,On-leash reactivity/barrier frustration
Potential challenges comments:: Rockstar is reported to sometimes bark and growl at unfamiliar people. Please see handout on Fearful/potential for defensive aggression.
Rockstar is reported to growl when his food, toys, or treats are touched. Please see handout on Fearful/potential for defensive aggression.
At the care center, Rockstar has lunged towards other dogs, barking. Please see handout on On-leash reactivity/barrier frustration.