Date of intake:: 7/5/2019
Spay/Neuter status:: No
Means of surrender (length of time in previous home):: Owner surrender
Previously lived with:: 4 Adults, 1 Dog (Female, Unaltered), 1 Cat
Behavior toward strangers:: Initially hard barks, growl, lunge; Warms up to be friendly and playful
Behavior toward children:: Unknown
Behavior toward dogs:: Relaxed and respectful (w/resident dog and novel medium-large dogs); Barks and lunges (w/small dogs)
Behavior toward cats:: Previous bite (w/resident cat)
Resource guarding:: Previous owner reported Don to growl when resident dog would approach his ball. No resource guarding reported with food, toys or treats toward humans.
Bite history:: June 2019: Previous owner reported Don to have bitten the let ankle of a family member in the home. Don was observed to be tied up at the bottom of the staircase and the owner’s mother attempted to walk past him. Don was then observed to nip the mother’s left ankle, releasing immediately, not breaking skin.
January 2019: Previous owner reported Don to have bitten the right leg of a family member in the home. Don was observed to be tied up to the bottom of the staircase when a delivery man approached the side door and owner’s brother attempted to open the door, while pushing Don back with his leg. Don was then observed to turn his head toward the brother and bit him on the calf and immediately releasing, not breaking skin. The result was one scratch and redness.
January 2018: Previous owner reported to have heard Don growling and barking in another room where the resident cat was hissing at Don and then yowled. When the owner entered the room, he saw Don had the cat in his mouth and pried open his mouth where Don was then observed to release the cat. The bite was to the neck and chest of the cat, resulting in one puncture to the neck and one to the face, requiring emergency treatment.
Energy level/descriptors:: Don is described as friendly, affectionate, playful and excitable with a high level of energy.
Summary:: Leash Walking
Strength and pulling: Moderate pulling
Reactivity to humans: None
Reactivity to dogs: None
Leash walking comments:
Loose in room (15-20 seconds): Soft and wiggly, high energy, ears back, tail wagging, jumps up exuberantly soliciting attention, readily accepts treats with soft mouth, some panting, stays near handlers, accepts all contact
Call over: Approaches exuberantly
Soft handling: Neutral-tense, leans into handler, panting, jumps up onto handler exuberantly, mouthy, head whips, tail wagging, accepts contact
Exuberant handling: Neutral-tense, leans into handler, panting, mouthy, heads whips, tail wagging, accepts contact
Jog: Engages in play with handler, soft and loose
Arousal comments: Prior to jog, jumps up onto handler and mouths toward leash; After jog is completed, jumps up and mouths leash; Readily refocused
Knock Comments: No response to knock; Approaches assistant readily, jumps up soliciting attention, soft and loose
Toy comments: Grips, tenses and moves away
Summary:: According to his previous owner, Don previously lived with a medium-mixed breed, unaltered female dog and was relaxed and respectful around her. When interacting with novel large dogs, Don is also respectful. When encountering novel small dogs, Don is reported to hard bark and lunge toward them.
7/7: When off leash at the Care Centers, Don is introduced to a novel female dog. He is tense at the gate with a forward facing posture. His leash is held due to the female's inexperience and he is sexually motivated as he greets the female. He watches her with hard eyes when he is slowed down by handlers. His posture remains tense for the duration of the session.
Summary (1):: Don understands the cues for “sit,” “stay,” and “paw.”
Date of intake:: 7/5/2019
Summary:: Soft and wiggly, readily approached staff; Allowed all handling
Date of initial:: 7/6/2019
Summary:: Loose, jumped up onto staff, some whale eye; Allowed all handling
ENERGY LEVEL:: Don has been observed to exhibit a high level of energy during his interactions in the care center. We cannot be certain of his behavior in a home environment, but we recommend daily mental and physical stimulation as an outlet for his energy.
BEHAVIOR DETERMINATION:: New Hope Only
Behavior Asilomar: TM - Treatable-Manageable
Recommendations:: No children (under 13),No cats,Place with a New Hope partner
Recommendations comments:: No cats: Because of Don's previous bite to a cat, we advise against placing him into a home with other cats or smaller animals.
No children (under 13): Due to Don's previously reported resource guarding, fearful behavior with the potential for defensive aggression and multiple-bite history, we feel he would be best set up to succeed in an adult-only home at this time.
Place with a New Hope partner: Although he displays social behavior, previous owner reported Don to exhibit resource guarding, fearful behavior with the potential for defensive aggression and have a recent multi-bite history (SEE BITE HISTORY). As a result, we feel he would be best set up to succeed if placed with an experienced rescue partner to help manage this behavior and decompress in a more stable environment prior to permanent placement in an adult-only home. Force-free, reward based training only is advised when introducing or exposing Don to new and unfamiliar situations, as well as utilizing guidance from a qualified, professional trainer/behaviorist.
Potential challenges: : Resource guarding,Fearful/potential for defensive aggression,Multiple-bite history/risk of future aggression
Potential challenges comments:: Resource guarding: Don is reported to growl when other dogs approach his ball, this behavior was not reported to be directed onto humans, however we recommend exercising caution and appropriate management of Don. Please see handout on Resource guarding.
Multiple bite history/risk of future aggression: Don has escalated to biting on multiple occasions (two incidents to humans, one incident to a cat; see "Bite history"), so this may be an established behavior that he offers when he feels threatened. Don needs careful behavior modification and management to prevent future bites. We recommend only force-free, reward-based training methods for Don as more aversive techniques are likely to increase fear and increase the risk of aggression.
Fearful/potential for defensive aggression: Don is reported to growl, hard bark and lunge at strangers initially, please see handout on Fearful and Defensive Aggression.