Date of intake:: 7/8/2023
Means of surrender (length of time in previous home):: Owner Surrender
Previously lived with:: adults
Behavior toward strangers:: fearful of strangers, will jump/growl at men.
Behavior toward children:: no reported history
Behavior toward dogs:: respectful with older dogs, playful with younger dogs
Behavior toward cats:: curious
Resource guarding:: Will growl if someone tries to touch his food or bowl while eating.
Bite history:: JC was startled by an approaching dog and lunged and bit him. The bite did not break skin.
Energy level/descriptors:: reported to be high energy
Other Notes:: Fearful during nail trims
Date of assessment:: 7/27/2023
Strength and pulling: Mild
Reactivity to humans: Inconclusive
Reactivity to dogs: Inconclusive
Leash walking comments: None
Loose in room (15-20 seconds): Highly Social
Call over: Approaches readily
Sociability comments: approaches handling and jumps on them for petting, walks to both assessor and assistant
Soft handling: Accepts Contact
Exuberant handling: Accepts Contact
Handling comments: accepts petting, loose body, relaxed face
Jog: Follows (loose)
Arousal comments: follows jog with loose/neutral body
Knock: Approaches Loose
Knock Comments: Stares at door, but eventually greets person at the door with a loose body
Toy: Grips, moves away
Toy comments: walks behind assistant with toy
Strength and pulling: None
Reactivity to humans: None
Reactivity to dogs: None
Leash walking comments: None
Loose in room (15-20 seconds): Fearful
Call over: Approaches with coaxing
Sociability comments: None
Soft handling: Fearful
Exuberant handling: Fearful
Handling comments: Tense, lip licks
Jog: Follows (low, fearful)
Arousal comments: None
Knock Comments: Fearful
Toy: No response
Toy comments: Ignores
Summary:: Due to JC's bite history with another dog and reactivity observed in the Care Center, he is not an appropriate candidate for playgroup at this time.
Summary (2):: 9/6/23: JC is hard barking and bouncing off of the walls of his kennel when the handler approaches. He is tense, panting hard with pinned ears and a tucked tail. JC pulls mildly while in the care center. Once outside, he begins to pull harder with each loud noise or sighting of another dog. He is walked a block down to a quieter area and is able to settle enough to engage in a treat scatter and interact with the handler, leaning in to solicit contact. JC is still tense with pinned ears but has a more relaxed body and pants than previously. However, an alarm begins to sound that startles JC. He ceases searching for or taking food and returns to his previous intensity of panting and tension in the body. JC begins to pull extremely hard and does not respond to threats. Once away from the alarm, JC is still pulling to the point he is beginning to cough so the handler pauses for a moment and initiates contact with JC. JC leans in, continuing to pant heavily, and allows contact for a few moments. Handler continues and JC resumes walking, but pulling is slightly decreased. He is returned to the kennel without issue.
Summary (3):: 8/30: JC's kennel location was changed to one closer to the door due to intense kennel fighting.
08/25/23 When the handler approaches, JC is standing still with a neutral body. The door is unlocked and JC is leashed with ease. They proceed outside for a walk. JC displays a still, neutral body on his play to the play yard. Once arrives, JC is administered a drag leash as he is allowed to free roam. JC solicits treats from the handler and is accepting of petting. The handler returns JC back to the facility where he enters the building and his kennel with no issue.
08/20/23 JC is witnessed hard barking and snarling in the kennel. After enrichment was given out, JC began to hard bark, growl, and lunge toward the kennel door.
08/18/23 When the handler approaches the kennel, JC is standing in his kennel with a neutral body. The handler unlocks the kennel door and is able to leash JC with no issue. They proceed outside for a walk. The handler decided to take JC to the play yard instead where a drag leash was administered to him. JC is allowed to free-roam around the yard. JC goes to sniff in different areas around the yard. JC takes treats gently when administered and will also allow touch, sitting next to the handler calmly, and accepting pets. JC remains next to the handler sitting for the remainder of the engagement. The handler returns JC back to the facility where he enters the building and his kennel with no issue.
08/06/23 When the handler approaches the kennel, JC is standing with a loose, wiggly body, vocalizing at the handler. The handler unlocks the kennel door and leashes JC with ease, proceeding outside for a walk. JC is anxious exiting the kennel, fleeing for the exit door leading outside. JC scans the area once outside, cautiously making his way through the parking lot with a more still posture. JC pulls intensely, pulling side to side. JC allows the handler to pet him as they come to a stop and the handler pets JC. When the handler commences the walk, JC pulls in the direction of the facility. They return back to the building where JC enters quickly as well as his kennel.
Summary (4):: 07/21/23 When the handler approaches the kennel, JC is moving around sporadically. The handler unlocks the kennel door and JC winds down, being leashed with ease and proceeding outside for a walk. JC displays a loose, wiggly body while pulling hard on the leash. JC will take treats off the floor but not when in the handler's hand. JC leans in for a touch and turns his back to the handler, leaning back to feel that he is sitting on/near the handler. JC will continue to pull for the remainder of the walk. JC is returned to the facility where he enters the building and his kennel with no issue.
07/14/23 When the handler approaches, JC is in the back of his kennel. When the handler begins to unlock the door, JC comes forward willingly, allowing the handler to leash him and proceed outside for a walk. JC displays a still, fearful body with a tucked tail, pinned ears, and a stiff body. JC slightly pulls on the lead and does very little to engage with the handler. The handler returns JC back to the facility where he enters the building with no issue. Upon arriving in front of his kennel room, his kennel isn't ready yet, so him and the handler patiently wait in the hall. JC remains fearful with a tucked tail and still body.
7/9: JC is all the way in the back of his kennel with a tense, trembling body, whale eyes, and pinned ears. A Handler offers him high-value treats such as cold cuts, sliced cheese, and chicken breast but he shows no interest. He lip licks and presses himself closer to the back of the kennel as the door is unlocked. With a slow approach, the Handler attempts to leash JC, but he begins dodging the lead, taking several attempts for the Handler to successfully leash him. Once leashed, the Handler steps to the side with the kennel door open to allow him the space and opportunity to exit. It takes several moments but JC exits the kennel on his own and attempts to bolt out of the room. Even though he is on the lead, JC attempts to flee from the Handler constantly looking back with whale eyes, a tense body, tightly tucked tail. while panting heavily. and pulling hard on the lead. The Handler takes him for a walk and he is able to relieve himself but he remains tense, fearful, and uncomfortable for the duration of the Walk. Due to the high levels of heat and concern for his stress levels, once JC relieves himself the Handler brings him back to the building and he returns to his kennel without issue.
Date of intake:: 7/8/2023
Summary:: barked and lunged at staff member and did not cease until staff member moved out of view
Date of initial:: 7/14/2023
Summary:: Panting, hyperactive, jumping up on handlers and other people in room
ENERGY LEVEL:: His previous owners describe J.C. as a high-energy dog. In the care center he has been active and enthusiastic. He may have a low threshold for arousal and needs guidance to learn how to appropriately channel that energy when he becomes overstimulated. He will need daily mental and physical stimulation and exercise, and force-free, positive reinforcement-based training may help him to learn impulse control and to train desirable behaviors that can be rewarded.
BEHAVIOR DETERMINATION:: Level 4
Recommendations:: No children (under 13),Single-pet home,Recommend no dog parks
Recommendations comments:: NO CHILDREN: Due to J.C.'s potential for fearful and defensive aggression, resource guarding, and bite history, we recommend he be placed in an adult-only home.
SINGLE-PET HOME/RECOMMEND NO DOG PARKS: JC was reported to have bitten another dog in the previous home due to being startled. He has displayed reactivity to other dogs while in care as well. Due to this, we recommend that JC to be the only dog in the home and not attend dog parks.
Potential challenges: : House soiling,Destructive behavior,Fearful/potential for defensive aggression,On-leash reactivity/barrier frustration,Resource guarding,Bite history (dog)
Potential challenges comments:: HOUSE SOILING: JC is reported to have accidents in the home. He will need force-free, reward-based training to learn the appropriate behavior. Please see handout on House Soiling.
RESOURCE GUARDING: JC is reported to growl if his food or treats are touched. Nothing should be taken from him directly and he should be taught drop it and trade up cues. Please see handout on Resource Guarding.
DESTRUCTIVE BEHAVIOR: JC is reported to show destructive behavior in the home, such as chewing on furniture. We are unaware of what, if any, attempts were made to remedy this behavior but we suggest to future adopters that JC will need to be provided with physical and mental stimulation and with a variety of appropriate and engaging chew toys so he can engage in necessary chewing behavior without damage to human objects. Please see handout on Destructive Behavior.
FEARFUL/ POTENTIAL FOR DEFENSIVE AGGRESSION: JC has escalated to growling and lunging during his time in the care center. He is also reported to have lunged and bitten by his previous owners. His signs of discomfort must be respected; JC should never be forced to interact, he should always be given the opportunity to walk away from situations or people he finds uncomfortable. We recommend a slow approach and we recommend ONLY force-free, reward-based training methods for JC. More aversive techniques are likely to increase fear, increase the risk of aggression, and decrease JC's quality of life. Please see handout on Fearful and Defensive Aggression.
BITE HISTORY (DOG): JC has one bite on record. He lunged and bit another dog who startled him. The bite did not break skin. Please see handout on Bite History and Potential for Future Aggression.
ON-LEASH REACTIVITY/ BARRIER FRUSTRATION: JC is reported to bark at other dogs and hard barked and lunged at staff while in care and is reported to have done so in the home. He may need force-free, reward-based training to learn how to look at his handler instead of others. Please see handout on On-Leash Reactivity and Barrier Frustration.