Date of intake:: 8/23/2019
Spay/Neuter status:: No
Means of surrender (length of time in previous home):: Stray, no known history
Date of assessment:: 8/26/2019
Summary:: Leash Walking
Strength and pulling: Moderate
Reactivity to humans: None
Reactivity to dogs: None
Leash walking comments: Leash biting throughout walk
Loose in room (15-20 seconds): Moderately social
Call over: Approaches readily
Soft handling: Accepts contact, neutral
Exuberant handling: Accepts contact, neutral
Arousal comments: While attempting jog portion, Huey fixated on the flat leash that was attached to his collar. Each time handler attempted to pick up the leash, Huey would jump up and leash bite; multiple attempts to refocus were made, however, due to how highly aroused Huey was he was unable to settle. Assessment was ceased.
Knock Comments: Unable to conduct
Toy comments: Unable to conduct
Summary:: Huey was surrendered as a stray so his past behavior with other dogs is unknown.
8/28-8/29: When off leash at the Care Center, Huey is introduced to a novel female dog. He initially keeps to himself as he explores the pens, but as the session progresses, he reciprocates the female’s play solicitations with brief bounces.
8/31: Huey became aroused during play when the female yelped after being slammed into the fence. He chuffs and tenses his posture before attempting to dart after her. He is slowed down by handlers.
9/04: Huey continues to be social and bouncy with a known female.
Date of intake:: 8/23/2019
Summary:: Loose, allowed all handling
Date of initial:: 8/23/2019
Summary:: Relaxed initially but tense when restrained
ENERGY LEVEL:: In the care center, Huey has shown a high level of energy. It is important to note that Huey may have a different energy level in a home environment. We have no history on Huey so we cannot be certain of his behavior in a home environment. However, he is a young, enthusiastic, social dog who will need daily mental and physical activity to keep him engaged and exercised. 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:: 8/26/19: While attempting to leash Huey to bring him back to his kennel after his assessment was concluded, Huey fixated on the leash and persistently attempted to jump up and leash bite on the flat leash that was attached to his collar as well as the slip lead that was trying to be placed onto him; he attempted to grab each leash in sight and would try to tug. While jumping up and mouthing at the leash, Huey snapped at the hand of the handler holding the leash. During this incident, interrupters were used; when one interrupter was used, Huey turned around, hard barked and snapped towards the handler. Huey grabbed onto the nearby assess-a-hand and pulled it towards him, ultimately de-stuffing it. A second handler successfully leashed Huey and walked him back to his kennel where he was returned without further issue.
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): Huey has been observed to jump up on handlers and at times attempt to mouth them at times. Huey also displays a low threshold for arousal and he does not seem to readily recover. Due to the observed behaviors, we feel as though he would be best set up to succeed in an adult only home environment.
Place with a New Hope Partner: While Huey appears social towards handlers, due to the low threshold for arousal that he has displayed in the care center combined with his attempt to redirect towards a handler, we feel as though he would be best set up to succeed if placed with an experienced rescue partner who can reassess his behavior in a more stable home environment. Force-free, reward based training only is advised as well ad seeking guidance from a professional trainer or veterinary behaviorist.
Potential challenges: : Basic manners/poor impulse control,Mouthiness/poor bite inhibition,Leash-biting,Low threshold for arousal
Potential challenges comments:: Basic manners/Mouthiness: Huey appears to jump up high towards handlers in a social manner as well as become mouthy when excited, please see handouts on Mouthiness and Basic Manners.
Leash-biting: Huey is quick to fixate on and grab the leash in his mouth, jumping up and mouthing. We recommend walking him with a toy to dissuade him from grabbing the leash. Positive reinforcement, force-free training is advised to teach him to focus on you rather than grabbing the leash. Please see the handout on Leash Manners.
Low threshold for arousal: Huey has been observed to display a low threshold for arousal, fixating on items such as his leash; jumping up high to grab it, tugging and unable to readily settle on his own. While in an aroused state, Huey was observed to jump up and snap at handler's hand while leash biting. He was also observed to hard bark and redirect towards a handler who attempted to interrupt his leash biting. Please see handout on Arousal.