Date of intake:: 2/18/2019
Spay/Neuter status:: No
Means of surrender (length of time in previous home):: Stray
Date of assessment:: 2/25/2019
Summary:: Leash Walking
Strength and pulling: Moderate
Reactivity to humans: None
Reactivity to dogs: None
Leash walking comments: None
Loose in room (15-20 seconds): Highly social
Call over: Approaches readily
Sociability comments: Stays by assessor, body soft and wiggly
Soft handling: Seeks contact
Exuberant handling: Seeks contact
Comments: Soft body, leaning into pets
Jog: Follows (loose)
Arousal comments: None
Knock: Approaches (exuberant)
Knock Comments: Jumps up
Toy: No response
Toy comments: None
Summary:: Skyler arrived into the care center with bite wounds of unknown origin. It cannot be said for certain if these wounds originated from another dog or what the source may be.
3/9: Skyler was muzzled for her first off leash interaction due to her hold status. She appears tense when greeted by a male helper dog, then begins to growl, snap and jump on him. The interaction is ended.
A single dog residence is recommended for Skyler due to the level of escalation in addition to lack of history available on behavior around dogs.
Date of intake:: 2/18/2019
Summary:: Social, allowed handling
Date of initial:: 2/19/2019
Summary:: Tense, trembling, tucked tail
ENERGY LEVEL:: We have no history on Skyler so we cannot be certain of her behavior in a home environment. However, she 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 her energy and enthusiasm.
IN SHELTER OBSERVATIONS:: Skyler has been highly social with known staff members. She will actively seek attention and allow touch and petting. However, she has recently displayed reactivity towards unknown people walking by her in the hallways, lunging and growling at them. No more specific trigger has been observed.
BEHAVIOR DETERMINATION:: New Hope Only
Behavior Asilomar: TM - Treatable-Manageable
Recommendations:: No children (under 13),Single-pet home,Recommend no dog parks,Place with a New Hope partner
Recommendations comments:: Due to lunging and growling at a staff member and at children passing by at the care center, we recommend an adult only home.
Due to growling at multiple people who were walking by her at the care center, we recommend recommend placement with a New Hope placement partner who is able to provide an experienced adult-only foster home. A period of decompression is recommended to allow Skyler to acclimate comfortably to her new environment; force-free, reward based training only is advised when introducing Skyler to new and unfamiliar situations. Consultation with a professional trainer/behaviorist is highly recommended for guidance to safely manage/modify any behavior Skyler presents with outside of the care centers.
Due to concerning levels of escalation toward dogs upon evaluation, a single dog residence is recommended.
Potential challenges: : Fearful/potential for defensive aggression
Potential challenges comments:: Skyler lunged at a staff member at the care center walking by her, barking and growling. She has also growled at children passing by her. She has been social and attention seeking with other handlers she has encountered at the care center, but certain people may elicit this reaction from her. Please see handout on Fearful/potential for defensive aggression.