Date of intake:: 9/7/2023
Means of surrender (length of time in previous home):: Owner Surrender
Previously lived with:: 1 adult
Date of assessment:: 9/8/2023
Summary:: Brooklyn Billy has been intensely fearful in the care center and has escalated to growling, snapping, and attempting to bite several times while in care. Out of concern for his stress, he is not eligible for a handling assessment at this time.
Summary:: Due to operation limitations, dog-to-dog introductions are postponed.
Summary (2):: 09/10/23 When the handler approaches the kennel, Brooklyn is lying down. The handler unlocks the kennel and Brooklyn rises. The handler leashes Brooklyn and Brooklyn comes forward. They proceed to the assessment room. While walking over, Brooklyn seems a bit lethargic, stumbling and also walking into things. Upon arriving in the assessment room, Brooklyn remains by the door, pacing back and forth. The handler sits away from Brooklyn, using a squeaker to get his attention. He comes over but spins away back towards the door. The next time he approaches, he allows the handler to touch his back. The handler attempts to collar him as well, being that he hasn't had one. Brooklyn continues to pace back and forth as the handler attempts. Finally, the handler is able to get the collar on and pulls away before Brooklyn snaps at them. Brooklyn snaps again at the handler bumping into their leg as he was pacing back and forth. When attempting to remove the slip lead, Brooklyn snaps again. The handler returns Brooklyn back to his kennel where he is picked up with a towel and placed inside. The handler then retrieves a hook in order to remove the slip lead. Brooklyn bites the hook and thrashes, all before the slip lead is removed.
09/09/23 When the handler approaches the kennel, Brooklyn is pacing in his kennel. Brooklyn also barks up at the ceiling. The handler unlocks the kennel and tosses the leash onto Brooklyn. When the loop touches him, he thrashes and snaps at the rope. Once the loop is around his neck, Brooklyn darts out of his kennel. They proceed outside for a walk. Brooklyn displays a stiff body while walking quickly. Every time the handler gets close to him, he becomes stiffer, not allowing any touch. They walk for a few more minutes and the handler returns him back to the facility. Brooklyn enters the building just fine and is picked up with a blanket in order to put him in his kennel. When picked up, Brooklyn begins to thrash. Brooklyn is placed in the kennel.
9/8/23: Brooklyn Billy was brought into the canine behavior office to conduct a handling assessment. He is tense and fearful, panting heavily and avoiding staff. Brooklyn Billy tolerates some touch but is quick to escalate to snapping and attempting to bite when made uncomfortable. A metal hook is used to remove Brooklyn's harness and Brooklyn Billy snaps at it repeatedly. He is left on the leash but allowed to walk where he chooses, Brooklyn Billy stands at the door, pacing and panting heavily. He does not respond to treats or handlers' attempts to engage. Brooklyn Billy is returned to the kennel. A blanket is used to lift him up into the kennel and a metal hook is used to remove the leash.
Date of intake:: 9/7/2023
Summary:: growled, attempted to bite when picked up
Date of initial:: 9/15/2023
Summary:: Whale eye, snapping at handlers, tucked tail
ENERGY LEVEL:: We have limited history on Brooklyn Billy so we cannot be certain of his behavior in a home environment. However, he 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.
BEHAVIOR DETERMINATION:: New Hope Only
Recommendations:: No children (under 13),Place with a New Hope partner
Recommendations comments:: NO CHILDREN: Due to Brooklyn Billy's potential for defensive aggression, we recommend he be placed in an adult-only home.
NEW HOPE ONLY: Due to Brooklyn Billy's fearfulness and potential for defensive aggression, we recommend he be placed in an experience foster or adopter home through one of our New Hope partners.
Potential challenges: : Fearful/potential for defensive aggression
Potential challenges comments:: FEARFUL/ POTENTIAL FOR DEFENSIVE AGGRESSION: Brooklyn Billy has escalated to growling and attempting to bite on multiple occasions both at intake and during his time in the care center. His signs of discomfort must be respected; Brooklyn Billy 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 Brooklyn Billy. More aversive techniques are likely to increase fear, increase the risk of aggression, and decrease Brooklyn Billy's quality of life.