Date of intake:: 9/7/2023
Spay/Neuter status:: No
Means of surrender (length of time in previous home):: Owner surrender
Behavior toward strangers:: Friendly with some, growls and barks at those who approach the home
Behavior toward children:: Friendly
Behavior toward dogs:: Barks, lunges, snaps
Behavior toward cats:: Barks, lunges, growls
Resource guarding:: None reported
Bite history:: None reported
Energy level/descriptors:: Described as having a very high energy level.
Other Notes:: *Per owner, has general anxiety and is fearful of loud noises
Date of assessment:: 9/12/2023
Summary:: Leash Walking
Strength and pulling: Hard
Reactivity to humans: None
Reactivity to dogs: N/A
Leash walking comments: No dogs observed
Loose in room (15-20 seconds): Moderately social
Call over: Approaches with coaxing
Sociability comments: Soft when engaged with handlers, quickly becomes distracted and paces room
Soft handling: Accepts contact
Exuberant handling: Accepts contact
Comments: Standing, soft
Jog comments: Follows, loose
Knock comments: Approaches, loose
Toy comments: No response
Barks, lunges, growls
Summary (6):: 9/18/23: Maximus is at the front of the kennel with a loose and wiggly body. He jumps up and down in kennel while handler leashes him. He is leashed and taken outside to an empty yard where a drag leash is attached. He approaches handler soft bodied and allows petting, leaning in for pets. He is leashed and returned to kennel without issue
9/14/23: Maximus is at the front of the his new kennel with soft body. He backs away from the leash and barks but then immediately comes to the front. He is not interested in treats. Due to being in a front kennel he able to be removed on a single leash. Once in the yard, he is aloof, panting and pacing the pen. When the second handler leaves the pen he follows them along the fence line and jumps up. He barks at the other dogs that enter the yard. He is brought into the behavior room, where he anxiously paces the room, jumps high onto handlers. He is refocused using treats and a game of 'find it'.
9/13/23: Maximus is easily leashed with two leashes and removed from kennel. Once out he growls and barks at the other dogs as he passes their kennels but remains near the wall. Once in aa pen, one of the leashes is removed. He is anxious, pacing around the pen but will periodically sniff handlers and nudge their hands. He is doubled leashed to return to a new kennel closer to the front. He goes in without issue.
9/12/23: When Maximus comes out of kennel he immediately jumps towards one of the handlers. It is unclear if this was done as a redirection or in a social manner as this was a known handler to him
Summary (7):: 9/11/23: Maximus is at the front of the kennel soft bodied. He is leashed with two leashes as a precaution. He is taken out of kennel where he immediately begins reacting to neighboring dogs, hard barking and growling. Out in the yard, the second leash is removed and he nudges handler's hands, allowing petting. When dogs pass by, he lunges and hard barks at them. He is returned to kennel on a double leash without issue
9/10/23: A staff member reported that when attempting to exit the kennel room, Maximus began cage fighting with neighboring dogs, growling, lunging, and snapping. He then spun towards handler growling. Handler then immediately returned him to kennel without further issue
9/9/23: Maximus is at the front with soft body. He is easily leashed and removed from kennel. He pulls hard out to the street, remaining soft. He will turn his head towards handler, nudging their hands. He approaches a second handler with soft body and nudges their hands. He is highly treat motivated and will sit for treats. When handler attempts to clip his leash, he turns his head quickly and moves away. The second handler distracts him while clipping is done. He puts on the brakes when going to the kennel room but will follow a line of treats in.
9/8/23: Maximus is at the front of the kennel with a neutral body. He is easily leashed and taken outside for a street walk where he pulls lightly on leash. He does not react to dogs or other stimuli but remains aloof with handler throughout interaction. He is returned to kennel without issue
Date of initial:: 9/8/2023
Summary:: Fearful, reactive, sedated
ENERGY LEVEL:: High
BEHAVIOR DETERMINATION:: Level 4
Recommendations:: Single-pet home,No children (under 13),Recommend no dog parks,No cats
Recommendations comments:: NO CHILDREN: Due to reports of fearfulness, as well as barking at select strangers, a home with only adults is required.
SINGLE PET HOME/NO DOG PARKS: Maximus may lunge, growl, or snap at other dogs.
NO CATS: Maximus is reported to lunge and bark at cats
Potential challenges: : Fearful/potential for defensive aggression,Anxiety,On-leash reactivity/barrier frustration,Low threshold for arousal
Potential challenges comments:: Fearful/potential for defensive aggression: Maximus is reported to growl at select strangers and is described as fearful by the previous owner. See handout on Fear and Defensive Aggression.
Anxiety: Maximus is reported to have generalized anxiety in the home and has been observed to pace or seek exit within the shelter. See handout on Generalized Anxiety.
On-leash reactivity/low threshold for arousal: Maximus lunges, barks, and growls at dogs on leash. On one occasion he has redirected this frustration by turning and growling at his handler. See handout on Leash Reactivity. See handout on Arousal.