Animal Profile


Hello, my name is Maximus. My animal id is #181419. I am a male black dog at the . The shelter thinks I am about 3 years 6 months 2 weeks old.

I came into the shelter as a owner surrender on 9/7/2023, with the surrender reason stated as person circumstance- moving.


Someone has already placed a deposit on me. I'm no longer available.

Maximus is on emergency placement for behavioral reasons. Though social with shelter staff he has demonstrated high levels of dog reactivity; may lunge or growl with the potential to growl at handlers in the midst of frustration. Medically, he is apparently healthy.

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This pet needs emergency placement. Please click here to go to our emergency placement page for more information. Maximus is on emergency placement for behavioral reasons. Though social with shelter staff he has demonstrated high levels of dog reactivity; may lunge or growl with the potential to growl at handlers in the midst of frustration. Medically, he is apparently healthy. Maximus arrived to ACC from a previous home. He has been playful with his known family members and is friendly and social appearing with shelter staff. He is reported to be friendly with strangers but may growl or bark at those who approach his home. Maximus is described as reactive toward other animals and this has also been observed in-shelter. Maximus may lunge, growl, bark, or snap toward other dogs as well as cats. During on instance Maximus was reported to have turned and growled at his handler at the height of reactivity. At this time he is only handled by select experienced staff. We recommend placement into an experienced, adult only home with no other animals.

My medical notes are...

Weight: 75 lbs


DVM Intake Exam Estimated age: 2-4 years based on condition of teeth and eyes Microchip noted on Intake? Scanned negative History: Owner surrender due to unstable housing situation Subjective: BAR Observed Behavior - dog reactive when taken out of kennel, initially allows handling and muzzling and then began thrashing on leash and when approached. Whining/backing up into wall. Did not escalate to aggression but highly fearful. Opted to sedate for exam and tasks, using 1ml Dexmedetomidine (500mcg/ml) + 1 ml Butorphanol (10mg/ml) IM. Adequate sedation but periodically reactive/whining. Is there evidence of Cruelty? No Is there evidence of Neglect? No Is there evidence of Trauma? No Objective T = P = 80 bpm, sedated R = 12 bpm, sedated BCS: 4/9 EENT: Eyes clear, ears clean, no nasal or ocular discharge noted Oral Exam: Adult dentition, staining, no obvious tartar (limited exam due to muzzle) PLN: No enlargements noted H/L: NSR, NMA, CRT < 2, Lungs clear, eupnic ABD: Non painful, no masses palpated U/G: Externally WNL, intact male, 2 scrotal testes, s/s MSI: Ambulatory x 4, skin free of parasites, no masses noted, healthy hair coat CNS: Mentation appropriate - no signs of neurologic abnormalities Rectal: Externally WNL Wood's Lamp Exam: not performed Assessment Apparently healthy Intact male Prognosis: Good Plan: Intake tasks + exam Full reversal IM Await behavior assessment Await sort Rx: Trazodone 275mg PO BID indefinitely SURGERY: Okay for surgery


Staff notes vomiting. Pet QAR in cage. Pet comes to door as I speak to him. EEN: Green mucoid discharge in nasal planum RESP: Eupneic A: CIRDC Plan Doxycycline 300mg 1 tablet po sid x 10d Doxycyclien 100mg 1/2 tablet po sid x 10d

Details on my behavior are...

Behavior Condition: 3. Yellow

How is this dog around strangers?: friendly, outgoing and playful.

How is this dog around children?: friendly, outgoing and playful (reported to spend time with children ages 1-10).

How is this dog around other dogs?: snaps, lunges, hard barks and growls when around familiar and unfamiliar dogs.

How is this dog around cats?: lunges, hard barks and growls

Resource guarding:: none

Bite history:: none

Housetrained:: Yes

Energy level/descriptors:: Very High

Other Notes:: Has general anxiety and is fearful of loud noises. Is anxious when left home alone. Growls, hard barks and lunges at strangers that approach the home, large dogs and small animals. Is not bothered by being held/restrained, being woken up, when startled, when pushed/pulled off furniture, when paws are touched and when collar is grabbed.

Has this dog ever had any medical issues?: No

For a New Family to Know: Maximus is a social, affectionate, active and playful dog. Loves to be with people and give kisses. Allows family to brush, bathe and trim nails. Does moderately pull on walks. Loves car rides! Knows the cues sit, stay, down, up, stop, leave it, paw, shake and stay. He is very smart! He is protective over the people he loves and is a very quick learner. He loves to play fetch!

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

Housetrained:: Yes

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 Sociability 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 Arousal Jog comments: Follows, loose Knock Knock comments: Approaches, loose Toy Toy comments: No response

Summary:: 9/12/23 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



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.