Date of intake:: 9/11/2018
Spay/Neuter status:: No
Means of surrender (length of time in previous home):: Stray, no known history.
Previously lived with:: Unknown
Date of assessment:: 9/13/2018
Summary:: Although Goliath allows to be taken out of his kennel. He is uncomfortable with up close handling and may growl. He has also allowed minimal handling from her caretakers. Out of concern for his stress levels and his response to restraint, we feel Goliath is not a great candidate for a handling assessment at this time. Please see his intake/behavior profile for a full summary of his behavior in the care center.
Summary (1):: Goliath was surrender as a stray so his past behavior with other dogs is unknown.
9/12: When off leash at the Care Centers, Goliath displays perked ears and a high vibrating tail. He is sexually motivated and attempts to mount. He tolerates the greeter's solicitations and chases her to sniff her genitals.
9/13: Goliath attempts to engaged in cooperative play but discontinues when the greeter yelps. He explores the yard the rest of his session.
Date of intake:: 9/11/2018
Summary:: Goliath was outgoing, but when attempting to remove his harness Goliath began to growl.
Date of initial:: 9/13/2018
Summary:: Goliath was fearful, and cries.
ENERGY LEVEL:: We have no history on Goliath so we cannot be certain of his behavior in a home environment.
BEHAVIOR DETERMINATION:: NEW HOPE ONLY
Behavior Asilomar: TM - Treatable-Manageable
Recommendations:: No children (under 13),Place with a New Hope partner
Recommendations comments:: No young children: Due to Goliath's response to some handling in the care center(growling). We feel he may be intimidated by small children. And that young children may not know to respect this warning.
Place with a New hope partner: Goliath has not acclimated well to the kennel environment and has allowed only minimal handling since intake. He will begin to growl whenever he is approached for any handling or cleaning of his kennel. We recommend placement with a New Hope partner who can provide any necessary behavior modification (force-free, positive reinforcement-based) and re-evaluate behavior in a stable home environment before placement into a permanent home.
Potential challenges: : Handling/touch sensitivity,Fearful/potential for defensive aggression
Potential challenges comments:: Handling/touch sensitivity: Goliath has been noted to become uncomfortable with handling at times. It is important to always go slow and give Goliath the option to walk away from any social interaction. Goliath should never be forced to approach anything that he is uncomfortable with or to submit to petting or handling. It should always be Goliath’s choice to approach a new person or thing. Goliath may do best in an initially calm and quiet home environment and should be given time to acclimate to his new surroundings.
Fearful/potential for defensive aggression: Goliath has become tense and growled during his stay in the care centers when uncomfortable; guidance from a professional trainer/behaviorist is recommended to assess behavior after decompression in a new home environment. Force-free, reward based training is advised when introducing or exposing Sasha to new and unfamiliar situations.