Date of intake:: 5/29/2018
Spay/Neuter status:: No
Means of surrender (length of time in previous home):: Stray, no known history
Other Notes:: Lazuli was reported to be jumping and "snapping" at passersby. We have no additional details.
Date of assessment:: 6/16/2018
Look:: 2. Dog pulls out of Assessor's hands each time without settling during three repetitions.
Sensitivity:: 1. Dog leans into the Assessor, eyes soft or squinty, soft and loose body, open mouth.
Tag:: 2. Dog is not fearful, but is unresponsive when touched. Approaches the Assessor when the game ends (may need coaxing to approach). Dog is focused on stimuli other than the Assessor.
Paw squeeze 1:: 2. Dog quickly pulls back.
Paw squeeze 2:: 2. Dog quickly pull back.
Toy:: 3. Dog takes toy away, keeps a firm hold. Body is stiff.
Summary:: Lazuli came into the assessment room anxious and very energetic. He was social but very distracted with his surroundings. When attempting to give him the toy on resources he would snap at the toy with a hard mouth. When the handler try to remove the toy he would grab and bite the stick with a hard mouth again.
Summary (1):: Lazuli was surrender as a stray so his past behavior with other dogs is unknown.
6/16: When off leash at the Care Centers, Lazuli is sexually motivated. He explores the yard before positioning himself to mount the female greeter. Lazuli responds to handler interruptions by air snapping in their direction, so his session is ended immediately.
Date of intake:: 5/29/2018
Summary:: Calm, loose bodied, allowed all handling
Date of initial:: 5/31/2018
Summary:: Friendly, active
ENERGY LEVEL:: In the care center Lazuili has been active and enthusiastic; he may have a low threshold for arousal and needs guidance to learn how to appropriately channel that energy when he becomes overstimulated. He will need daily mental and physical stimulation and exercise, and a force-free, positive reinforcement-based training class may help him to learn impulse control and to train desirable behaviors that can be rewarded
IN SHELTER OBSERVATIONS:: 6/6: Lazuli was very interested in toys while in the yard this morning. He played with the toys and swapped with the handler socializing with him. He came when called and stayed by the handler's side. Lazuli is becoming more engaged with people and toys than he was when he first arrived and likes to engage in play now.
6/7: Lazuli was housed next to dog that has been presenting some reactivity to her kennel, other dogs, and the leash. We suspect that some of Lazuli's behavior may be in response to the increased reactivity of this neighbor. Today Lazuli was moved to the opposite side of the room away from the other dog. Lazuli now appears calmer and easier to manage.
6/8: Lazuli's behavior appears to be puppy-ish in its exuberance and focus. He is distracted with treats in the kennel in order to leash him. Once outside of the kennel, he is loose and wiggly and has high energy. Lazuli was very interested in toys while in the yard this morning. He played with the toys and swapped with the handler socializing with him.
Lazuli appears to be deteriorating in the shelter environment. Recently he has not been responded to refocusing attempts/treats and directs his frustration onto the leash and becomes difficult to handle. He does well in the yard but walking requires very durable treats and toys to keep his focus off of the leash and the dogs around him.
BEHAVIOR DETERMINATION:: NEW HOPE ONLY
Behavior Asilomar: TM - Treatable-Manageable
Recommendations:: No children (under 13),Place with a New Hope partner
Recommendations comments:: No children: Due to concerning behaviors displayed in the care center, we feel that an adult-only home would be most beneficial at this time.
New hope partner: Due to Lazuli concerning behaviors displayed previously in the care center combined with his very low threshold for arousal. He will need appropriate guidance in order to learn confidence and better coping skills. We feel we can best set him up for success through placement with a New Hope partner. We recommend only force-free, reward-based training methods as more aversive techniques will likely increase fear and increase the risk of aggression.
Potential challenges: : Basic manners/poor impulse control,Social hyperarousal,Mouthiness/poor bite inhibition
Potential challenges comments:: Basic manners/poor impulse control: Lazuli has been observed to leash bite in the care center when overstimulated, he is unable to be readily refocused with toys/treats at this time. It is recommended that default behaviors such as "Leave it", "Sit/Stay", "Down" are reinforced to substitute any frustration and teach Lazuli to control his impulses instead of simply reacting; proper management is also advised. Force-free, reward based training only is recommended.
Social hyperarousal: Lazuli has displayed low threshold for arousal, rapidly escalating; because there is propensity for him to tip over to aggression, immediate intervention and consultation with a qualified veterinary behaviorist/professional trainer is strongly recommended to aid in addressing this issue to prevent further behavioral concerns that may appear in the future if not treated right away. We recommend only force-free, reward based training when introducing or exposing Lazuli to new and unfamiliar situations.