Date of intake:: 10/13/2022
Spay/Neuter status:: No
Means of surrender (length of time in previous home):: Owner surrender
Previously lived with:: 2 adults, 2 dogs
Behavior toward strangers:: Friendly and outgoing
Behavior toward children:: Relaxed and playful
Behavior toward dogs:: Relaxed and playful with resident dogs, plays rough, reactive to male dogs
Behavior toward cats:: Tolerant and respectful
Resource guarding:: None reported
Bite history:: Achilles bit another dog when the dog lunged at him. He bit and held onto the other dog; the other dog did need its wounds to be cleaned.
Energy level/descriptors:: Achilles is described to have high energy
Other Notes:: He is partly house broken- tends to have accidents a few times a week. When his crate is left open, he will potty in the crate on the training pads
He has anxiety when locked in his crate and tends to bark
During Rainstorms he tends to bark for long periods and is triggered by high pitch noise.
Date of assessment:: 11/3/2022
Summary:: Leash Walking
Strength and pulling: Mild pulling
Reactivity to humans: Loose body
Reactivity to dogs: None - ignores
Leash walking comments:
Loose in room (15-20 seconds): Distracted, does not approach – active, exploring environment, highly anxious, could not settle
Call over: Readily approaches
Soft handling: Accepts contact- jumps up uncontrollably, difficult to relax dog, anxious
Exuberant handling: Accepts contact- jumps up uncontrollably, difficult to relax dog, anxious
Jog: Follows handler (loose, neutral), jumps on handler
Knock Comments: No response
Toy comments: Grips, moves away
Summary:: According to Achilles's previous owner, he was relaxed and plays rough with the resident dogs. He is reported to be reactive toward other dogs and has bitten another dog in the past. The bite did break the skin.
Due to the concerning nature of Achille's bite history and the reactivity displayed during his stay at the care center he is not an appropriate candidate for playgroup.
Summary (2):: 12/04/22: Achilles is seen digging up the kennel drain cover with his nose and teeth. This behavior is causing the dog on the other side to also become highly reactive. Another kennel was luckily available so staff moved the dog behind Achilles out to hopefully help him settle down as least temporarily until the space is needed. When the staff came back to check on him, Achilles is seen biting and grabbing onto the kennel bars and letting out high pitch frustration while doing so.
12/3/22: When the handler approaches his kennel, Achilles is standing near the front with a neutral body and rapidly wagging tail. Achilles jumps onto the kennel bars as the handler unlocks the kennel door; he focuses on treats tossed into the kennel by the handler for easy leashing and immediately pulls moderately out of the kennel. He repeatedly attempts to jump on the handler to solicit treats. The handler leads Achilles to the play yard where a drag leash is attached and he is let loose. Achilles runs around in the rain with a loose, wiggly body and high-wagging tail; the handler tosses tennis balls, which he fetches exuberantly and brings back to the handler. He then sits and drops the ball, toe-tapping in anticipation of the handler throwing the ball again. The handler trades and rotates tennis balls throughout the interaction. After a while, the handler tosses treats on the ground for Achilles to distract him while the handler re-leashes him. Achilles becomes over-aroused and tries jumping on the handler again to solicit more treats. The handler leads Achilles back to the care center where he pulls moderately on the leash and returns to his kennel without issue.
Summary (3):: 11/28/22 When handler approaches, Achilles is jumping onto kennel door. The handler tosses some treats on the floor in order to distract him. Achilles eats the treats quickly and continues to jump. Eventually the handler lassoes Achilles, being able to leash him, and proceed outside. The handler takes Achilles to the play yard where Achilles begins to wind down. His body is loose, yet his energy wasn't as high as it was in the kennel. Achilles takes treats gently and remains by the handler's side. The handler and Achilles do circles around the play yard and the handler returns Achilles to the facility after. Achilles enters his kennel with no issues.
11/27/22: Achilles is hard scratching his kennel door causing his kennel blocker to hang sideways. When handler comes in view he is panting and starts to jump on his kennel door. Handler tosses him some treats and after a few attempts handler is able to leash him. Achilles is quickly ran out of kennel room for kennel fighting neighboring dogs. At kennel room exit he begins to hard pull and lunge towards staff outside and continues to pull outside of care center. Outside of care center he quickly relieves himself and continues to hard pull on the duration of the walk. Achilles notices other dogs across the streets from him and displays a high flagging tail, ears pointed, heavy panting and lunging. Achilles is led back into Care center where he is run back into his kennel and is returned without issue.
11/21/22: Achilles standing on the kennel door wiggly body and wagging tail when handler approach. He allows handler to leash him an is ran out of kennel room to play yard. Handler attaches drag leash and he begins to run around play yard playing with tennis balls on the ground. He performs a sit and handler rewards him with treats. Handler tosses tennis ball which he eagerly chases after. After a while he allows handler to re-leash him and his taken into his kennel without issue.
11/18/22: Achilles is standing on the kennel door wagging and crying anxiously when handlers approach. He displays high energy and takes treats rapidly through the kennel bars. He is led outdoors where he relieves himself and checks in with handlers often. He performs a sit and once handlers reward him, he sits repeatedly, soliciting treats and taking them with mild force from hand. After some time he is led to the assessment room to relax and decompress. He laps up spray cheese and remains soft as handler attaches a drag leash to his collar. He eagerly engages with a variety of edible enrichment, finishing a stuffed trachea chew, a puzzle toy and snuffle mat while displaying a wagging tail and loose body. He then explores the room and accepts petting, leaning in softly. After some time he sits in the center of the room with a relaxed posture and watches handler patiently as if waiting for additional treats. After some time, he is re-leashed and led back to his kennel without issue.
Date of intake:: 10/13/2022
Summary:: Allowed handling, soft, wiggly
Date of initial:: 10/13/2022
Summary:: Shaking, timid, head shy
BEHAVIOR DETERMINATION:: Level 3
Recommendations:: No children (under 13),Single-pet home,Recommend no dog parks
Recommendations comments:: No children (under 13): Due to the high level of jumping and anxiety, Achilles should go to a home with older children.
Single-pet home/recommended no dog parks: Due to the reactivity reported in the previous home that escalated into a bite incident and the reactivity displayed in the Care Center, we recommend for Achilles be the only dog in the home and not attend dog parks. The Behavior Department recommends that Achilles receive dog socialization sessions and be desensitized to a muzzle for walks under the supervision of a certified trainer or behaviorist.
Potential challenges: : Basic manners/poor impulse control,Bite history (dog),Anxiety,On-leash reactivity/barrier frustration
Potential challenges comments:: Basic manners/poor impulse control: Achilles repeatedly jumps on handlers for attention. He needs to learn impulse control by sitting and waiting for new people. Please see the handout on Basic manners/poor impulse control.
Bite history (dog): Achilles bit a dog that lunged at him. Please see the handout on Bite History.
Anxiety: Achilles is anxious in the care center and may display similar behaviors in his new home. Please see the handout on General Anxiety.
On-leash reactivity/Barrier Frustration: At the care center, Achilles has been observed to react to other dogs on leash, lunging towards them, barking, and growling. Achilles may need positive reinforcement, and reward-based training to teach him to look at you rather than other dogs. We recommend a front clip harness or head halter to help manage this behavior. Please see the handout on On-leash reactivity/barrier frustration.