Date of intake:: 6/4/2018
Spay/Neuter status:: Yes
Means of surrender (length of time in previous home):: Owner surrender
Behavior toward strangers:: Friendly, outgoing
Behavior toward children:: Fearful
Behavior toward dogs:: Fearful with big dogs, gentle with smalls
Date of assessment:: 6/16/2018
Look:: 1. Dog holds gaze with soft eyes, soft body. Allows head to be held loosely in Assessor's cupped hands. Dog holds gaze for three full seconds.
Sensitivity:: 1. Dog stands still and accepts the touch, eyes are averted, and tail is in neutral position with a relaxed body posture. Dog's mouth is likely closed for at least a portion of the assessment item.
Tag:: 1. Dog follows at the end of the leash, body soft.
Paw squeeze 1:: 1. Dog gently pulls back his/her paw.
Paw squeeze 2:: 1. Dog gently pulls back his/her paw.
Toy:: 1. No interest.
Summary:: Trinity came into the assessment room panting, loose and wiggly. She was friendly and social towards the handlers. She would barely nip at the leash but paid it no mind once it was out of her sight. She didn't show any reactivity towards the leash.
Summary (1):: According to Trinity's previous owner, Trinity is nervous around big dogs but is respectful with smaller dogs.
6/16: When off leash at the Care Centers, Trinity displays a stiff, forward lean posture. She focuses on the greeter, before lunging at him through the gate. When the male dog is removed from her proximity, she continues to track him; whining and pawing at the gate. Due to this behavior an off leash interaction is not conducted.
Date of intake:: 6/4/2018
Summary:: Loose, wiggly
Date of initial:: 6/4/2018
Summary:: Friendly, allowed all handling
ENERGY LEVEL:: Trinity displays a high activity level in the care center.
IN SHELTER OBSERVATIONS:: 6/6: While Trinity has been observed to be friendly and allow handling in the care center, she has been difficult to remove from her kennel at times, immediately grabbing the leash and difficult to refocus. She has also been observed to snap towards the leash/handlers at times, though we cannot be certain if this reaction is directed towards handlers or whether it is directed towards the leash due to the intensity at which it occurs.
6/7: When attempting to leash Trinity, she grabs the leash and starts thrashes it around. She cannot be distracted from this behavior with toys or treats. She also appears to be aroused by the dog in the neighboring kennel, and both dogs are fixated on barking at one another through the corner where their kennels meet. The neighboring dog was moved, and an improvement has been seen in Trinity's behavior.
Trinity may charge at the front of the kennel when the door is opened, but once out of the kennel she walks well on leash, her body is relaxed, and she appreciates being pet.
6/8: Trinity responded well to having a leash clipped to her collar instead of using a slip lead. Now, when her kennel is approached she is energetic and excited. There does not seem to be any kennel reactivity now that she is isolated and does not have any dogs surrounding her. During the interaction, she had loose, wiggly body and appeared calm and relaxed. She was jumping up for attention.
BEHAVIOR DETERMINATION:: ADULT ONLY HOME
Behavior Asilomar: TM - Treatable-Manageable
Recommendations:: No children (under 13),Single-pet home,Recommend no dog parks
Recommendations comments:: No children (under 13): Trinity is reported to be fearful towards children; we have no further details regarding this behavior though out of an abundance of caution we are recommending an adult only home.
Single-pet home/Recommend no dog parks: Due to the concerning behaviors that Trinity has shown during playgroup (see GROUPBEHAVIOR SUMMARY), we feel that Trinity should not visit dog parks and be the only resident dog. The Behavior Department recommends that she be socialized in a more controlled setting, under the supervision of a trainer or behaviorist, until her behavior towards other dogs can be further addressed. Reward-based, force-free training can be utilized to help Trinity associate dogs with things she enjoys like toys or treats.
Potential challenges: : Fearful,On-leash reactivity/barrier frustration
Potential challenges comments:: Fearful: Trinity is reported to be fearful in her previous home environment, particularly towards children and larger dogs. It is important to always go slow and give Trinity the option to walk away from any social interaction. Trinity should never be forced to approach anything that she is uncomfortable with or to submit to petting or handling. It should always be Trinity’s choice to approach a new person or thing. Trinity may do best in an initially calm and quiet home environment and should be given time to acclimate to her new surroundings.
On leash reactivity: At the care center Trinity has been observed to react to other dogs while on leash, lunging towards them, barking and growling. Trinity may need positive reinforcement, reward based training to teach her to look at you rather than other dogs and novel stimuli that may startle her. We recommend a front clip harness or head halter to help manage this behavior.