Date of intake:: 5/11/2018
Spay/Neuter status:: No
Means of surrender (length of time in previous home):: Stray, surrendered by a person familiar with General
Previously lived with:: 1 adult, 1 cat
Behavior toward strangers:: Shy
Behavior toward children:: Unknown
Behavior toward dogs:: Curious, friendly
Behavior toward cats:: Relaxed, respectful
Resource guarding:: None reported
Bite history:: None reported
Energy level/descriptors:: General is described as mellow, aloof, and shy, with a medium activity level.
Other Notes:: General snapped at his previous owner when she tried to groom his rear end.
Date of assessment:: 5/15/2018
Toy:: 1. No interest.
Summary:: General is difficult to remove from the kennel,lunging and snapping. He appears to be uncomfortable or afraid of the slip lead. He has also allowed minimal handling from his caretakers. Out of concern for his stress levels and his response to restraint, we feel General is not a great candidate for a handling assessment at this time. Please see his in-care/owner profile for a full summary of his behavior in his previous home.
Summary (1):: General was surrendered as a stray so his past behavior with other dogs is unknown.
5/13-5/16: When off leash at the Care Centers, General greets a group of small male and female dogs with a soft body. He investigates the pens, occasionally checking in with the group.
Date of intake:: 5/11/2018
Summary:: Timid, tense, body position low, did not allow handling
Date of initial:: 5/12/2018
Summary:: Nervous, needed to be muzzled for examination
ENERGY LEVEL:: His previous owner describes BJ as a tolerant playful, affectionate dog.
BJ displayed low energy and movement throughout assessment, and will need daily mental and physical activity to keep him engaged and exercised.
BEHAVIOR DETERMINATION:: NEW HOPE ONLY
Behavior Asilomar: TM - Treatable-Manageable
Recommendations:: No children (under 13),Place with a New Hope partner
Recommendations comments:: Due to how uncomfortable General is currently with touch and novel stimuli, we feel that an adult-only home would be most beneficial at this time.
Place with new hope partner:Due to all noted concerns displayed in a home environment, the behavior department recommends General be placed with a New Hope placement partner who is able to provide an experienced adult-only foster home. A period of decompression is recommended to allow General to acclimate comfortably to his new environment; force-free, reward based training only is advised when introducing General to new and unfamiliar situations. Consultation with a professional trainer/behaviorist is highly recommended for guidance to safely manage/modify any behavior General presents with outside of the care centers.
Potential challenges: : Handling/touch sensitivity,Fearful/potential for defensive aggression
Potential challenges comments:: Handling/touch sensitivity: General was noted to bare teeth and snap when his surrenderer attempted to remove his collar. It is unclear if this was touch sensitivity or fear, but out of an abundance of caution we are noting that General may react with distance-increasing or even threatening behaviors when touched in certain areas.
Fearful/potential for defensive aggression: General has escalated to snapping on several occasions. His discomfort with these situations should be noted and respected. General needs a slow approach and time to warm up to new people. He should never be forced to interact; rather, General should be given the option to walk away from any situation he finds uncomfortable.