Animal Profile


Taz

Hello, my name is Taz. My animal id is #140427. I am a desexed male black dog at the . The shelter thinks I am about 5 years 1 months 1 weeks old.

I came into the shelter as a owner surrender on 4/26/2022, with the surrender reason stated as animal behavior - aggressive towards people.

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Someone has already placed a deposit on me. I'm no longer available.

Taz is in need of emergency placement for behavior reasons. He has a mutltiple bite history. In his previous home, on 3 occassions Taz quickly escalated to biting people's hands and refusing to release. He has not had a recent bite (within a year) but escalates higher level warning signs quickly when uncomfotable hard staring, becoming tense, growling, snapping. Medically Taz is a healthy dog.

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Due to the detailed behavior issues, this animal is only available for foster/adoption through one of ACC's New Hope Partners. If you are interested in adopting or fostering, please fill out the pre-screener form. This animal is not directly available for adoption through ACC and is only available by completing the pre-screener form.Adoption inquiries sent directly to ACC will not receive a response. Pre-Screener Form Taz was surrendered due to having a multiple-bite history in his previous home. He has shown some social behavior with select handlers and gives clear warning signs when uncomfortable.

My medical notes are...

Weight: 15 lbs

4/26/2022

Very nervous/tense Cage exam due to behavior M/I~ 5yrs BARH AMBx4 EEN:WNL Mentation: WNL, AMBx4 Administered trazadone 50mg Scheduled dvm exam + vaccines for tomorrow

4/27/2022

[DVM Intake] DVM Intake Exam Estimated age: 5 years Microchip noted on Intake? scan negative History: owner surrender Subjective: Observed Behavior - very tense, growling Evidence of Cruelty seen - no Evidence of Trauma seen - no Objective BCS 5/9 EENT: Eyes clear, no nasal or ocular discharge noted Oral Exam: muzzled, no oral exam PLN: No enlargements noted H/L: NSR, NMA, CRT < 2, Lungs clear, eupneic ABD: Non painful, no masses palpated U/G: Mi, 2 descended testicles MSI: Ambulatory x 4, skin free of parasites, no masses noted, healthy hair coat CNS: Mentation appropriate - no signs of neurologic abnormalities Assessment appears healthy Prognosis: good Plan: SURGERY: Okay for surgery

5/18/2022

Subjective: pre-neuter exam Objective BCS 5/9 EENT: Eyes clear, no nasal or ocular discharge noted Oral Exam: moderate dental calculus seen PLN: No enlargements noted H/L: NSR, NMA, CRT < 2, Lungs clear, eupneic ABD: Non painful, no masses palpated U/G: Mi, 2 descended testicles MSI: Ambulatory x 4, skin free of parasites, no masses noted, healthy hair coat CNS: Mentation appropriate - no signs of neurologic abnormalities Assessment moderate dental disease, grade 2 Plan: neuter today

5/18/2022

[Surgery Template - Dog Neuter] Was this dog a cryptorchid? No If so describe - Pre scrotal Incision Spermatic Cord Ligation with: 2-0 PDS Sub Q closure: 2-0 PDS Skin closure? 2-0 PDS intradermal Green Linear Tattoo Placed near Midline Surgeon: 1385

Details on my behavior are...

Behavior Condition: 3. Yellow

Date of Intake: 4/27/2022

Spay/Neuter Status: Not Applicable

Basic Information:: Taz is a 4 year old male Chihuahua Mix. His previous owner got him from a rescue as a puppy. They are unable to keep Taz because of his aggressive behavior and him biting them.

Previously lived with:: Children and Adults

How is this dog around strangers?: Around strangers Taz is reported to be aggressive. He will bark, growl and plays somewhat rough.

How is this dog around children?: Taz previously spent time with children ages 6 and 7 years old. He is reported to bark, growl and plays somewhat rough.

How is this dog around other dogs?: N/A

How is this dog around cats?: Around cats Taz is reported to be respectful and very tolerant.

Resource guarding:: Taz is not bothered when he is brushed. Taz will bark, snap and growl when he his food is touched while he's eating, a bone or treat is taken away a toy or object is taken away, taken off the furniture, is held or restrained, given a bath, his nails or feet touched, if an stranger approaches the house or a family member.

Bite history:: Taz's previous owner reported that he has bitten and it did puncture skin.

Housetrained:: Yes

Energy level/descriptors:: Medium

Other Notes:: Taz is housetrained and has never had an accident in the house. Taz will use the bathroom on the grass. During storms Taz is terrified and panics. He is reported to often escape and is aggressive to people.

Has this dog ever had any medical issues?: No

Medical Notes: N/A

For a New Family to Know: Taz is described as a dog with a medium energy level. Taz's favorite activities are playing outside and sitting in the sun. His favorite toys are are balls, stuffed toys and chew/bones. He likes to play fetch, tug and chase. He has been kept indoors only and usually sleeps in his crate. When you're home Taz will stay in his favorite spot and when you're not home he is well behaved. He has never been left alone in the yard and does well in a crate. Taz knows the command " come". For exercise Taz enjoys brisk walks on leash and playing in the yard. He is reported to pull very hard and when off leash he will wander but come when called.

Means of surrender (length of time in previous home):: Owner Surrender (4 years)

Previously lived with:: Children and Adults

Behavior toward strangers:: Around strangers Taz is reported to be aggressive. He will bark, growl and plays somewhat rough.

Behavior toward children:: spent time with children ages 6 and 7 years old. He is reported to bark, growl and plays rough.

Behavior toward dogs:: N/A

Behavior toward cats:: Around cats Taz is reported to be respectful and very tolerant.

Resource guarding:: Taz will bark, snap and growl when he his food is touched while he's eating, a bone or treat is taken away a toy or object is taken away, taken off the furniture, is held or restrained, given a bath, his nails or feet touched, if an stranger approaches the house or a family member.

Bite history:: Taz's previous owner reported that he has bitten and it did puncture skin.

Housetrained:: Yes

Energy level/descriptors:: Medium

Summary:: Leash Walking Strength and pulling: Mild Reactivity to humans: None - ignores Reactivity to dogs: None - ignores Leash walking comments: Sociability Loose in room (15-20 seconds): Moderately Social - checks in with handler also explores the area Call over: Approaches readily Sociability comments: Handling Soft handling: Accepts contact - leans in, lip licks Exuberant handling: Accepts contact - leans in, lip licks Handling comments: Would only allow handling from familiar handler. Growled at assistant. Arousal Jog: Engages in play with handler (exuberant) Arousal comments: Knock: Approaches (loose) Knock Comments: Toy: Growls, grips & moves away Toy comments:

Summary:: 5/4: Taz greeted a LMB male dog at the gate with high wagging tail neutral body. When being walked away he pulled towards the other dog and had to be coaxed along, checking back in.

Date of initial:: 4/28/2022

Summary:: very tense, growling

IN SHELTER OBSERVATIONS:: 5.11.22 Taz was wagging his tail at kennel front. He was easily leashed and trotted past neigboring dogs. Outside kept his distance from handler walking ahead pulling mild on the leash enjoying scents. He returned without issue. 5.10.22 Taz was easily leashed and brought to the yard. He remained still with his head turned to the side and up and handler reached slowly to attach a drag leash. He tolerated attachment and was let loose to wander on his own. A soft toy was provided and he engaged in play bringing the toy to the handler and chewing/playing with it on her lap while vocalizing. He would be distracted by treats allowing a trade for the toy but refused to eat them. As the session continued he began to pick eat them and eventually directly from the handlers hand. He allowed to be pet on his face and flank but when his back was touched he tensed and looked toward handler with hard eyes. Touch was avoided past that point. He returned without issue. 5.2.22 Taz was easily leashed and walked out of his kennel. He pulled mildly on his relief walk ignoring handler. When in the meet and greet room Taz would jump up seeking attention. He tolerated being pet on his flank but when his chest was touch he became tense and growled loudly. He was stiff armed but came back seeking attention so he was brought to the yard. He engaged with a soft toy playing with it on handlers lap while vocalizing. He returned to kennel without issue. 5.1.22 Taz was at the front of the kennel when approached. he was easily roped and taken to the yard. in the yard taz had a loose body and approached the staff member and solicited attention by putting their front to legs on the staffs legs. he was returned to his kennel without incident. 4.28.22 Taz was at the front of his kennel when approached, he had a low and fearful body and was evasive of the rope. once roped he was easily walked out of his kennel and to the yard. in the yard taz was kept on rope but approached the staff member and gently solicited attention by putting their front to legs on the staffs legs. they gently leaned into pets and showed no fractious behavior in the yard.

BEHAVIOR DETERMINATION:: New Hope Only

Recommendations:: No children (under 13),Place with a New Hope partner

Recommendations comments:: No children (under 13): Due to Taz's multiple-bite history we recommend he go to an adult only home. Place with a New Hope partner: Taz has 3 bite incidents in his previous home. Owner reported Taz would jump up a bite hands refusing to release.This occured with 2 adults and 1 child. Guidance from a professional trainer and placement with a New Hope Partner recommended.

Potential challenges: : Fearful/potential for defensive aggression,Resource guarding,Basic manners/poor impulse control,Handling/touch sensitivity,Multiple-bite history/risk of future aggression

Potential challenges comments:: Resource guarding: Taz will bark, snap and growl when he his food is touched while he's eating, a bone or treat is taken away a toy or object is taken away. Nothing should be taken directly from Taz's mouth it should always be traded for something of a higher value. Please see handout on Resource Guarding. Basic manners/poor impulse control: Taz has been observed to jump up on persons seeking attention. He will quickly escalate to higher level warning signs if uncomfortable. He should only be rewarded when having 4 feet on the floor. Please see handout on Basic Manners. Handling/touch sensitivity: Taz does not like to be touched by unfamiliar persons or certain places. He will let you know when uncomfortable but continue to seek attention which can lead him to escalating to a bite if pushed past his threshold. His warnings should always be respected. Please see handout on Handling/Touch Sensitivity. Fearful/potential for defensive aggression: In the care center Taz has been observed to hard bark and lunge in kennel. He escalated to growling on multiple occasions with different handlers. Please see handout out on Fearful Potential Defensive Aggression. Multiple-bite history/risk of future aggression: Taz has previously bitten in his home. Please see handout on Bite History and Potential for Future Aggression.