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.
Energy level/descriptors:: Medium
Summary:: Leash Walking
Strength and pulling: Mild
Reactivity to humans: None - ignores
Reactivity to dogs: None - ignores
Leash walking comments:
Loose in room (15-20 seconds): Moderately Social - checks in with handler also explores the area
Call over: Approaches readily
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.
Jog: Engages in play with handler (exuberant)
Knock: Approaches (loose)
Toy: Growls, grips & moves away
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.