Date of intake:: 4/22/2019
Spay/Neuter status:: No
Means of surrender (length of time in previous home):: Stray, no known history
Summary:: Leash Walking
Strength and pulling: Mild pulling
Reactivity to humans: None
Reactivity to dogs: None
Leash walking comments:
Loose in room (15-20 seconds): Social, stays near handlers, jumps up onto handler's lap and desk soliciting attention, soft, loose and wiggly body, tail wagging, panting
Call over: Approaches readily, exuberant
Soft handling: Soft body, panting, tail wagging, leans in and accepts all contact
Exuberant handling: Soft body, panting, tail wagging, leans in and accepts all contact
Jog: Follows handler, soft and loose; Somewhat engages in play
Knock Comments: No response to knock; Approaches assistant soft and loose
Toy comments: Minimal interest
Summary:: Skippy was surrendered as a stray so his past behavior around dogs is unknown. When off leash at the Care Center, Skippy displays a soft wiggly body when greeting both a novel males and females dog. He engages in running chase-play, with a few body bumps and will take appropriate breaks. Skippy will grumble when he is uncomfortable with paw slapping to his face. Due to his behavior around other dogs at the Care Center, we feel that Skippy should be placed in a home with other dogs who are highly socialized and tolerant of his high energy behavior.
4/23: When off leash at the Care Center, Skippy is introduced to a novel female. He greets the female with a loose body and initially explores the pens. He offers the female play bows and bounces. He engages in brief bouts of bouncy play with the female, taking appropriate breaks.
4/24-25: Skippy engaged in running chase play with a group of playful females. He tolerates body slams but offers low grumbles when he is paw slapped. He does attempt to mount when a female is distracted but listen to handler interruptions.
5/11: Skippy returned to group after his DOH hold. He solicited play and then explored the yard when his solicitations were ignored.
5/12: Skippy engaged in high energy rough play with a novel female today. When introduced to a different novel female that was muzzled and offensive, Skippy did not react and maintained a loose body.
5/13: Skippy was introduced to a novel male today. He approached the gate with a loose wiggly body, but the novel male bared his teeth and hard barked at Skippy. Skippy flinched at the bark but did not react otherwise and resumed his wiggly body.
Date of intake:: 4/22/2019
Summary:: Friendly, outgoing, accepted contact, allowed all handling
Date of initial:: 4/22/2019
ENERGY LEVEL:: Skippy has been observed to exhibit a very high level of energy. We cannot be certain of his behavior in a home environment, but we recommend that he be provided daily mental and physical stimulation as an outlet for his energy.
IN SHELTER OBSERVATIONS:: 4/27/19:
When approaching Skippy's kennel, the handler had opened the door and attempted to place the rope around Skippy to remove him from his kennel for a morning walk. Skippy was observed to lunge and snap toward the rope, but instead bit the handler's right index finger. Skippy released immediately, however the bite resulted in a few punctures to the handler's finger.
BEHAVIOR DETERMINATION:: New Hope Only
Behavior Asilomar: TM - Treatable-Manageable
Recommendations:: No children (under 13),Place with a New Hope partner
Recommendations comments:: No children (under 13): Due to Skippy's observed lack of basic manners and during his interactions in the care center, as well as the recent bite history and observed leash biting behavior, it is recommended that he be placed in a stable, adult-only home environment to ensure his success.
Place with a New Hope partner: Although Skippy displays social behavior, solicits attention and accepts all contact, he has displayed a lack of basic manners and leash biting behavior that escalated to biting a handler. Due to these observed behaviors, we feel Skippy should be placed with an experienced rescue partner who can reassess his behavior in a more stable home environment before seeking permanent placement. Force-free, reward based training only is advised when handling Skippy, as well as seeking guidance from a qualified trainer or veterinary behaviorist.
Potential challenges: : Basic manners/poor impulse control,Leash-biting,Bite history (human)
Potential challenges comments:: Basic manners/poor impulse control: Skippy displays a lack of basic manners during his interactions in the care center. During his assessment, Skippy was observed to jump up exuberantly and somewhat roughly onto handlers when soliciting attention. Please refer to the handout on Basic manners/poor impulse control.
Bite history (human): Skippy is reported to have bitten a handler when attempted to be removed from his kennel. Skippy was observed to lunge and snap toward the rope, but instead bit the handler's right index finger. Skippy released immediately, however the bite resulted in a few punctures to the handler's finger. Please refer to the handout on Bite history (human).
Leash-biting: Skippy has displayed leash-biting behavior, observed on multiple occasions during his interactions in the care center. This behavior has escalated and resulted in a bite to a handler when attempting to remove Skippy from his kennel. Please refer to the handout on Leash-biting.