Date of intake:: 2/1/2020
Spay/Neuter status:: No
Means of surrender (length of time in previous home):: Stray
Bite history:: Yes, Kifi got into a fight with the other dog's in the home. The fight resulted in both dog's having punctures on their faces and the other dog having punctures on her ear.
Date of assessment:: 2/6/2020
Summary:: Leash Walking
Strength and pulling: None
Reactivity to humans: None
Reactivity to dogs: None
Leash walking comments: None
Loose in room (15-20 seconds): Highly social
Call over: Approaches readily
Sociability comments: Body soft, jumps up on handlers and furniture, sometimes moves away with sudden movements
Soft handling: Accepts contact
Exuberant handling: Accepts contact
Handling comments: Body neutral
Jog: Engages in play with handler, escalates
Arousal comments: Plays exuberantly alongside handler, jumps up, snaps at assessor's side
Knock: Approaches (loose)
Knock Comments: None
Toy: No response
Toy comments: None
Summary:: 2/14/20: Due to previous bite history with another dog, a gate greeting is conducted. When greeting another dog through the gate, Kifi sniffs him with a stiff body and hard face.
Date of initial:: 2/3/2020
Summary:: Tense, freezes, allows handling when being fed treats
ENERGY LEVEL:: We have no history on Kifi so we cannot be certain of her behavior in a home environment. At the care center, she displays a high level of activity. We recommend long-lasting chews, food puzzles, and hide-and-seek games, in additional to physical exercise, to positively direct her energy and enthusiasm.
IN SHELTER OBSERVATIONS:: Overall, Kifi has remained fearful at the care center, warming up to select handlers with time but having been observed to bark and growl at other handlers she sees or interacts with. While interacting with handlers she has warmed up to, she sits nicely for treats and will jump up for attention, but is easily redirected with treats.
2/2/20: Came forward with lowered body but retreated when saw the leash. Handler was able to give treats through the leash and lure Kifi to put her head through it slowly. Outside, Kifi was fearful, having a low body and moving away when handler moved towards her. She went to the bathroom immediately. Easily returned to kennel.
2/3/2020- When handler approached Kifi was laying on her bed. Handler offered a treat and she came and took the treat. She dodge the leash slightly, but handler used a treat and she placed her head in the leash. She walked well on leash. In the yard she took treats from handler, sitting for a treat. She allowed handler to collar her and brief petting. No issues going back to her kennel.
2/4/2020- Kifi is at the front of her kennel and easily leashed. She walks well on leash. In the yard she wanders. She comes over and allows brief petting. She likes treats and worked on sit and target for training. When another staff member walked by the pen she reacted by barking and following him along the fence. Once he had passed, she was fine and came over for treats. No issues going back.
2/7/2020: Kifi is easy to remove from kennel. She seems really interested in treats and will sit for them. She will catch treats in her mouth. She returns to kennel without issue.
2/11/2020- Kifi is at the front of her kennel and easily leashed. She pulls slightly on leash. In the yard see explores mostly ignoring handler. No issues going back.
2/13/2020: Kifi is easily leashed and removed from her kennel. Outside, she attempts to do zoomies while still on leash and will make efforts to jump up onto handler but is easily redirected. Treats are needed to return her to her kennel by throwing them in and she follows.
BEHAVIOR DETERMINATION:: New Hope Only
Recommendations:: No children (under 13),Place with a New Hope partner
Recommendations comments:: No children: Kifi is fearful at the care center and has growled at a handler. She has also displayed a low threshold for arousal, jumping up and snapping at a handler during the handling assessment. Due to this behavior, we recommend an adult-only home.
Place with a New Hope partner: Kifi is fearful at the care center and has growled at a handler. She has also displayed a low threshold for arousal, jumping up and snapping at a handler during the handling assessment. The behavior department recommends Kifi 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 her to acclimate comfortably to her new environment; force-free, reward based training only is advised when introducing Kifi to new and unfamiliar situations. Consultation with a professional trainer/behaviorist is highly recommended for guidance to safely manage/modify any behavior she presents with outside of the care centers.
Potential challenges: : Basic manners/poor impulse control,Fearful/potential for defensive aggression,Low threshold for arousal,Bite history (dog)
Potential challenges comments:: Bite history (dog): Kifi got into a fight with the other dog's in the home. The fight resulted in both dog's having punctures on their faces and the other dog having punctures on her ear. See handout on Bite History.
Basic manners/poor impulse control: Kifi jumps up often on handlers at the care center. See handout on Basic manners/poor impulse control.
Fearful/potential for defensive aggression: Kifi is fearful at the care center, initially avoiding handlers and warming up to select handlers with time. In one instance, Kifi was interacting with a handler, became tense and then growled. She will need a slow approach and time to adjust in a new home environment. See handout on Decompression Period.
Low threshold for arousal: During the jog portion of the handling assessment, Kifi became quickly aroused, jumped up and snapped at the assessor's side. Please see handout on Arousal.