Date of intake:: 3/10/2018
Spay/Neuter status:: No
Means of surrender (length of time in previous home):: Owner surrender
Previously lived with:: Adult
Behavior toward strangers:: Fearful; may bark and growl though gentle once warmed up
Behavior toward children:: Relaxed, affectionate with familiar children
Behavior toward dogs:: Relaxed, playful
Behavior toward cats:: Unknown
Resource guarding:: None reported
Bite history:: None reported
Energy level/descriptors:: Friendly and affectionate with a medium activity level
Other Notes:: Loud noises and fireworks make Peggy nervous. Peggy will tolerate being bathed and enjoys being brushed though when having her nails trimmed she is afraid will growl and snap.
Date of assessment:: 3/11/2018
Summary:: Out of concern for her stress level and staff safety, Peggy is not an appropriate candidate for an assessment at this time.
Summary (1):: Peggy's previous guardian reported that she is relaxed and playful around other dogs.
3/11: When off leash at the Care Center, Peggy enters the yard with a nervous, tucked posture. She very briefly greets a novel female by sniffing her rear-end, then moves away quickly and keeps her distance for the remainder of the session.
3/12: Peggy very briefly greets the novel male before moving back into the front pen, pawing at the gate to go back inside.
Date of intake:: 3/10/2018
Summary:: Hard barking, growling
Date of initial:: 3/10/2018
ENERGY LEVEL:: Peggy is reported to have a medium energy level in her previous home environment, in line with what has been observed in the care center.
BEHAVIOR DETERMINATION:: NEW HOPE ONLY
Behavior Asilomar: TM - Treatable-Manageable
Recommendations:: No children (under 13),Place with a New Hope partner
Recommendations comments:: New Hope Only: Due to Peggy's history of fearful behavior towards strangers, the behavior department recommends Peggy 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 Peggy to acclimate comfortably to her new environment; force-free, reward based training only is advised when introducing Peggy behaviorist is highly recommended for guidance to safely manage/modify any behavior Peggy presents with outside of the care centers.
No children (under 13): Due to the level of fear displayed in the care center, we believe Peggy would be most comfortable in an adult only home.
Potential challenges: : Handling/touch sensitivity,Fearful/potential for defensive aggression
Potential challenges comments:: Handling sensitivity: Peggy is reported to growl/snap when handled in certain areas (paws for nail trimming), showing discomfort with touch in certain areas. It is important to avoid touching Peggy's paws at this time and being cautious when touching her in other areas as we do not know where she may have other sensitivities. Positive reinforcement, reward based training should be used to pair touch with good things such as food rewards in order to teach Peggy to be more comfortable with this
Fearful/potential for defensive aggression: Peggy remains highly fearful in the care center in line with what her previous owner reports on behavior; Peggy escalates quickly to lunging and growling when uncomfortable, so this is an established behavior that she offers when she feels threatened. Peggy needs careful behavior modification and management to prevent future bites. We recommend only force-free, reward-based training methods for Peggy as more aversive techniques are likely to increase fear and increase the risk of aggression.