Date of intake:: 7/1/2019
Spay/Neuter status:: No
Means of surrender (length of time in previous home):: Owner Surrender
Previously lived with:: Adults
Behavior toward strangers:: Barks at them
Behavior toward children:: Friendly with children he knows
Behavior toward dogs:: Avoids them
Behavior toward cats:: Neutral
Resource guarding:: Yes, Milo will growl if he is approached while he's eating.
Bite history:: Ye, Milo has bitten someone before on the foot/leg when they approached the kitchen where he was. He also bit the owner's son (an adult) when he first met him and was holding him.
Energy level/descriptors:: Milo is described as a loyal and playful.
Date of assessment:: 7/3/2019
Summary:: Since arriving at the care center, Milo has remained very fearful and allowed only minimal handling. He has lunged and snapped at handlers when they attempt to remove him from his kennel. The previous owners also report that he barks and snaps at strangers when they approach him and has bitten two people. Therefore, he is not a safe candidate for a handling assessment at this time.
Date of intake:: 7/1/2019
Summary:: Lunged and growled
Date of initial:: 7/1/2019
Summary:: Tense, snapped
ENERGY LEVEL:: Milo is described as having a playful energy level.
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: Due to Milo's fearful behavior and tendency to bark and snap at strangers, as well as his bite history, we recommend an adult-only home for Milo.
Place with a New Hope partner: Due to all noted concerns displayed in a home environment, as well as the behaviors seen in the care center, the behavior department recommends Milo 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 Milo to acclimate comfortably to his new environment; force-free, reward based training only is advised when introducing Milo to new and unfamiliar situations. Consultation with a professional trainer/behaviorist is highly recommended for guidance to safely manage/modify any behavior Milo presents with outside of the care centers.
Potential challenges: : Resource guarding,Fearful/potential for defensive aggression,Multiple-bite history/risk of future aggression
Potential challenges comments:: Fearful/potential for defensive aggression: At the care center, Milo has been very fearful. He is reported to bark and snap at strangers in the previous home and these behaviors have been observed in the care center as well. He will need a very slow approach when any handling is attempted. Please see handout on Fearful/potential for defensive aggression.
Multiple-bite history/risk of future aggression: In the previous home, Milo bit someone on the foot/leg when they approached him in the kitchen. He also bit the owner's son when he first met him and was holding him. The severity of these bites are unknown.
Resource guarding: The previous owners report that Milo will growl if someone approaches him while he's eating.