Date of intake:: 10/4/2022
Spay/Neuter status:: Yes
Means of surrender (length of time in previous home):: Stray
Behavior toward dogs:: Dog reactivity reported by previous foster
Bite history:: Yes.
On 11/29/22, Boba became uncomfortable in the presence of a select staff member that entered the room. She approached and sniffed with raised hackles, and as the staff member turned to walk away she jumped up, growled and snapped multiple times, eventually making contact and biting their arm (no skin broken). It is reported that Boba had previously met this staff member with no incident.
Other Notes:: 12/12/21: First stay at care center, stray, no known history
Date of assessment:: 10/5/2022
Summary:: Leash Walking
Strength and pulling: Moderate
Reactivity to humans: None
Reactivity to dogs: None
Leash walking comments:
Loose in room (15-20 seconds): Moderately social
Call over: Approaches readily
Sociability comments: Wanders room, soft, greets all when called over
Soft handling: Seeks contact
Exuberant handling: Seeks contact
Comments: Soft, leaning in
Jog: Follows (loose)
Arousal comments: None
Knock: Approaches (loose)
Knock comments: None
Toy: No response
Toy comments: None
Summary:: 11/29/22: Boba has been observed to lunge, hard bark, and growl at other dogs.
10/5/21: Boba is tense with raised hackles when greeting the helper dog through the gate.
12/14/21: Boba whines as she greets a novel male dog at the gate.
Summary (3):: 11/29/22: It was reported that Boba bit a shelter staff member on the arm, but did not break skin (observe BITE HISTORY section).
11/26/22: Boba is here in the office with us. We have been on several walks together she walks really well on the leash. Is house-trained but also knows how to use wee-wee pads if needed. We've avoided other dogs mostly on our walks but we have passed a few and if you keep it moving
11/7/22 Boba is at the front of her kennel, neutral, she is easily leashed and walked out. Boba is walked to the yard, she is placed on a drag leash to wander the yard, she relieves herself right away. Boba then jumps up on the bench next to handler, she is loose and seeking attention. When another dog walks by the fence, Boba begins hard barking at them, she is able to be refocused easily. After some time, she is re-leashed and returned to kennel. Upon entering kennel room, Boba turns back around and begins seeking exit, pulling very hard out of the room; she is unable to be coaxed easily with food items. Boba is walked out of the room and given some time to settle, she is ran back into the kennel and walks back in on her own.
11/1/22: Boba is at the front of the kennel and is easily leashed. When coming out of the kennel, she pulls towards the dog next to her, growling. She is gotten out of the room and then is taken for a walk on the street where she pulls moderately. She approaches the handler when spoken to and allows petting. When going back to the kennel, she pulls towards the dog next to her, growling, and is returned to the kennel with a little difficulty.
10/25/22: Boba is at the front of the kennel with a loose body. She is easily leashed and removed from kennel where she begins to cage fight. Boba lunges and growls at the dogs beside her kennel. She is redirected and taken to the yard where she relieves herself. Boba is very social with handler and allows all petting. She attempts to cage fight again when she is brought back to her kennel.
10/24/22; Boba is at the front of the kennel loose and wiggly. She is easily leashed and taken to the yard where a drag leash is attached. She immediately relieves herself and explores the yard. When handler squeaks a toy, she spins around and play bows. She allows petting and leans into handler's legs. Another dog comes into the yard, she begins to growl, lunge, and hard bark in the dogs direction. Her hackles are highly raised, she is leashed and returned to kennel without issue.
10/14/22: Boba is at the front of the kennel with a loose body. She is easily leashed and taken to the yard. Boba relieves herself and explores the yard. She solicits attention from handler and leans in for more pets. She is brought back inside and placed in her kennel with no issue.
Summary (4):: 10/9/22: Boba is at the front of the kennel with a loose body. She is easily leashed and taken to the yard where she relieves herself. Boba allowed petting and remained social with the handler. She is placed in her kennel with no issues.
Summary (5):: 12/6/22 Boba is at the front of the kennel, jumping up and barking. She is easily leashed and walked outside to the yard. Boba relieves herself right away and then wanders the yard, she approaches handler to seek attention, loose. Boba then jumps up on the bench and remains there for the majority of the session, whining and panting. After some time, she is easily leashed and returned to kennel without issue.
12/5/22 Boba has been displaying increasing signs of stress and frustration while in kennel, hard barking and lunging towards then front whenever dogs walk past.
Date of initial:: 10/5/2022
Summary:: Whale eyed, tail tucked
ENERGY LEVEL:: Boba displays a medium energy level in the care center.
IN SHELTER OBSERVATIONS:: 2021:
12/15: (1) Boba was observed to hard bark, growl, and bare teeth at a handler that approached her kennel. (2) Boba becomes reactive in her kennel when dogs pass her. She hard barks and growls until the other dog is out of sight.
BEHAVIOR DETERMINATION:: New Hope Only
Recommendations:: No children (under 13),Place with a New Hope partner,Recommend no dog parks,Single-pet home
Recommendations comments:: No children: Due to potential for defensive aggression and bite history, Boba should be placed in an adult-only home.
Recommend no dog parks
Place with a New Hope partner
Due to fearfulness, potential for defensive aggression, and bite incident in-shelter, the behavior department recommends Boba 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 is advised when introducing Boba 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: : Bite history (human),Mouthiness/poor bite inhibition,On-leash reactivity/barrier frustration,Fearful/potential for defensive aggression
Potential challenges comments:: Mouthiness/poor bite inhibition: During a previous stay in the care center, it was noted that Boba would become lightly mouthy once comfortable and excited. See handout on Mouthiness.
Fearful/potential for defensive aggression, bite history: Boba is initially fearful in the presence of new people and places, though has warmed up with slow approach. Most recently she was observed to become uncomfortable, lunge, snap toward, and bite a select staff member - this bite did not break skin. See handout on Fear and Defensive Aggression. See handout on Bite History.
On-leash reactivity: Boba is reported to bark and growl at other dogs on leash. See handout on On-leash Reactivity.