Date of intake:: 8/9/2019
Spay/Neuter status:: No
Means of surrender (length of time in previous home):: Owner Surrender (In home for 7 months)
Previously lived with:: Adults and children (ages 3-18)
Behavior toward strangers:: Barks at them then warms up and plays rough
Behavior toward children:: Tolerant and plays somewhat rough with the children in the home
Behavior toward dogs:: Barks, growls, and lunges at dogs on walks
Resource guarding:: None reported
Bite history:: None reported
Energy level/descriptors:: Ceus is described as playful and excitable with a high level of activity.
Date of assessment:: 8/11/2019
Summary:: Leash Walking
Strength and pulling: Moderate
Reactivity to humans: None
Reactivity to dogs: None
Leash walking comments: None
Loose in room (15-20 seconds): Moderately social
Call over: Approaches with coxing
Sociability comments: Body tense, warms up with time and becomes mouthy with the assessor applying light pressure
Soft handling: Accepts contact
Exuberant handling: Extremely fearful
Comments: Body soft at first but quickly freezes and head whips when head is touched
Jog: Follows (loose)
Arousal comments: None
Knock: Approaches (loose)
Knock Comments: None
Toy: No response
Toy comments: None
Summary:: Due to handling concern, Ceus is not a candidate for off leash playgroups. He has been observed to growl and lunge toward dogs in passing, but has not been introduced to them closely.
Date of intake:: 8/9/2019
Summary:: hard barking, growling, no handling
ENERGY LEVEL:: Ceus is described as having 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 his energy and enthusiasm.
IN SHELTER OBSERVATIONS:: Ceus has allowed minimal handling in the care center from handlers. When attempting to remove from his kennel, he requires coaxing to step out (he has appeared somewhat response to praise/treats). Once out of his kennel, Ceus remains cautious and wary of his surroundings. He has been observed to rapidly escalate to growling, lunging and snapping towards passing by handlers and dogs. One one instance during a walk, Ceus was observed to jump towards and snap at the handler who was walking him.
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 reportedly barking at unfamiliar people and the potential for defensive aggression he has displayed at the care center, we recommend an adult only home.
Place with a New Hope partner: At the care center, Ceus has barked at handlers and head flipped during handling, displaying discomfort with it. He also has a history of barking at unfamiliar people. We recommend placement with a New Hope partner who can provide any necessary behavior modification (force-free, positive reinforcement-based) and re-evaluate behavior in a stable home environment before placement into a permanent home.
Potential challenges: : Mouthiness/poor bite inhibition,Handling/touch sensitivity,Fearful/potential for defensive aggression,On-leash reactivity/barrier frustration
Potential challenges comments:: Handling/touch sensitivity: Ceus has displayed discomfort with handling at the care center, head flipping and freezing when a handler he was previously comfortable with touched his head. Please see handout on Handling Sensitivity.
Mouthiness/poor bite inhibition: Once comfortable with handlers, Ceuss has displayed some mouthinhess with them. This was also reported in his previous home. Please see handout on Mouthiness.
Fearful/potential for defensive aggression: Ceus is reported to bark at unfamiliar people. At the care center, he has also displayed this behavior, especially when being leashed. Please see handout on Fearful/potential for defensive aggression.
On-leash reactivity/barrier frustration: Ceus is reported to bark, growl, and lunge at dogs when on leash. Please see handout on On-leash reactivity/barrier frustration.