Date of intake:: 2/1/2020
Spay/Neuter status:: No
Means of surrender (length of time in previous home):: Owner surrender
Previously lived with:: 4 adults, 3 children
Behavior toward strangers:: Barks
Behavior toward children:: Relaxed, playful, gentle
Behavior toward dogs:: Excitable
Behavior toward cats:: Chases
Resource guarding:: Unknown
Bite history:: Unknown
Energy level/descriptors:: Friendly, excitable with a high energy level
Date of assessment:: 2/5/2020
Summary:: During his assessment, Canelo appeared tense and uncomfortable while wandering the room. He approached slowly when handlers would call him over though would freeze and whale eye upon sudden movements or direct contact. Out of concern for his overall stress level and handler safety, an assessment will not be attempted at this time.
Summary:: According to Canelo's previous owner, he is excitable when around other dogs.
2/3: When off leash at the Care Center, Canelo is introduced to a novel female dog. He is sexually motivated as he briefly greets her with a tense posture before walking away to explore the pens. The female jumps onto the slide and greets Canelo face to face. His posture stiffens and he growls at her. The female is quickly redirected by handlers, but Canelo begins to dart towards her -still growling- but is unsuccessful due to handler intervention.
2/9: Canelo becomes sexually motivated when greeting a novel female dog. He greets her with whines, a heightened forward-facing posture, and chatters. His leash is held as a precaution and the gate is opened. He immediately fixates on the female's genitals and follows her through the pens ignoring the female's social cues and corrections.
Date of intake:: 2/1/2020
Summary:: Nervous, hard barking
Date of initial:: 2/1/2020
Summary:: Panting, tense, tolerated some handling
IN SHELTER OBSERVATIONS:: 2/3: Canelo was returning from a walk when a second handler approached the handler walking Canelo to ask a question when Canelo lunged at her. The handler holding Canelo quickly walked him away and returned him to his kennel.
2/5 Canelo was at the front of his kennel upon approach. He remained still while being roped. We went for a long walk and Canelo had a loose body. On the way back he entered his kennel without issue, responded to "sit" and took treats from handlers' hands with a soft mouth.
2/7: A handler had Canelo in the room with her. When another handler entered, Canelo displayed a frozen posture. He would slowly walk around and freeze from time to time. When the handler he was familiar with offered him treats he would take them softly. He tolerated her pets, occasionally flinching. He kept his distance from the unfamiliar handler so she left the room. The other handler heard Canelo become frustrated and growl so she brought him back to his kennel.
2/8: Canelo was easily roped and brought to the assessment room for socialization interaction. He was wary, moving slowly initially. Treats were offered which he took gently. He responded to the cue "sit". He would freeze from time to time when handlers moved too quickly. Later in the session he allowed to be pet exuberantly all along his body and around his neck. He engaged in play with a soft squeaky toy. At the end of the session he returned to his kennel without issue.
BEHAVIOR DETERMINATION:: New Hope Only
Behavior Asilomar: TM - Treatable-Manageable
Recommendations:: No children (under 13),Single-pet home,Recommend no dog parks
Recommendations comments:: No children (under 13): Due to Canelo's high level of fear combined with his propensity to escalate quickly when uncomfortable, we feel as though he would be best set up to succeed in an adult only home environment at this time.
Place with a New Hope partner: Canelo remains highly uncomfortable with most handlers in the care center, freezing and whale eyeing during interactions; he has also been observed to escalate rapidly to growling and lunging. The behavior department believes Canelo would be best set up to succeed if placed with an experienced rescue partner who can reassess his behavior in a more stable home environment. Guidance from a professional trainer or veterinary behaviorist is highly advised.
Potential challenges: : Fearful/potential for defensive aggression
Potential challenges comments:: Canelo has been observed to growl and lunge at handlers in the care center, please see handout on Fearful and Defensive aggression.