Date of intake:: 11/10/2022
Spay/Neuter status:: No
Means of surrender (length of time in previous home):: Owner Surrender
Previously lived with:: 2 adults, 1 cat
Behavior toward strangers:: initially shy, will warm up after a few minutes and become friendly and outgoing
Behavior toward children:: relaxed, playful, respectful
Behavior toward dogs:: relaxed, playful, respectful, very tolerant.
Behavior toward cats:: relaxed, playful, very tolerant
Resource guarding:: Max is unbothered when his food, treats or toys are touched or removed.
Bite history:: While outdoors, a reportedly intoxicated man was walking toward Max. The man began to stumble near Max and stepped on him, which caused Max to growl and bite the man's arm leaving two punctures. The owner heard the incident happen and ran out immediately, he saw Max let go right away.
The owner is unsure what form of treatment the bite victim sought out.
Energy level/descriptors:: Medium
Other Notes:: Max was fed dry food mixed with human food twice a day in his previous home.
-He was never crate trained.
-He knows sit and shake cues.
Date of assessment:: 11/17/2022
Summary:: Handlers are unable to perform a handling assessment due to Max's handling sensitivity and potential for fearful aggression.
Summary:: According to his previous owner, Max reportedly spent time around various different dogs. He was relaxed, playful, respectful, and very tolerant.
11/22/22: While on-leash at the Care Center, Max is introduced to a novel female dog via gate greet. Handlers are unable to collar him at this time, however they are able to slowly and carefully remove his harness. He approaches the female and maintains a neutral body as he sniffs her, briefly displaying sexual motivation with a flagging tail.
Summary (1):: 11/16/2022 When handler approaches kennel, Max recognizes handler and begins to bark excitedly. The handler then leashes Max with ease, and they proceed outside. Max is DOH, so the handler keeps Max on the property. The handler takes Max into the play yard, and they walk laps around. Max then pauses in front of one side of the gate and sits there calmly. The handler allows Max to do what he finds comfortable, and they both stand there. The handler clips Max's leash with ease and brings him back into the center. Max quickly heads to the kennel room and jumps into his kennel with slight hesitation. He passes his kennel just a little bit right before Night Lights barks at him. At this point Max quickly moves into his kennel.
11/13/2022 When handlers approach kennel, Max is sitting by kennel door. Handler(1) attempts to leash Max and during, Max is pawing at the door. The handler pauses, readjust the rope leash, and leashes Max. Upon leaving the facility, Max maintains a calm pace. The handlers take Max for a walk around the play yard. The handlers give Max a few treats and attempt to take pictures of him. One of the handlers gets down on one knee and Max's face becomes aggressive. The handlers proceed to bring Max back to his kennel. While Handler(1) puts Max back in his kennel, Max enters, however when handler(1) attempts to close kennel door, Max leaves his face in the gap of the door so it wouldn't close. Soon enough he allows handler to close kennel door.
11/11/22: Max is laying own in kennel with a fearful, tense body when handler approaches. Handler offers him a slow approach and treats which he sniffs and then turns his head from. When handler gently tosses on their rope, he twitches intensely but allows the leash to slip on. Once the door opens, he approaches the front of kennel and feels tension on his neck. He immediately thrashes and pancakes in kennel. After a moment of coaxing, he exits kennel and stands in the corner of the room, displaying a tense body and intense fearfulness. A second handler comes in the room and begins to coax him as well. After a few moments, he moves forward and pauses at the room door. He is frozen at the threshold for a minute, stiff and fearful. Second handler attempts to clip a leash to the ring on the back of his harness and he begins to growl. Handler backs away and eventually with coaxing and guiding on leash he begins to walk again and is carefully led outdoors. He walks to the play yard where he remains distant and cautious of handlers, eventually beginning to pant. After some time he is led back indoors where he drops flat to the ground upon entering his kennel room. After a minute he stands and walks to kennel where he freezes in front and salivates excessively before handler must run him up and in. A hook safety tool is used to carefully remove his leash in kennel.
Date of intake:: 11/10/2022
Summary:: loose, open mouth. Allowed picture to be taken, walked to kennel without issue.
Date of initial:: 11/14/2022
Summary:: sedated due to unpredictability
IN SHELTER OBSERVATIONS:: 11/19/2022
When handler is going around the room to check on the dogs, the handler makes a stop by Max's kennel to see if he is eating. When the handler arrives, Max is frustrated, barking, snarling, with a tense body. His food is not touched as well. The handler tosses in some treats to see if it will calm him down and it doesn't.
BEHAVIOR DETERMINATION:: New Hope Only
Recommendations:: No children (under 13),Place with a New Hope partner
Recommendations comments:: No children: Due to how uncomfortable Max is currently with touch and novel stimuli, we feel that an adult-only home would be most beneficial at this time.
Max has not acclimated well to the kennel environment and has allowed only minimal handling since intake. 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: : Handling/touch sensitivity,Fearful/potential for defensive aggression,Bite history (dog)
Potential challenges comments:: Handling/Touch Sensitivity: Max has not allowed for a handling assessment while in shelter, nor has he handlers to remove his harness, collar him or pet him. It is important to always go slow and give Max the option to walk away from any social interaction. Max should never be forced to approach anything that he is uncomfortable with or to submit to petting or handling. It should always be Max’s choice to approach a new person or thing. Max may do best in an initially calm and quiet home environment and should be given time to acclimate to his new surroundings.
Fearful/Potential For Fearful Aggression : Max has not allowed handlers to remove his harness, collar him or touch him since he has arrived. While here gives clear warnings when he is uncomfortable, such a moving away and growling, if prevented from moving away there is a potential to escalate to higher-level warning behaviors and possible fear-based aggression. It is important to move slowly with Max, to build positive associations (treats/toys/praise), and to allow Max to initiate interactions with new people. He should never be forced to greet or to interact if he is not comfortable and soliciting attention.
Bite History: Max has escalated to biting a stranger before he arrived at the Care Center when he was nervous and uncomfortable (See Bite History Summary). This behavior may or may not continue outside of the Care Center and will require careful management in order to reduce the likelihood of Max being put into another uncomfortable situation. It should always be Max’s choice to approach a new person or thing and he must be provided with ample space and time to move away should he be uncomfortable.