Date of intake:: 4/23/2022
Means of surrender (length of time in previous home):: Owner Surrender
Previously lived with:: 2 adults, 1 child (four year old)
Behavior toward strangers:: Friendly and outgoing
Behavior toward children:: Relaxed and playful with resident child
Behavior toward dogs:: Unknown
Behavior toward cats:: Unknown
Resource guarding:: Will growl when his food bowl is touched
Bite history:: None reported
Energy level/descriptors:: Timmy is described to have high energy
Other Notes:: Timmy has been kept mostly indoors and is house trained; accustomed to going potty on training pads
He is known to bark/whine whenever he is left alone at home
Date of assessment:: 4/27/2022
Summary:: Leash Walking
Strength and pulling: Hard
Reactivity to humans: None
Reactivity to dogs: None
Leash walking comments:
Loose in room (15-20 seconds): Highly social, loose
Call over: Approaches readily, loose
Soft handling: Accepts contact, loose
Exuberant handling: Accepts contact, loose
Handling comments: Whining slightly throughout
Jog: Follows, neutral-loose
Knock Comments: No response
Toy comments: Minimal interest
Summary:: According to Timmy's previous owner, he was not introduced to other dogs while in their care. So his past behavior with other dogs is unknown.
4/27: When off leash at the Care Center, Timmy is introduced to a novel female dog. He is initially wary but does approach with coaxing from handlers. Leashes are held and the gate is opened to give Timmy the opportunity to approach on his own. Timmy and the female initially ignore each other as they wander the pen, but when the female is in close proximity, she solicits play but quickly overwhelms Timmy. He does quickly snap in a warning and the female is walked away to allow Timmy to decompress. Timmy shales off and stays close to handlers.
Summary (2):: 5/9: Timmy continues to attempt to push his way out when being leashed. He remains social with familiar handlers but is still highly anxious and unable to settle. In the yard, Timmy engages in play and seeks attention but quickly becomes mouthy and jumps on handlers persistently. When being returned to his kennel, Timmy balks but follows treats back in. Once in the kennel, he bites and pulls the handler's lead but quickly releases when offered treats.
Summary (3):: 5/6: Timmy was at the front of his kennel whining when approached. He is easily leashed and is taken for a walk. Timmy pulls on and off but does become fearful when passing strangers or a car speeds by. Timmy shakes off and slowly recovers once away from the noise and briefly rubs himself against the handler, seeking attention. Once the walk is over, Timmy returns to his kennel and bites the lead. He lets go when offered treats.
5/5 When approaching Timmy in the kennel he is laying towards the back, he readily approaches the front when he sees the handler, loose-bodied. Timmy is easily leashed and walked out, in the play yard a drag leash is attached and he is allowed to wander. Timmy zoomies around the pens and relieves himself right away. Afterward, he approaches the handler, seeking attention, jumping up throughout through maintaining a loose body. Timmy practices cues "Sit" and "Down", and he then engages with toy items briefly. Timmy prefers to stay close to the handler throughout the session, leaning in and seeking attention. When a second handler enters the pen, Timmy begins jumping up at them throughout. After some time, he is leashed and led back to his kennel. Once at his kennel, Timmy initially puts on the brakes though jumps up in for treats. Timmy then turns and grabs the leash though lets go when the handler trades for food.
5/4: Timmy was high-pitched barking when approached. He displays a loose body and accepts treats with a semi-soft mouth. He begins jumping on the kennel door becoming increasingly more anxious. When the handler attempts to leash him, Timmy tried to push past the handler through the kennel door opening. He is offered treats and he accepts and is then leashed. Timmy is taken for a walk but is uncomfortable and easily startled by construction. The handler brings him to the play yard after the walk and Timmy engages in play with tennis balls. Once the session is over, Timmy begins leash biting once the handler places the lead on him. he is refocused with treats and readily follows the handler back into the building. Once in front of his kennel, Timmy balks and begins leash biting, climbing higher towards the handler's hand. He does not take treats and continues to jump up, bite, and escalate to thrashing and alligator rolling, making it difficult for the handler to put him back in the kennel. Timmy does bite the handler's finger while thrashing but does not break the skin; only leaves red raised skin. Once in the kennel, Timmy latches onto the lead and pulls it into his kennel. The handler uses high-value treats to lure Timmy away from the lead but he quickly returns to biting and pulling it in once the handler attempts to remove him.
Summary (4):: 5/3/22- Timmy was barking, wagging, and panting anxiously when the handler approached. He fixated on the handler's leash, watching it in the handler's hand. Handler offered treats and he took them briefly then ignored them, focusing on the leash again. He allowed the handler to leash him, mouthing the leash only briefly with slight pressure and quickly giving up once leashed. Outside he pulled on the leash moderately, alternating between tucking his tail/ darting away from car noises and turning toward the handler and jumping up muzzle punching the handler's hand and gently mouthing the leash. On quieter blocks he became more relaxed, walking more slowly and darting less with a looser tail. He pulled moderately returning to the building. his kennel. He was coaxed into the kennel with treats and once he stepped inside, he turned around to grab the handler's leash. He latched on but immediately dropped it when the handler did not pull back / or apply opposite force to the leash. Once he let go, he allowed the handler to easily withdraw the leash from the kennel and took treats when the kennel door was closed.
4/27/22- Timmy was standing at the front of his kennel with a loose body and soft wag when handlers approached. He gently took treats through the bars from one handler while allowing a second handler to leash him. Handlers led him to the pens where he was initially cautious but remained soft while being collared. Once collared, he walked around the yard sniffing and approached handlers with a wiggling body each time he was called. He leaned into handlers, rubbing his back and face against their legs and leaning into pets. He sat for pictures and waited for treats, taking them gently. Upon returning to the room, he stopped outside of the door and pulled backward. Handlers attempted to coax him with a variety of high-value treats but ultimately had to jog him into his kennel.
Date of intake:: 4/23/2022
Summary:: High energy, but became fearful and thrash when a slip lead was placed on him
IN SHELTER OBSERVATIONS:: 4/27: Upon returning Timmy to his kennel, he does balk in front of the kennel but slowly walks in when offered high-value treats. Once the handler begins to remove the lead, Timmy bites and pulls on it a few times; each time he bites and releases to readjust his hold. The handler lets the lead fall and Timmy releases and jumps on the kennel door.
4/26 (1) Timmy chewed clean through a handler's lead when returned to his kennel. (2) Timmy was observed to chew on the handle of his water bowl and kennel bars when highly anxious. (3) Later on in the day, a handler is able to remove Timmy from the kennel and moves him to a large one. Once in the kennel, as the handler removes the lead, Timmy latches onto the lead and pulls it into the kennel. the handler lets the lead go and Timmy drops it. He then jumps onto the kennel door and the handler is able to remove it without further issue.
BEHAVIOR DETERMINATION:: Level 4
Recommendations:: No children (under 13)
Recommendations comments:: No children (under 13): Due to Timmy's overall level of fear and anxiety observed in the care center, we feel as though he would be best set up to succeed if placed into an adult only home.
Potential challenges: : Resource guarding,Handling/touch sensitivity,Fearful,Anxiety,Leash-biting
Potential challenges comments:: Timmy is reported to growl when his food bowl is touched, please see handout on Resource Guarding.
Timmy has been observed to be somewhat fearful in the care center, startling easily upon loud noises or sudden movements, please see handout on Decompression.
Timmy has been observed to thrash and flail at times when being walked, seemingly uncomfortable when he feels tension on the lead. Additionally, he has been observed to grab and tug at his leash during these instances as well. Please see handout on Leash Manners as well Handling Sensitivity.
Timmy has been observed to be anxious in the care centers, panting, whining and pacing. His owner described him as an anxious dog, but did not give details on how the anxiety manifested. If Timmy displays anxious behavior in his future home, we recommend puzzle toys, long walks, and giving him other things to focus on to alleviate his anxiety. Please see the handout on Generalized Anxiety.