Date of intake:: 1/20/2018
Spay/Neuter status:: No
Means of surrender (length of time in previous home):: Owner Surrender (In home for 1 week)
Previously lived with:: Adults and a dog
Behavior toward strangers:: Barks, snaps, and growls when approached
Behavior toward children:: Barks at them, does not allow them to pet him
Behavior toward dogs:: Playful and attached to the dog he lived with
Resource guarding:: Yes, Orion growls when a toy, treat or object is taken away.
Bite history:: Yes, Orion bit the other dog in the home when the other dog got up and walked away from him. The bite broke skin, leaving a puncture near the other dog's mouth.
Energy level/descriptors:: Orion is described as playful, pushy, aloof, and fearful with a high level of activity.
Date of assessment:: 1/25/2018
Look:: 2. Dog's eyes are averted, body posture is stiff and fearful, tail is low and not moving. Dog allows head to be held loosely in Assessor's cupped hands.
Sensitivity:: 2. Dog stands still and accepts the touch, eyes are averted, tail is between legs, body stiff, mouth closed, lip long, ears likely back, may lip lick.
Tag:: 3. Dog repeatedly turns quickly away when touched, or repeatedly spins toward the touch, and repeatedly tries to exit. Dog may be crouching, tail is tucked, mouth closed, body stiff.
Paw squeeze 1:: 1. Dog gently pulls back his/her paw.
Paw squeeze 2:: 1. Dog gently pulls back his/her paw.
Flank squeeze 1:: Item not conducted
Flank squeeze 2:: Item not conducted
Toy:: 1. Minimal interest in toy, dog may smell or lick, then turns away.
Summary:: Orion approached the assessor in the assessment room but then quickly ran away. He re approached after a minute and was tense but allowed handling.
Date of intake:: 1/20/2018
Summary:: Orion ran away from the counselor at first, then was tense but allowed handling.
Date of initial:: 1/20/2018
Summary:: Orion was tense but allowed handling.
ENERGY LEVEL:: Orion's previous owner described him 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.
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 Orion's history of barking at and staying away from children, we recommend an adult only home.
Place with a New Hope partner: Due to all noted concerns displayed in a home environment, the behavior department recommends Orion 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 Orion to acclimate comfortably to his new environment; force-free, reward based training only is advised when introducing Orion to new and unfamiliar situations. Consultation with a professional trainer/behaviorist is highly recommended for guidance to safely manage/modify any behavior Orion presents with outside of the care centers.
Potential challenges: : Resource guarding,Fearful/potential for defensive aggression
Potential challenges comments:: Resource guarding: Orion's previous owner reported that he will growls when a toy, treat, or object is taken from him. For this reason, we advise against ever removing items from Orion's possession without safely trading for an item or greater or equal value. Guidance from a professional trainer/behaviorist is highly recommended to aid in safely managing/modifying this behavior in a new home environment.
Fearful/potential for defensive aggression: Orion's previous owner reported that he will growl and snap at people who approach him. It is important to always go slow and give Orion the option to walk away from any social interaction. Orion should never be forced to approach anything that he is uncomfortable with or to submit to petting or handling. It should always be Orion’s choice to approach a new person or thing. Orion would do best in an initially calm and quiet home environment and should be given time to acclimate to his new surroundings.