Date of intake:: 6/7/2018
Spay/Neuter status:: No
Means of surrender (length of time in previous home):: Owner Surrender (In home for 1.5 years)
Previously lived with:: Adults and 4 large dogs
Behavior toward strangers:: Friendly, sometimes shy but warms up quickly
Behavior toward children:: Relaxed and playful
Behavior toward dogs:: Playful and gentle
Resource guarding:: None reported
Bite history:: None reported
Energy level/descriptors:: Baby Matt is described as very playful and friendly with a medium level of activity.
Date of assessment:: 6/10/2018
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:: 2. Dog is fearful but unresponsive when touched. Approaches the Assessor when the game ends. Dog is likely crouching, may have a long lip or lip lick.
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. No interest.
Summary:: Baby Matt did not approach the assessor but allowed the assessor to approach him. He was tense and aloof throughout the assessment but allowed all handling.
Summary:: Baby Matt has mostly displayed fearful behavior when introduced to dogs in the care center, with some minimal interest in approach or greeting. Baby Matt should be given time to decompress, with any future introductions being conducted only to respectful dogs.
Summary (1):: 6/8: When introduced off leash to a female greeter dog, Baby Matt is fearful and keeps mostly to himself, offering a lip curl for forward approach.
Summary (2):: 6/9-11: Baby Matt remains fearful and shaking during an interaction with male and female dogs. He tolerates polite greetings today.
Date of intake:: 6/7/2018
Summary:: Baby Matt was tense, trembling, and hiding. He allowed some handling.
Date of initial:: 6/8/2018
Summary:: Baby Matt was tense, whale eyed, and had a tucked tail, but allowed handling.
ENERGY LEVEL:: Baby Matt is described as having a medium level of activity.
BEHAVIOR DETERMINATION:: EXPERIENCE (suitable for an adopter with some previous dog experience, especially with the behaviors outlined below)
Behavior Asilomar: TM - Treatable-Manageable
Recommendations:: No young children (under 5)
Recommendations comments:: No young children: Due to the behavior seen in the care center, we feel that Baby Matt may be intimidated by young children. He needs a slow approach and time to warm up. He should never be forced to interact with new people, and should be allowed to greet and initiate an interaction at his own pace. Older, gentle children should have an in-depth interaction prior to adoption.
Potential challenges: : House soiling,Fearful
Potential challenges comments:: House soiling: Baby Matt is noted to have accidents in the house, and will likely need guidance with house training. We recommend positive reinforcement, reward-based training only.
Fearful: Baby Matt is reported to be shy with new people. At the care center, he has been fearful. It is important to always go slow and give Baby Matt the option to walk away from any social interaction. Baby Matt should never be forced to approach anything that he is uncomfortable with or to submit to petting or handling. It should always be Baby Matt’s choice to approach a new person or thing. Baby Matt would do best in an initially calm and quiet home environment and should be given time to acclimate to his new surroundings.