Date of intake:: 9/1/2018
Means of surrender (length of time in previous home):: Owner surrender
Previously lived with:: 3 adults
Behavior toward strangers:: Shy
Behavior toward children:: Behavior unknown
Behavior toward dogs:: Barks
Behavior toward cats:: Behavior unknown
Resource guarding:: None reported
Bite history:: None reported
Energy level/descriptors:: He is house trained and knows how to use wee wee pads. Shadow is described as a high energy, affectionate dog.
Date of assessment:: 9/2/2018
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:: 3. Dog stands tall and square, tail perpendicular to spine, mouth closed for the majority of the assessment item.
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:: 4. Dog growls.
Toy:: 1. No interest.
Summary:: During his handling assessment Shadow was fearful, tense, and low growls when handled, and showed interest in the toy item.
Summary (1):: According to Shadow's previous owner, Shadow barks at other dogs while walks. Here at the Care Centers, Shadow is nervous and conflicted around other dogs. He bounces a few times but immediately displays warnings when reciprocated. The Behavior Department recommends that Shadow be given a period of decompression before introducing him to novel dogs. All introductions should be done slowly and under supervision.
9/2: When off leash at the Care Centers, Shadow tucks his tail and lip licks when the greeter moves closer to him. He avoids her the bulk of his session.
9/4: Shadow is nervous as he is introduced to a novel male dog. He briefly greets him, but primarily avoids him and explores the pens, while hyper salivating. He greets another male dog at the gate, and shows conflicting behavior play bowing, but barking and baring his teeth as well.
9/5: Shadow greets a novel male dog at the gate with a soft body and wagging tail. He explores the pens and greets the male dog briefly face to face before they are separated due to the other male dogs tenseness.
9/7: Shadow greets the female helper dog with a lean back posture. He solicits play but moves away when she reciprocates. He attempts to be social and returns to interact with her.
Date of intake:: 9/1/2018
Summary:: Lunging, barking
ENERGY LEVEL:: His previous owner describes Shadow as an shy, dog. Shadow displayed low energy and movement throughout assessment, and will need daily mental and physical activity to keep him engaged and exercised.
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 how uncomfortable Shadow is currently with touch and novel stimuli, we feel that an adult-only home would be most beneficial at this time.
Place with new hope partner: Shadow 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: : Fearful/potential for defensive aggression
Potential challenges comments:: Fearful/potential for defensive aggression: Shadow has attempted to bite(snapping) during his stay in our care centers when uncomfortable; guidance from a professional trainer/behaviorist is recommended to assess behavior after decompression in a new home environment. Force-free, reward based training is advised when introducing or exposing Shadow to new and unfamiliar situations.