Date of intake:: 8/26/2019
Spay/Neuter status:: No
Means of surrender (length of time in previous home):: Owner Surrender
Previously lived with:: Adults and children (ages 4 and 9)
Behavior toward strangers:: Growls when nervous but good with strangers
Behavior toward children:: Playful
Behavior toward dogs:: Playful once she warms up
Behavior toward cats:: Was scared of the cat in the home
Resource guarding:: None reported
Bite history:: None reported
Energy level/descriptors:: Diamond is described as friendly and playful with medium-high level of activity.
Date of assessment:: 8/28/2019
Summary:: Leash Walking
Strength and pulling: Moderate
Reactivity to humans: None
Reactivity to dogs: None
Leash walking comments: None
Loose in room (15-20 seconds): Moderately social
Call over: Approaches readily
Sociability comments: Body soft, explores room, jumps up in social manner
Soft handling: Accepts contact
Exuberant handling: Accepts contact
Comments: Body soft
Jog: Follows (loose)
Arousal comments: None
Knock: Approaches (loose)
Knock Comments: None
Toy: No response
Toy comments: None
Summary:: 8/27: When introduced off leash o dogs, Diamond is polite and tolerant of approach.
8/29: Diamond keeps more to herself today.
Date of intake:: 8/26/2019
Summary:: Tucked tail, growling
ENERGY LEVEL:: Diamond is described as playful with a medium-high level of activity. We recommend long-lasting chews, food puzzles, and hide-and-seek games, in additional to physical exercise, to positively direct her energy and enthusiasm.
IN SHELTER OBSERVATIONS:: Initially, Diamond was fearful in the shelter environment. She allowed minimal touch when interacting with handlers and kept her distance or hid. However, after sufficient time to acclimate, Diamond has begun to become social with handlers, choosing to approach them, soliciting attention, and remain near them. Although still fearful at the care center, she has shown great improvements in her interactions with people.
BEHAVIOR DETERMINATION:: Level 3
Behavior Asilomar: TM - Treatable-Manageable
Recommendations:: No children (under 13)
Recommendations comments:: No children (under 13): Due to the behavior seen in the care center, as well as Diamond being reported to growl at strangers by her previous owner, we feel that she may be intimidated by children. She needs a slow approach and time to warm up. She should never be forced to interact with new people, and should be allowed to greet and initiate an interaction at her own pace.
Potential challenges: : Fearful/potential for defensive aggression
Potential challenges comments:: Fearful/potential for defensive aggression: At the care center, Diamond is social with handlers but is difficult to handle when returning to her kennel. She thrashes and snaps at handlers, requiring multiple handlers and a muzzle to return to her kennel. Diamond's previous owners also report that she growls at new people. She will need a slow approach and should never be forced to approach anything or any handling that she is uncomfortable with. A period of decompression is recommended to allow Diamond to acclimate comfortably to her new environment, and force-free, reward based training only is advised when introducing her to new and unfamiliar situations. Please see handout on Fearful/potential for defensive aggression.