Sky is a 3y 12lb tan and white Chihuahua Dachshund = Chiweenie who arrived as a stray. Upon intake Sky was quiet and very still for introduction with a tense body. Sky was also very still for handling and counselor was able to scan for microchip (negative) collar and photograph. Sky walked well on leash and was responsive to guidance. Sky appeared cautious to petting and counselor did not make contact as Sky appeared fearful to approach of hand with tucked tail and tensing body.
Sky is great once he knows you, best in a home w/ 1-2 people w/ no children. Good w/ dogs and cats:)
SAFER: NEW HOPE ONLY past behaviors in a home are unknown. Sky was calm and fearful but allowed all handling. During SAFER Sky came into the assessment room fearful with tense body posture he was a bit social towards the assessor. Not all handling items were able to be conducted as Sky attempted to bite the assessor, on the the first paw squeeze. He displayed no interest in any of the resource items during this portion of the assessment. In light of this behavior we feel that placement with a rescue that can provide positive reinforcement-based behavior modification is the best option at this time.
Look: 2. Dog's eyes are averted. His body posture is stiff and fearful; his tail is low and not moving. He allows head to be held loosely in Assessor's cupped hands.
Sensitivity: 2. Dog stands still and accepts the touch, his eyes are averted, his tail is between his legs, body stiff, mouth closed, lip long, ears back, lip lick.
Tag: 2. Dog is fearful with body low, tail tucked, and attempts to exit.
Squeeze 1: 5. Dog tries to bite. SO DON'T SQUEEZE!!
Dog-Dog:6/2: Sky is a bit nervous. He greets appropriately and wanders in the pen.
PLAYGROUP: Sky was surrendered as a stray so his past behavior with dogs is unknown. When off leash with dogs at the Care Center, Sky greets appropriatly and wanders in the pen. Sky spent most of his time next to the dog he was surrendered with. 5/31: Sky greets appropriately and wanders in the pen. He will correct a male that attempts to mount him. 6/2-6/5: Sky is a bit nervous. He greets appropriately and wanders in the pen
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