The behavior department feels that he may do best with an experienced adopter. Nature is somewhat fearful and needs time to warm up to the handler. Nature has been showing fearful behavior and avoids being leash on the kennel. We cannot be certain if behavior may be suppressed as a result of the shelter environment. Please note that behavior may change when Nature is more comfortable and settled in a home environment.
Look: 2. Dog's eyes are averted. His body posture is fearful; his tail is low and not moving. He allows head to be held loosely in Assessor's cupped hands. Sensitivity: 2. Dog accepts the touch, his eyes are averted, shy body language, mouth closed, lip long, ears likely back, may lip lick.Tag: 1. Follows at end of leash, body low and a bit fearful. Squeeze 1: 1. Dog gently pulls back his paw. Squeeze 2: 1. Dog gently pulls back his paw. Toy 1. No interest.
Group Behavior 6/14: When off leash with other dogs Nature is uncomfortable and continuously attempts to run away. 6/15: Nature continues to run away from interaction.
Basic information: Nature is a 2 year old neutered male Great Dane mixed with Plott hound. He was adopted from North Shore Animal League 2 years ago. He was surrendered because his previous owner is moving and isn't allowed pets in his new home. He has no known injuries or health problems and the last time he went to the vet was 1 year ago.
Socialization: Around strangers Nature is friendly and outgoing and when he played with adults he was exuberant. He lived with children ages 2-12, with them he was relaxed and playful and when he played he was exuberant. He spent time with another dog, pit-bull, with him he was relaxed and playful and also exuberant at play. He's also spent time with cats, with them he was respectful.
Behavior: Nature has never attempted to bite a person or animal. He isn't bothered by storms or fireworks. If his food bowl was touched while eating he would step back and was relaxed. He was friendly if a a treat was taken from him and playful if a toy was taken from him. He isn't bothered if he's taken off furniture. He was friendly if he's held or restrained. He isn't bothered if he is disturbed while sleeping. If he was giving a bath he was fearful.
For a New Family to Know: Nature is described as friendly, affectionate, playful, confident, and excitable and he has a very high activity level. the two things his previous owner liked most about him were; he's curious and listens well. When his previous owner was home he would tend to follow him around. He liked to play with balls and chew toys and his favorite games were fetch and tug. He was kept indoors only and he ate dry Pedigree. His owner believes he will do best in a family home with children. He is house trained and never had accidents indoors. He is well behaved when left indoors or in the yard. He was crate trained as a puppy but doesn't need it now. He knows sit, stay and 'don't touch' on command. He played in his yard daily and went for walks twice a week. On leash he pulls lightly and off leash he stays close.
Behavior during intake: Nature was stressed when his owner left, he was pacing and panting. He flinched when pet initially. After a few minutes he allowed me to pet him without flinching, he jumped up for attention, he laid on my lap. He allowed me to collar him and take his pictures. He showed no signs of aggression.
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