Nina is a 2y Collie Golden mix, maybe w a hint of Shepherd in her lineage, left in the lobby of the shelter as a stray. Upon intake, Nina displayed a loose body, wagging tail & open mouth. Allowed all handling and scanned negative.
SAFER ASSESSMENT: 11/3/16 Look: 1. Dog’s eyes are averted. Her ears are back, her tail is down, and she has a relaxed body posture. Dog allows head to be held loosely in Assessor’s cupped hands.
Sensitivity: 1. Dog stands still and accepts the touch, her eyes are averted, and her tail is in neutral position with relaxed body posture. Dog’s mouth is likely closed for at least a portion 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 is crouching, tail is tucked and a bit tense.
Squeeze 1& 2: 1. Dog gently pulls back her paw.
Toy: 1. No interest.
Summary: Nina was uncomfortable throughout her assessment, displaying some fearful behavior. Nina may benefit best from a slow/soft approach.
PLAYGROUP: Nina's owner did not provide any information on Nina's behavior around dogs. Nina was surrendered along with three little dogs that lived with her. When off leash with dogs at the Care Center, Nina : Nina displays soft and calm body language when interacting in a group of calm male and female dogs. When a dog greets for too long, she displays a look away. The Behavior Department believes that Nina would be most comfortable as the only dog in the home, however a dog-dog interaction can be conducted with a potential adopter's calm dog to assess Nina's comfort level.
RECOMMENDATIONS: Experience _X_No young children (under 5)(Nina appears to startle upon sudden movements and some loud noises, for this reason a home without young children is advised. Force-free, reward based training is recommended when introducing or exposing Nina to new and unfamiliar situations.)
1/2: Nina greets the novel male dog displaying nervous body language. She mostly keeps to herself as she explores the pen. When the male dog greets her face to face, she displays look aways.
11/5: Nina displays soft and calm body language when interacting in a group of calm male and female dogs. When a dog greets for too long, she displays a look away.
11/6-11/10: Nina explored the yard and occasionally checked in with the calm male and female dogs.
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