Lucille is a 5y 4.4lb all black Chi who was understandably scared out of her mind but that changed very quickly in her Foster home. She's a little fearful w/ new people but then warms up--NO Small children. Great w/ dogs, ok w/ cats but not her first favorite and is a lapdog:) 100% housetraned and knows her commands!
SAFER ASSESSMENT: 1/6/2017 Look: 2. Dog’s eyes are averted. Her body a bit tense; her tail is low and not moving. She allows head to be held loosely in Assessor’s cupped hands.
Sensitivity: 1. Dog stands still and accepts the touch, her eyes are soft and squinty, and her tail is in neutral position with relaxed body posture, mouth closed
Tag: 1. Follows at end of leash slowly, a bit fearful, approaches assessor at end of game.
Squeeze 1: 1. Dog gently pulls back her paw.
Squeeze 2: 1. Dog does not respond at all for three seconds. Her eyes are averted and her ears are relaxed
Toy 1. Minimal interest. Dog smells with wagging tail and soft body, does not fully engage.
PLAYGROUP: When off leash with other dogs Lucille is social and attempts to solicit play. She does not offer correction if mounted.
RECOMMENDATIONS: Experienced adopter, adult-only home
X_No children (under 13): Lucille is fearful with new people and in new environments, and needs a slow approach. Due to this and because we have no behavioral history on Lucille, we are recommending a calm, patient adult-only home at this time.
Potential challenges:. X_Fearful/potential for defensive aggression: Lucille will benefit from a slow approach/slow introduction. She may do best initially going home to a calm, quiet, structured environment so she can relax and know what to expect. Lucille should be the one to initiate interactions and should be handled by new people only when she solicits attention, so she has time to explore, greet, and decide she is comfortable before being touched.
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