Is there anything Positive about the way Prince performed in the test you would like to point out? As for the test being at the behaviorist house, shes a professional. So I trust her judgement.
You also say that Prince has "fear/anxiety" and was out of his element. panting and what not. You may be correct. So if he has a higher chance of biting someone whens hes stressing or even has fear. Then wouldn't the test be better at a strangers house were both fear/anxiety were more present?
As for the stranger danger? The behaviorist was acting and sounding scared when the stranger walked in the door for the test. Personally I think many MANY dogs would react the same way. he stiffened up a bit and MAY of growled. Did not lung forward or go ballistic. Yet held his ground until the stranger was approached by the behaviorist and welcomed into the home. Prince was then calm when the chance of danger was gone.
and your other comment "not something to post a smiley face about. (That's not an attack, just a call to see this as something more serious)"
That was rude...
You've already focused on the positives from this evaluation. I'm merely pointing out some of the concerns it raises and I am doing so to help Prince, not to attack you. Ignoring the issues or glossing over them isn't doing Prince any favors. I wasn't being rude... I was being blunt. If you want a complete picture of what is behind the problems Prince has had, you will get more information from a second assessment in the home. I do not know if Prince was anxious, fearful, or just mildly stressed by the new environment -- I wasn't there. That's why I chose to use the term "ill-at-ease." A dog who continuously pants through a 30-60 minute evaluation (or however long it was), is not a dog who ever relaxed in the environment. It's also not a dog who appeared to stake any sort of claim in either the environment or the objects presented. If protectiveness of the home and resource guarding are the main issues you are trying to evaluate and address, this doesn't seem to have been the most conducive environment in which to assess those tendencies. I never knocked the behaviorist and I never suggested he or she wasn't a professional... I merely made a suggestion on what a "next step" might be in trying to give Prince the best shot at getting another chance with another family.
Acting scared and truly being scared are two very different things. Dogs absolutely know the difference. So Prince's reaction to the stranger in the presence of a person he had no connection to who was pretending to be scared, and in a home that he took no interest in claiming is a very very serious one. That freezing, staring and possibly growling... that's a warning that an attack is next. How long did they push that reaction? Would he have lunged if they kept it up and didn't change the tone of the interaction? Would he have been quicker to react in his own home with his own family to "protect?" These are the answers that are missing from this assessment... and these are the bits of information that are going to be very important to have when placing him.
The bottom line is that this is a dog with a multiple bite history. Placing him yourself leaves you vulnerable to legal recourse if he bites again.... especially if you present him to a family with this evaluation and imply in any way that this is not a very very serious issue. His problems aren't just going to disappear in a new home... and the stress of losing his family may actually make him more
reactive. Very few rescues are going to consider taking him due to their own liability... but there are some out there that may be willing and able to help. People have recommended a couple (mostly in your sister's thread). Hopefully you've contacted them. Placing Prince in a home or with a rescue is going to take serious work. You need to exhaust every opportunity to pinpoint the issues. You need to start training now. You need to get him proper exercise. You need to, at the very least, start to get the situation under control. Otherwise the odds against him are just too steep.
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