Join Date: Jan 2013
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Heres the evaluation!
Appeared slightly nervous through whole test, presumably from separation anxiety or not comfortable in new environment—constant panting (the panting could’ve also been because he’s overweight).
Test 1: Sociability—dog was friendly, responded quickly and warmly to person on leash. Was fine with back stroking. Enjoyed attention and petting.
Test 2: Teeth exam—dog slightly froze when first had gums lifted but immediately relaxed and allowed it to happen all five times. Dog ignored being yelled at.
Test 3: Safe Hug—dog didn’t seem to love it, but tolerated it. Fine afterwards
Test 4: Play/Prey response—not super competitive for tug toy. Likes balls. Will give them up. Not possessive.
Note: Owner indicated that he has a history of being possessive over certain toys and valuable items (rawhides, bones, etc.) with dogs. Not all items, nor with all dogs.
Test 5: Food and Possession Aggression—dog showed no food or possession aggression. However, he wasn’t really interested in the food or rawhide, possibly due to stress in the new environment.
Test 6: Reaction to Strangers, Guests—Dog’s body froze with medium height, slightly fast tail wag. May have let out a low growl. Definitely stared down the intruder. When the intruder stopped staring at him and relaxed her body posture, he relaxed his. I then allowed the [now] guest to have her hand sniffed. He did fine and allowed her to pet him willingly.
My observations from this encounter was that he has protective or territorial tendencies, but he has does have self-control. IE: He showed that he knows the difference between a threat and a guest.
Test 7: Dog-dog interactions—fine with other dogs.
Test 8: Child interactions—not able to test
Overall Prince is a very nice, friendly dog. My recommendation for Prince is to be rehomed to a home with an experienced dog owner who can be a good strong leader, give him plenty of exercise, and give him stability. Probably wouldn’t recommend young kids due to his size and protective nature. Prince has a history of being protective, but I don’t foresee this being a problem in the correct home. The two bites he had in his past happened in times of very high stress (like the death of his owner), and both were protective/territorial in nature. With a dominant owner, more exercise, and a lower stress environment, he should have no problem being a great dog.