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Sorry I have not been on to update Everyone this last week. We took prince to a reputable behaviorist on Friday. Prince did Great! We talked to her for a few mins. And then had to leave Prince there for an hour or so. They ran through all kinds of test. Having a unknown person come threw the front door and the Behaviorist would act scared and worried. He did great. She also had to other dogs and he was fine with them too. Just waiting on Her to send her total Evaluation!

I have also noticed a BIG difference in Prince since Dixie passed away. Hes not as nervous when someone comes over. Before if there was a noise or a knock at the door Dixie would bark like a crazy woman. Now hes mellow? barley barks if the doorbell rings. I wonder if the other little dogs going crazy when they heard something got him Nervous him self.

Will keep ya all up to date! Mom goes in for the start of weekly Chemo and daily radiation on Wed. Please pray for both Her and Prince!
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Sorry I have not been on to update Everyone this last week. We took prince to a reputable behaviorist on Friday. Prince did Great! We talked to her for a few mins. And then had to leave Prince there for an hour or so. They ran through all kinds of test. Having a unknown person come threw the front door and the Behaviorist would act scared and worried. He did great. She also had to other dogs and he was fine with them too. Just waiting on Her to send her total Evaluation!

I have also noticed a BIG difference in Prince since Dixie passed away. Hes not as nervous when someone comes over. Before if there was a noise or a knock at the door Dixie would bark like a crazy woman. Now hes mellow? barley barks if the doorbell rings. I wonder if the other little dogs going crazy when they heard something got him Nervous him self.

Will keep ya all up to date! Mom goes in for the start of weekly Chemo and daily radiation on Wed. Please pray for both Her and Prince!
Prayers and good thoughts being sent for your mom, Prince and you and your sister. Thanks for being "stand up" guys for the pooch.
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I will keep your Mom in my prayers and your family. So proud of Prince lets hope he gets a forever home real soon!! You and your sister are special your mother did good!
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Sorry I have not been on to update Everyone this last week. We took prince to a reputable behaviorist on Friday. Prince did Great! We talked to her for a few mins. And then had to leave Prince there for an hour or so. They ran through all kinds of test. Having a unknown person come threw the front door and the Behaviorist would act scared and worried. He did great. She also had to other dogs and he was fine with them too. Just waiting on Her to send her total Evaluation!

I have also noticed a BIG difference in Prince since Dixie passed away. Hes not as nervous when someone comes over. Before if there was a noise or a knock at the door Dixie would bark like a crazy woman. Now hes mellow? barley barks if the doorbell rings. I wonder if the other little dogs going crazy when they heard something got him Nervous him self.

Will keep ya all up to date! Mom goes in for the start of weekly Chemo and daily radiation on Wed. Please pray for both Her and Prince!
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Prayers and good thoughts being sent for your mom, Prince and you and your sister. Thanks for being "stand up" guys for the pooch.
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Heres the evaluation!

Temperament Test
Prince-3yr-golden retriever
Laura Uttenreuther
1-18-13

Test Results:
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
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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.
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Oh this is a great evaluation. What are your next steps? Will you try to place him yourself, or go back to the rescue societies with the eval, or what? good work, Prince!
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Congratulations to Prince for his good evaluation! That will make all the difference!
Sending you and your family prayers and best wishes for comfort and peace during this stressful time.
Add my thanks to the others for doing the right thing for Prince!
Mama should be proud of ALL her kids! She did good!
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Good evaluation, seems like what you have described of him.

Hope that eases people mind and helps getting him into the right house
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