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A key to understanding dog warden terms

Here is a list of dog log terms used by the Lucas County Dog Warden's office:

Stray: Owner unknown. Dog picked up by member of the public who found it roaming the street and took it to dog pound/held it for dog warden to pick up.

Running at large: Found by dog warden's deputies running loose on the street.

Failed behavior evaluation: All dogs undergo standard testing to determine if they are suitable for adoption unless they are too sick or too unsafe to be tested.

Aggressive/unsafe: Dog acts aggressively toward staff and cannot be safely handled for behavior testing.

Fearful/unsafe: Dog is fearful and attempts to bite or attack staff and therefore cannot be safely handled for behavior testing.

Food guarder/resource guarder: During the behavior evaluation, the dog aggressively guards its food or a non-food item such as a toy (resource). Signs of food or resource aggression include growling, biting, showing its teeth or charging at the person carrying out the test when he/she attempts to move the food or toy away.

Body handling: During the behavior evaluation, the dog acts aggressively when the handler stares at the dog, pets the dog's body, and squeezes its foot and/or pokes the dog in a playful manner. Signs of aggression in this part of the test include attempting to bite or charging at the handler, showing its teeth or growling.

Dog aggression: Dog has tried to attack other dogs at the pound.

History of fighting: A "pit bull"-type dog that shows scars indicating it has been used for fighting. The scars will generally be on the face, neck, and front of the legs.

Bite history: Dog is known to have bitten in the past. The dog may have bitten somebody at the pound, or the owner or person who brought in the dog reported that it has bitten somebody in the past.

Owner requested euthanasia: If the owner of a dog requests euthanasia the pound is obligated to put it down under county policy. Pound staff will determine reason for owner's request and suggest other options, such as adoption, if appropriate.

Vet recommended: A qualified veterinarian has determined the animal is dying or is too sick or injured to maintain a reasonable quality of life.


Find the dogs available for adoption from the Lucas County Dog Warden at toledoblade.com/dogs-for-adoption.

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