SCP "Bad Dog"

Item #: SCP-XXXX

Object Class: Uncontained

Special Containment Procedures: As of yet, SCP-XXXX is uncontained. Due to the uncertainty of its nature, containment may not be possible. In an attempt to further understand and possibly contain SCP-XXXX, the Foundation has adopted ████ dogs and distributed them amongst staff. These staff are encouraged to train these dogs to become well-mannered, though this is not required. Staff members, when leaving the home, are required to leave the dog outside of a cage and allow them free roam of the home. Cameras and audio recording equipment are to be placed in each room. Abnormal behavior captured by the equipment is to be reported to the Research Team for further analysis.

Description: SCP-XXXX is an entity or event which affects canis lupus familiarus (commonly known as "dogs") that have been adopted as traditional pets. Wild or feral dogs, or dogs that are unadopted and part of an adoption facility, do not seem to be affected.
In later stages of the anomaly, the object or event also seems to affect the owner of the dog. In a "family" situation, or one which there are multiple people in the household, the owner appears to be defined as whoever was present at the time of adoption. If multiple people were present, the owner is defined as whoever the dog views as the "alpha" of the home.

The anomaly will occur over several days, possibly weeks in some cases, and occurs over four stages.

Stage One: When the anomaly first takes effect, the affected dog - hereto referred to as SCP-XXXX-1 - will begin displaying untrained, "bad" behavior in the home. This may include urinating, defecating, and/or anxious chewing behaviors. These behaviors seem to occur in any age, breed, and size of dog, regardless of previous training. Upon discovery of these actions, the affected dog's owner will become increasingly frustrated, especially as these behaviors repeat or worsen over a period of a few days. This reaction is determined to be natural and non-anomalous.]

Stage Two: After a certain number of days, SCP-XXXX-1 will enter stage two, displaying "heightened" bad behaviors. Examples include:
* Urinating and/or defecating with increasing frequency and quantity, especially in areas significant to the owner(s), such as their bedroom - often evacuating an amount of urine seemingly impossible for a dog of its size to contain or produce within the time frame
* Extreme chewing, demonstrating jaw strength previously thought impossible of the particular breed. Objects targeted seem to demonstrate a pattern of increasing objective value or subjective significance to the owner
* Digging behaviors. SCP-XXXX-1 will attempt to dig through hardwood, carpeted, or tiled floor, with varying levels of success.
* Removal of collars and/or any other objects fitted to SCP-XXXX-1 for identification purposes, regardless of tightness or fit.
Once again, upon discovery of these actions, the owner will become increasingly frustrated with SCP-XXXX-1. Depending on the severity of SCP-XXXX-1's actions and the previous disposition of the owner, the owner may beat or otherwise severely punish the dog. Owners who usually react calmly or could be considered "submissive" to their dog will display abnormal amounts of frustration, enacting punishments that they normally would not. Some owners will also give their dog up for adoption at this point, often as a result of the dog's behavior, but especially when combined with outside circumstances (for example, if the owner was already having money problems, he/she may see this bad behavior as an excuse to give it away in order to save money). It is unknown whether this behavior from the owners is anomalous, or is simply a natural reaction to the severity of SCP-XXXX-1's behavior. SCP-XXXX-1 instances that are given up for adoption by this point will not continue displaying these behaviors once in the adoption facility, and further development of the anomaly will not occur. They therefore lose their SCP-XXXX-1 classification.

Stage Three: If SCP-XXXX-1 has not been given up for adoption at this point, stage three of the anomaly will begin. Stage three will only occur after multiple days of the first two stages, and only while the owner is present in the home. SCP-XXXX-1 will start openly displaying the previous behaviors in full view of their owner - urinating, defeating, chewing, or digging right in front of them. Despite the scolding or punishments they receive, they will continue to display this behavior. As such, the punishments given by the owner will increase in severity. Beatings will often occur, even from owners who would seemingly be incapable of performing such an act. As a result, SCP-XXXX-1 can become gravely injured. ██% of dogs believed to have been affected by SCP-XXXX have died at this stage as a result of severe punishment from their owners.

Stage 4: If SCP-XXXX-1 has not been killed or given up for adoption by this point, the final stage of the anomaly will occur while the owner is in the home. SCP-XXXX-1 will display extreme violence, regardless of its previous disposition toward such. If there are small children in the home, SCP-XXXX-1 will viciously attempt to bite them. Other pets in the home - regardless of specie - will also often be targeted. Its final attack - or if there is nothing else to attack - will be targeted against its owner specifically. Depending on the size of the breed and the strength of the owner, this attack can range anywhere from one severe bite to a deadly mauling of the owner. Mauling will not occur to any other member of the household - this behavior is reserved strictly for the owner of SCP-XXXX-1.

As a result of any of the above behavior, SCP-XXXX-1 will inevitably end up being given away to an Animal Control facility or similar adoption center. If the violent behavior is reported by the owner or those close to him/her, SCP-XXXX-1 will often be put down by the state. If not, SCP-XXXX-1 will usually be placed up for adoption. However, violent and "bad" behaviors will continue within the adoption facility, often leading to SCP-XXXX-1 never being adopted, and subsequently being put down.

By this point, surviving owners will often display a complete lack of sympathy or interest in their SCP-XXXX-1 instance, if not displaying a completely negative view of them. Affected owners, if not traumatized by the experience, can go on to adopt dog(s) in the future. Dogs adopted by previous owners of SCP-XXXX-1 instances do not seem to display anomalous properties; therefore, it is not believed that SCP-XXXX is "tied" to any specific location or owner.

The current method with which SCP-XXXX chooses its targets is currently unknown, and in fact appears to be random.

Interview Logs:: (to be written)

Incident Report: On July 12th, 2017, staff member ████ ██████, who had been issued a dog by the Foundation, reported sudden behavioral changes in the dog that seemed to align with anomalous behaviors typical of SCP-XXXX. The staff member had owned the dog in question for four years, and had trained it sufficiently. Upon review of the footage, the dog was classified as an SCP-XXXX-1 instance after the Research Team witnessed it dig 0.5 meters through a hardwood floor. After this classification, the Research Team performed a closer analysis of all available footage. One tape, dated July 7th, 2017, showed the SCP-XXXX-1 instance staring intently at seemingly nothing, though its body language reflected it being attentive and focused. No significant audio is present, except for a whining noise coming from SCP-XXXX-1. The dog then turned its head to a pillow resting on the couch. The dog turned its attention from the pillow to the point-in-space three times, before suddenly turning around and viciously biting and destroying the pillow. Another tape, dated July 10th, 2017, showed the SCP-XXXX-1 instance staring, once again, at a random point in space, before sitting attentively. Through unknown means, the collar on SCP-XXXX-1 was subsequently unhooked, removed, and placed on a nearby table. Twenty seconds later, the dog turned to the table and began destroying the collar.

This SCP-XXXX-1 instance was brought into Foundation containment on July 14th, 2017. Further testing required.