ALEXANDRA – A1077320
Safe - 6-24-2016 Brooklyn
ALEXANDRA – A1077320
**SAFER: AVERAGE HOME**
FEMALE, CHOCOLATE / WHITE, AM PIT BULL TER MIX, 4 mos
STRAY – STRAY WAIT, NO HOLD Reason STRAY
Intake condition EXAM REQ Intake Date 06/13/2016, From NY 11432, DueOut Date 06/16/2016,
MEDICAL: 6/18: VET CHECK – REJECTED FOM GLENDALE FOR LETHARGY, VOMITING AND DIARRHEA; TEMP 100.4F; QAR. ALLOWS ALL HANDLING. GREAT APPETITE. BCS 4/9; TEETH CLEAN, TACKY PALE PINK GUMS, EYES CLEAR, NO OCULAR OR NASAL DISCHARGE, EARS WNL; NORMAL THORACIC AUSCULTATION, UNABLE TO ELLICIT COUGH ON CHEST COUPAGE; NORMAL ABDOMINAL PALPATION; INTEG WNL; AMBULATORY X 4; FEMALE; PARVO TEST NEG; A: MILD DEHYDRATION, DIARRHEA — RULE OUT STRESS COLITIS, EARLY SIGNS OF CIRDC; P: REC METRONIDAZOLE 250MG PO Q12 X 5 DAYS AND DOXYCYCLINE 200MG PO Q24 X 10 DAYS (GAVE FIRST DOSE OF EACH). EXCELLENT PROGNOSIS
SAFER: AVERAGE HOME
Alexandra came to us as a stray, so we don’t have any behavior information other than what has been observed in the shelter environment. When entering the behavior room, Alexandra had visibly nervous and fearful body language. When the assessor would approach her to put on a leash Alexandra would increase her distance away from the assessor. She allowed the assessor to conduct all tactile assessment items without displaying any signs of aggression. However, Alexandra did maintain fearful body posture but was soft to the touch.
Look: 1. Dog’s eyes are averted, with tail wagging and ears back. She allows head to be held loosely in Assessor’s cupped hands.
Sensitivity: 1. Dog stands still and accepts the touch, her eyes are averted, and her tail tucked position with relaxed body posture and ears back. Dog’s mouth is closed for at least a portion of the assessment item.
Tag: 2. Dog is fearful but unresponsive when touched. Dog is not crouching.
Squeeze 1:1 Dog does not respond at all for three seconds, she has a fearful body posture, with tail tucked and ears back.
Squeeze 2: 1. Dog does not respond at all for three seconds. Her eyes are averted and her ears back with tail tucked.
Toy: 1. No interest.
Dog-Dog: When off leash with dogs at the Care Center, Alexandra is very nervous at first. She relaxes as the session continues and begins to solicit gentle play with males and females. When the play energy exceeds her comfort level, she lays down and rolls on her back.
Alexandra was lying on her bed when I began to open her kennel door. Once it was open, she moved towards the back, crouches down and avoided eye contact. I placed my rope around her and move away from the kennel’s opening so she can walk out on her own accord. She was hesitant at first but eventually step out. She began to walk towards the door with a tucked tail, and close by the other kennels increasing her distance from me. When I began to step closer to her she self-handicapping by dropping to the floor. I decided to lift her up and carry her to the play pens. Outside she lay on the floor, ears back, eyes wide and tail still tucked. After a few seconds she explored her surroundings and approached me twice, allowing me to show her affection. When another dog was brought to a pen across ours she showed interest; walking back and forth attempting to greet. When it was time to go back to the pens she drop to floor again as I leashed her. I had to carry her back to her kennel and place her in it. I gave her treats, which he happily took.
6/15: Alexandra was lying down when I came to get her and lowered her head when I opened the kennel door. She would take treats from me slowly but would not get up. Eventually by moving out of her line of sight I got her to stand up and walk out of her kennel. She walked a few steps in the hall but then lay down, and I had to carry her the rest of the way to the pen. I attempted to give her treats in the pen but she did not take them. She intially explored with a tucked tail but eventually untucked it, although it remained low. When I placed the treat in front of her instead of handing it to her she took it, and after that would cautiously take treats from my hand. She once again shut down when I roped her to take her back and I had to carry her. Once she was back in her kennel she took a treat from my hand. –
Alexandra was surrendered as a stray so her past behavior around dogs is unknown.
6/14-6/15: When off leash with dogs at the Care Center, Alexandra is very nervous at first. She relaxes as the session continues and begins to solicit gentle play with males and females. When the play energy exceeds her comfort level, she lies down and rolls on her back.
6/16: Alexandra is more confident today. She greets male and female small dogs appropriately as she wanders in the pen.
6/20: Alexandra continues to remain nervous when first meeting new dogs but does loosen up and engage in gentle, bouncy chase play with two other female dogs.
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