BENNY aka ELI – A1121285
Safe - 8-15-2017 Manhattan
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BENNY aka ELI – A1121285
**SAFER : EXPERIENCED HOME / NO YOUNG CHILDREN**
NEUTERED MALE, BROWN / WHITE, PIT BULL MIX, 2 yrs
STRAY – STRAY WAIT, HOLD FOR ID Reason ABANDON
Intake condition EXAM REQ Intake Date 08/08/2017, From NY 10466, DueOut Date 08/11/2017
Medical Behavior Evaluation YELLOW
Medical Summary Estimated age: 1.5-2 years Microchip noted on Intake? yes 985112008348599. Found tied to pole on street, bar, hydrated, friendly but catious, growled when begining vaccinations/restraint. ears back a bit during exam. P = 120 R = 20 BCS: 5/9 EENT: Eyes clear, ears clean, no nasal discharge noted Oral Exam: negative PLN: No enlargements noted H/L: NSR, NMA, CRT < 2, Lungs clear, eupnic ABD: Non painful, no masses palpated U/G: male castrated MSI: Ambulatory x 4, skin free of parasites, no masses noted, healthy hair coat CNS: mentation appropriate – no signs of neurologic abnormalities Rectal: not performed Assessment: appears to be in good health Plan: vax heartworm test flea tx Prognosis: excellent SURGERY: already altered
A volunteer writes:
Teef, glorious teef! It’s not easy to pinpoint 2 year-old Benny’s best quality but if I had to, if I absolutely HAD to, I think it would most certainly be those dazzling, pearly whites. The moment I catch a glimpse of them jutting out, up, and over his stiff upper lip, I’m instantly in love. Benny looks a little uncertain in his kennel, throwing me some handsome side-eye when I invite him for a walk. But the thought of fun in the sun and a roll in the grass eventually wins our boy over, and he’s easily leashed and off we go for a stroll through the glorious park. Benny walks nicely on leash looking up at me often blinding me yet again with that sly, silly smile. He tends to his business straight away, and after greeting park passersby with a “woof!” and some wags, leads us back to the shelter for some playtime in the yard. Well, play? That comes second. First come treats for Benny. He sits excitedly at my feet as he waits for one, sometimes leaping up letting his excitement get the best of him, but easily settles and takes his spoils gently licking the inside of my hand. Now it’s time to have some fun and I’m just as ready as he. And if there’s something more enjoyable than sidling up next to this caramel-colored cutie and running your fingers through his husky-thick coat, well I don’t know what it is. We sit on that bench for what seems like forever listening to summer’s children giggle, free of classrooms, out for play. And right then we’re just as young and just as aimless. And Benny caps the moment with a kiss. It’s not easy to pinpoint 2 year-old Benny’s best quality. His coloring, his coat, his spirit, those TEEFS. But as we head back inside and he happily trots in front of me the answer becomes clear. The best part of Benny is his heart. Benny is waiting in adoptions at Manhattan ACC.
KNOWN HISTORY: None
Look: 3. Dog jumps on the Assessor consistently and will not allow Assessor to conduct the assessment.
Sensitivity: 2. Dog displays high energy and movement, but it is directed toward getting closer to the Assessor. His body is soft, panting, jumps up between attempts to lick Assessor.
Tag: 2. Dog assumes play position and joins the game. Jumps up high and hard on assessor.
Squeeze 1: 1. Dog gently pulls back his paw.
Squeeze 2: 3. Dog is soft in body and eye, and moves his legs/body so that the Assessor is unable to hold the paw.
Toy: 1. Dog settles close, keeps a firm grip and is loose and wiggly. He does not place his body between you and the toy.
Summary: Benny displayed a high level of activity and movement on his assessment, jumping on the assessor repeatedly. He allowed all handling and was social throughout.
DOG-DOG INTERACTION ASSESSMENT:
Social: These dogs truly enjoy the company of other dogs. They generally get along with all other dogs and can tolerate even very rude or inappropriate behavior.
Benny plays exuberantly with male and female dogs in the care center. Based on the observed behavior here, the behavior department feels he may be most compatible with other social, playful dogs.
8/9: When introduced off leash to the female greeter dog, Eli is soft when greeting. He remains polite, and offers bows to solicit play.
8/10: Benny plays exuberantly with another male dog.
Upon intake, Benny was energetic and playful
During his initial medical exam, Benny was tense and growled during restraint.
We have no history on Benny so we cannot be certain of his behavior in a home environment. In the care center he has been active and enthusiastic. He may have a low threshold for arousal and needs guidance to learn how to appropriately channel that energy when he becomes overstimulated. He will need daily mental and physical stimulation and exercise, and a force-free, positive reinforcement-based training class may help him to learn impulse control and to train desirable behaviors that can be rewarded.
RECOMMENDATIONS: Experience (suitable for an adopter with some previous dog experience, especially with behaviors outlined below)
_X_No young children (under 5): Due to how quickly Benny becomes over aroused, we recommend a home without young children. Older children who are comfortable around large, jumpy dogs should have an in-depth interaction prior to adoption.
_X_Basic manners/Poor impulse control: It is recommended that default behaviors such as “Leave it”, “Sit/Stay”, “Down” are reinforced to substitute any frustration and teach him to control his impulses instead of simply reacting; proper management is also advised. Force-free, reward based training only is recommended.
_X_Social hyper-arousal: Benny displays a high level of activity and escalates quickly when excited. He may need positive reinforcement, force free training to teach him to remain calm in the presence of people. He should be given food rewards for any calm behavior he demonstrates, and when he becomes over aroused people should walk away from him into another room.
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