BENZIE – A1117646
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BENZIE – A1117646
**SAFER: NEW HOPE ONLY**
MALE, BLACK / WHITE, SHIH TZU MIX, 1 yr, 5 mos
OWNER SUR – EVALUATE, NO HOLD Reason STRAY
Intake condition EXAM REQ Intake Date 07/06/2017, From NY 10466, DueOut Date 07/06/2017,
Medical Behavior Evaluation BLUE
Medical Summary DVM Intake Exam Estimated age: Reported 5 years old – exam is consistent with 4-6 year old dog Microchip noted on Intake? Scanned negative – MC placed during exam History : Owner surrender, no health hx reported Subjective: Apparently healthy Observed Behavior – Fearful – allowed me to do a full exam whn I took some time to allow him to warm up, moved slowly and talked gently to him. Large sheet wrapped around pt to help him feel comfortable. Muzzled as precaution for blood draw and MC, but pt struggled only a little during those procedures. Objective BAR-H, MMs pink and moist, BCS 4/9 EENT: Eyes clear, ears clean, no nasal discharge noted Oral Exam: Clean teeth PLN: No enlargements noted H/L: NSR, NMA Lungs clear, eupnic ABD: Non painful, no masses palpated U/G: Male intact, both testicles S/S, pendulous scrotum MSI: Long but groomed hair coat. Ambulatory x 4, skin free of parasites, no masses noted. CNS: Mentation appropriate – no signs of neurologic abnormalities Rectal: Normal externally. Assessment: Apparently healthy adult male dog Plan: Neuter Prognosis: Excellent SURGERY: Okay for surgery 1088
Basic Information: Benzie is a 5 years old medium sized black and white dog. He was gifted from a friend 1 year ago. The previous owner had to surrender due to landlord issues. His last vetirinary visit was on June 24, 2016.
Socialization: He was a shy for few minutes and would growl depending how friendly you are towards him. He will open to you if you approach him nicely with a gentle tone. He was relaxed with children of the ages 8 and up. He played gently with adults and children. Previous owner stated he got along well with female dogs in the streets. He has no bite history.
Behavior: He was not bothred by storms and fireworks. He was not bothered when his food bowl, treats and toys were touched while he was eating. He was not bothered when pushed/pulled off furniture, held or restrained. He acts afraid when unfamiliars approached his house or family members.
For a New family to Know: Benzie was described as a mellow and shy dog. His activity level was medium. His favorite activity was eating milkbone treats. He followed the previous owner around the house. He was kept mostly indoors. He was mostly house trained but would have accidents a few times a week. He tried to go potty on the wee-wee pads but failed some times. He barks when left alone in the house. He has never been crate trained. He stays close by your side when off leash.
During Intake: Benzie growled at the admissions counselor. Benzie hid behind his previous owner and she had to collar him. He did not enjoyed the rope and was able to freed himself once. Admissions counselor was able to slowly walk him and place him inside his kennel. He jumped in circles, scratched the rope with his two front paws and lunge at it to free himself from it.
Neutered, owner surrender
Previously lived with: Adults
Behavior toward strangers: Shy, growls
Behavior toward children: Relaxed with children ages 8+
Behavior toward dogs: Gets along with female dogs
Behavior toward cats: Unknown
Resource guarding: None reported
Bite history: None reported
Energy level/descriptors: Mellow and shy dog with a medium activity level
Summary: Benzie growled at the assessor when attempting to interact, whale eyed and increasing distance. Out of concern for his stress level, a SAFER assessment will not be completed at this time.
When off leash with dogs at the Care Center, Benzie mostly keeps to himself in a group of small male and female dogs. He is tolerant of their face to face greetings. He attempts to mount another male dog and is persistent despite handler interruption.
Upon intake, Benzie growled and hid; he allowed minimal handling from the admissions counselor.
During his initial medical examination, Benzie was fearful though warmed up and tolerated handling
Benzie is reported to have a medium energy level. He is a young, enthusiastic, dog who will need daily mental and physical activity to keep him engaged and exercised. We recommend long-lasting chews, food puzzles, and hide-and-seek games, in additional to physical exercise, to positively direct his energy and enthusiasm.
RECOMMENDATIONS: New Hope Only
_X_No children (under 13)
_X_Place with a New Hope partner: Due to the warning and distance-increasing behaviors shown in the care center, we recommend placement with a New Hope partner who can provide force free behavior modification to address the underlying anxiety
_X_Handling/touch sensitivity: Benzie has been noted to become uncomfortable with handling at times, especially when a person is reaching over him. It is important to always go slow and give Benzie the option to walk away from any social interaction. Benzie should never be forced to approach anything that he is uncomfortable with or to submit to petting or handling. It should always be Benzie’s choice to approach a new person or thing. Benzie may do best in an initially calm and quiet home environment and should be given time to acclimate to his new surroundings.
_X_Fearful/potential for defensive aggression: Though he has improved during his stay at our care centers, Benzie continues to give all appropriate warning signals when uncomfortable. Due to the consistent behavior displayed in shelter, the behavior department recommends an experienced adult home only until he can acclimate to his new home environment for the behavior to be further assessed. Consultation with a professional trainer/behaviorist is advised; force-free, reward based training only is recommended.
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