BLACK – 20532
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Hello, my name is Black. My animal id is #20532. I am a desexed male black dog at the Brooklyn Animal Care Center. The shelter thinks I am about 6 years 2 weeks old.
I came into the shelter as a owner surrender on 12-Feb-2018, with the surrender reason stated as person circumstance- moving.
20532 Black is at risk due to being diagnosed with Canine Upper Respiratory Disease Complex and will likely require home rest and a series of antibiotics for up to 14 days. This is a contagious illness to other dogs. He should be adopted into an experienced home with no small children.
Let’s get to know each other a bit more…
A volunteer writes: I have volunteered at the BACC for a long time, and I can confidently say that this guy is one of the calmest, most chill dogs I’ve ever met. I prefer to call him Mr. Black, since he is such a gentleman! He walks like an angel on the leash; waits until we’re outside to do his business; and his general cool, calm, collectedness is admired by everyone as he walks by. I get the sense that Mr. Black is wise beyond his years- on our walks together, he often stops to look behind him and stare off into the distance, seeming to contemplate our existence (or maybe he’s looking for his forever family?). Although he never pulls on the leash, Mr. Black loves to stop and explore everything we pass, and he especially loves looking into cars to lock eyes with their drivers. “Are you my new family?” he seems to ask. When I take him into the pen to play, Mr. Black quietly and slowly walks around, curious and confident. And as soon as I start baby talking just a little, he comes right over to nuzzle his head into my hands. It turns out Mr. Black loves ear scratches! And once he’s really enjoying himself, he’ll just go ahead and make himself comfortable by sitting on your feet and staying a while. The cherry on top: Mr. Black has shown himself to be tolerant and friendly with other dogs here at the care center! This handsome, quirky boy is available at the BACC- come and meet him today!
My medical notes are…
Weight: 58.1 lbs
Details on my behavior are…
Behavior Condition: 3. Yellow
Date of intake:: 2/12/2018
Spay/Neuter status:: No
Means of surrender (length of time in previous home):: Owner surrender
Previously lived with:: 3 adults and 1 dog, Black has spent time with children aged 1 through 7 years old.
Behavior toward strangers:: Black is friendly and outgoing.
Behavior toward children:: Tolerant but did not interact with the children.
Behavior toward dogs:: Tolerant and respectful.
Behavior toward cats:: Behavior unknown
Energy level/descriptors:: Black is described as friendly, affectionate, playful, confident with a high energy.
Date of assessment:: 2/15/2018
Look:: 2. Dog pulls out of Assessor’s hands each time without settling during three repetitions.
Sensitivity:: 1. Dog stands still and accepts the touch, eyes are averted, and tail is in neutral position with a relaxed body posture. Dog’s mouth is likely closed for at least a portion of the assessment item.
Tag:: 1. Dog follows at the end of the leash, body soft.
Paw squeeze 1:: 3. Dog is soft in body and eye, and moves legs/body so that the Assessor is unable to hold the paw.
Flank squeeze 1:: 1. Dog does not respond at all.
Flank squeeze 2:: 1. Dog does not respond at all.
Toy:: 1. No interest.
Summary:: Black came into the assessment room calm and quiet, he was friendly and social towards the handlers but was also distracted and anxious in the room.
Summary (1):: Black initially kept to himself when introduced to novel dogs. As he continued to participate in group, he became comfortable around them; offering muzzle greets. He is somewhat sexually motivated, positioning himself to mount the greeters but ceases when interrupted by handlers. According to Black’s previous owner, Black lived with another male dog for 3 years. They slept, played , and were fed together, from the same bowl. The Behavior Department recommends that Black be placed in a home with resident dogs that are well socialized and matches his calm demeanor. All introductions should be done slowly and under supervision. 2/13: When off leash at the Care Centers, Black immediately walks past the novel female dog, and avoids her most of the session. He allows her to greet him, but he does not reciprocate. 2/14: Black initially ignores the novel male dog, and explores the pens, but towards the end of his session he intensely sniffs his genital area. 2/15-16: Today, Black was more comfortable and forward with his greeting. He tolerates the female dog’s air snap but does not move away until handlers interrupt him. He spends the rest of his session exploring the yard. 2/22-25: Black returned to group and met a social female dog. He appropriately greeted her, then explored the pens.
Date of intake:: 2/12/2018
Summary:: Black greeted me with a wagging tail and relaxed body.
Date of initial:: 2/13/2018
Summary:: ense, whale eyes, moves away from all touch.
ENERGY LEVEL:: Black displays a low to medium activity level in the care center.
BEHAVIOR DETERMINATION:: EXPERIENCE (suitable for an adopter with some previous dog experience, especially with the behaviors outlined below)
Behavior Asilomar: TM – Treatable-Manageable
Recommendations:: No young children (under 5)
Recommendations comments:: No young children: Due to the behavior seen in the care center, we feel that Black may be timid by young children. He needs a slow approach and time to warm up. He should never be forced to interact with new people, and should be allowed to greet and initiate an interaction at his own pace.
Potential challenges: : Anxiety
Potential challenges comments:: Anxious: Black has shown some signs of potential anxiety in the care center, vocalizing (whining, panting, pacing back and forth) continually through the SAFER and through play sessions outside. The owner profile does not note anxiety so we cannot be certain whether this behavior will continue in a future home, or whether it is specific to the shelter environment.
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