CHICO – A1117233
Urgent - Brooklyn
CHICO – A1117233
**SAFER : NEW HOPE RESCUE ONLY**
MALE, BLACK, MALTESE MIX, 4 yrs
OWNER SUR – EVALUATE, HOLD RELEASED Reason CHILDCONFL
Intake condition EXAM REQ Intake Date 07/02/2017, From NY 11213, DueOut Date 07/02/2017,
Medical Behavior Evaluation RED
Medical Summary DVM Intake Exam intact male Estimated age: 4 years Microchip noted on Intake? negative History : Owner surrender Subjective: Apparently healthy intact male Observed Behavior – Fractious. Trying to bite. Did not tolerated handling Objective R = panting BCS 5/9 EENT: Eyes clear, ears clean, no nasal discharge noted Oral Exam: NAF PLN: No enlargements noted H/L: NSR, NMA, CRT < 2, Lungs clear, eupnic ABD: Non painful, no masses palpated U/G: intact male MSI: Ambulatory x 4, skin free of parasites, no masses noted, healthy hair coat CNS: mentation appropriate – no signs of neurologic abnormalities Assessment Behavior Plan Behavior classes Prognosis: excellent SURGERY: Okay for surgery
Chico is a 4 year old small black dog who was surrendered by his owner due to child conflict. The owner stated that she has had Chico for the past 3 months and she got him from a friend. Chico has no known medical issues.
Owner stated that when around stranger he is friendly and outgoing. Chico has spent time around and 8 year old child and due to the child’s behavior he has become fearful and aggressive toward children. Chico does not like to play with children but does play gentle with adults. Chico has not spent time in the home around other dogs or cats so it is unknown how he will react.
Chico has never bitten another animal but has bitten people before but he has never drawn blood. Owner stated that Chico does pee indoors and sometimes becomes anxious when left alone. During loud noises and fireworks Chico is terrified and will panic. When someone touches Chico’s food he isn’t bothered. Again due to the child’s behavior with Chico in the home Chico does resource guard with his treats and toys and if taken away he will growl and snap. If Chico is pushed of the couch he may also growl and snap. He isn’t bothered if he is restrained or disturbed while he sleeps. Chico likes being bathed and brushed. He has never had his nails trimmed but it is unknown how she will react. When someone unfamiliar approaches his house or family member Chico will bark.
Owner described Chico as friendly affectionate and playful with a high activity level. When at home Chico will follow his owner around. He likes to play with balls, stuffed and chew bones. He has been kept mostly indoors and eats both wet and dry food. Chico is mostly house trained and has accident in the home a few times per month. When using the bathroom outside he will go on the grass or cement. When left alone in the house Chico is well behaved but may pee in the house. Chico has been crated andd does well for up to 8 hours. Chico knows the sit and come commands. He is used to brisk walks on the leash. When off the leash he will wander but comes back when called.
Intact male, owner surrender
Previously lived with: Adults, child (aged 8)
Behavior toward strangers: Friendly, outgoing
Behavior toward children: Fearful, snaps and growls at resident child
Behavior toward dogs: Unknown
Behavior toward cats: Unknown
Resource guarding: Growls and snaps over toys and treats
Bite history: Chico has bitten people before but never broke skin – details were not provided
Energy level/descriptors: Friendly, affectionate and playful with a high activity level
Summary: Chico remains fearful and challenging to handle in the care center. Out of concern for his stress level, a handling assessment will not be performed. Please use his owner surrender profile as a guideline for his behavior in a home environment.
Chico’s previous guardian reported that he has not spent time with other dogs. When off leash with dogs at the Care Center, Chico keeps to himself in a group of small male and female dogs. He is tolerant of the other dogs’ face to face greetings.
During his initial medical examination, Chico was fearful and snapped; he did not allow handling.
Chico is reported to have a high activity level in a home environment; in the care center, Chico has displayed a low activity level. We recommend daily mental and physical stimulation as an outlet to direct his energy and enthusiasm.
RECOMMENDATIONS: New Hope Only
_X_No children (under 13)
_X_Place with a New Hope partner: Due to all noted concerns displayed in a home environment and in shelter, the behavior department recommends Chico be placed with a New Hope placement partner who is able to provide an experienced adult-only foster home. A period of decompression is recommended to allow Chico to acclimate comfortably to his new environment; force-free, reward based training only is advised when introducing Chico to new and unfamiliar situations. Consultation with a professional trainer/behaviorist is highly recommended for guidance to safely manage/modify any behavior Chico presents with outside of the care centers.
_X_Resource guarding: Chico’s previous owner notes that he may growl over toys and food. We recommend that Chico be left along while eating, and that food guarding behavior modification steps (available at ASPCApro.org) be utilized if this behavior is problematic in his future home. Nothing should ever be taken directly out of Chico’s mouth, and any time something is removed he should be rewarded with a high value treat or toy. He should be taught the “drop” cue and trade-up games
_X_Fearful/potential for defensive aggression: Chico has been observed to display fearful behavior during his stay at our care centers, at times avoiding interaction and shying away from direct touch. Chico startles easily and is made uncomfortable by loud noises and sudden movement. He displays proper warning signals as well as increasing distance from anything that may present a threat. We cannot be certain if any other behavior is suppressed as a result of his environment. A period of decompression is advised before introduction or exposure to new and unfamiliar situations. Force-free, reward based training is advised.
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