CICI – A1097163
Safe - 11-23-2016 Manhattan
CICI – A1097163
***SAFER : EXPERIENCED HOME / NO YOUNG CHILDREN***
FEMALE, BROWN / WHITE, CHIHUAHUA SH MIX, 3 yrs
OWNER SUR – EVALUATE, NO HOLD Reason NO TIME
Intake condition UNSPECIFIE Intake Date 11/17/2016, From NY 10039, DueOut Date 11/17/2016,
Medical Behavior Evaluation ORANGE
Medical Summary Microchip: negative Sex: intact female Age: reported 3y Mentation: BARH Eyes: clear Ears: clean Nose: no d/c Teeth: minimal staining If abnormal BCS: WNL Skin: WNL Hair Coat: WNL Declawed: N/A, overgrown, trimmed Any injuries: no Behavior: very fearful but aggresses towards handler and lunges and snaps, resists being held Medication: N/A, preventatives given
A volunteer writes: A tiny speck of a little girl on a big girl bed….She’s scared of course, but as I sat on the edge of her kennel she came forward, then retreated, then came forward again. It was a little game we played until she was comfortable with me petting her and eventually she came into my arms. Surrendered by her person as she simply “didn’t want her anymore”, we’re told that Cici was gentle with the 12 yo child she lived with, ate people food, and is described as shy and mellow. Like most of her breed, Cici can be fearful and wary of people she doesn’t know. She’ll need a patient and experienced person to socialize her and help her feel safe and loved. She allowed me to cuddle and kiss her after a short while, so I hope that in a loving and safe home Cici will learn quickly that people provide love. Let’s give her that chance.
Cici is a spayed 3 year old Chihuahua mix. She was adopted from a family member 2 years ago. Owner stated she simply does not want her dog anymore. Owner stated she has no medical issues and last saw a vet 2 years ago.
Owner stated Cici would bark and lunge at strangers. She lived with a 12 year old child. She was playful with the child and played in a gentle manner with everyone. She has never lived or spent time with other dogs, cats, or any other kind of animal. She has never bitten a person or animal.
Cici poops and pees indoors. She barks at loud or sudden noises. Cici is not bothered if owner touches her food while she is eating but when her 12 year old son touches she barks at him. She is not bothered if a treat of any kind is taken away from her or if a toy is taken away from her. Owner has never trimmed her nails. Cici will bark when someone knocks on the door or if someone unfamiliar approaches her owner.
For a New Family to Know
Cici is described as shy and mellow with a low activity level. Owner stated she barks at woman. She follows the man of the house around when home. She has no toys and does not play. She was kept indoors only and sleeps inside a soft carrier. She was fed human food once a day (chicken or meat). She is not house-trained and goes potty indoors daily. She has never been left alone in a yard or crate trained. Owner stated she does not exercise and she does not walk her.
Behavior during Intake
Cici did not tolerate handling at first; she would growl and try to bite. Once she was picked up and place close to counselor’s chest she relaxed.
Unaltered, Owner Surrender
Previously lived with: Adults, twelve year old child.
Behavior toward children: Playful, gentle with the child she lived with.
Behavior toward dogs: Unknown
Behavior toward cats: Unknown
FG/RG: Will bark if the twelve year old child touches her food, not bothered if treats or toys are taken away from her.
Bite history: None reported
Energy level/descriptors: Shy and mellow with a low activity level
Other notes: Will bark and lunge at strangers. Upon intake Cici did not tolerate handling and was growling and snapping
Look: 2. Dog’s eyes are averted. Her body is a bit tense; her tail is tucked
Sensitivity: 2. Dog stands still and accepts the touch, her eyes are averted, her tail is tucked, mouth closed
Tag: 1. Follows at end of leash, body a bit fearful.
Squeeze 1 / 2: 2. Dog does not pull back paw, trembling
Toy 1. No interest.
Summary: Cici appeared uncomfortable throughout her assessment, displaying fearful body language. We advised a slow/soft approach upon interaction.
When off leash with other dogs Cici does not interact; she stands near a handler throughout the interaction.
During her initial medical exam Cici appeared fearful and was lunging and snapping at the handler.
_X_No children (under 13)
_X_Fearful/potential for defensive aggression (Cici has been observed to display fearful behavior during her stay at our care centers; at times will avoid interaction and shy away from direct-touch. Cici easily startles and is made uncomfortable by loud noises and sudden movement. We cannot be certain if any other behavior is suppressed as a result of this environment. A period of decompression is advised before introduction or exposure to new and unfamiliar situations. Force-free, reward based training is advised.)
_X_Resource guarding (We cannot be certain whether any guarding or possessive behavior may appear in a home environment, but we recommend adopters comfortable with safe management and modification of guarding behavior in case it does.)
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