CLARA – A1113306
Safe - 6-2-2017 Manhattan
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CLARA – A1113306
**SAFER: NEW HOPE ONLY**
SPAYED FEMALE, TAN / BROWN, CHIHUAHUA LH MIX, 5 yrs
OWNER SUR – STRAY WAIT, NO HOLD Reason STRAY
Intake condition UNSPECIFIE Intake Date 05/26/2017, From NY 11378, DueOut Date 05/29/2017
Medical Behavior Evaluation ORANGE
Medical Summary Microchip: negative, placed 981020021169624 Sex: spayed female Age: reported 5y Mentation: BARH Eyes: clear, tear staining Ears: clean Nose: no d/c Teeth: mild staining If abnormal BCS: obese, 7/9 Skin: WNL Hair Coat: some mats, dull Declawed: N/A, overgrown, trimmed but quick must recede Any injuries: no Behavior: fearful and tense, snaps and growls when approached, allows toweling but struggles if lifted, possibly painful over kidney area Medication: N/A, preventatives given
Clara is shy around strangers at first and will typically growl and bark but once the person starts petting her she warms up. She lives with children ages 11 months and 3 years and growls and snaps at them. She plays gently with adults and doesn’t play with the children. She is relaxed and playful with dogs she meets on the street but has never spent time around cats so it’s unknown how she would react. She has never bitten another animal or human but has snapped at her owner’s children when they go to touch her.
Clara is nervous during loud noises and goes to hide in her owner’s bedroom. Her owner never took away her food bowl so it’s unknown how she would react but she isn’t bothered when it’s a bone being taken away. She thinks her owner is trying to play when it’s a toy being taken. She has never been pulled off of furniture and will get down once told to. She isn’t bothered when restrained from something she wants or when awoken from her slumber. Clara tolerates baths, brushing, and nail trimming but as of the last four months tries to snap during the process. She barks when someone approaches her home and will growl when they walk in. She then warms up to them in no time. She barks when someone unfamiliar approaches her humans.
Clara is friendly, affectionate, playful, and excitable. She has a medium activity level and when she’s ready to play enjoys fetch with balls, chewing on stuffed animals and bones, and wrestling with her humans. When her owner is home, she usually hangs in her favorite spot on her doggy bed in the corner of the living room. She’s been kept mostly indoors (especially for the last 11 months) and sleeps on her owner’s bed or on her doggy bed. She is very house-trained and always goes potty outside or on her weewee pads. She is well-behaved when left home alone but will sometimes get her teeth on shoes that are left out. She has never been crate-trained but knows sit, down, and get down. She enjoys brisk walks on leash and doesn’t pull. She eats Pedigree dry food, a handfull, 3-4 times a day. She loves chicken and steak.
KNOWN HISTORY: Limited Profile
Unaltered Female, Owner Surrender (In previous home for four years)
Behavior toward children: Fractious
Summary: When in the assessment room, Clara bared teeth when the assessor attempted to collar her. A handling assessment could not be conducted.
Clara was unable to be safely collared of off leash introduction. When attempt is made to introduce to another dog on-leash, Clara does not display interest in approach or greeting.
INTAKE BEHAVIOR: 5/26/17
During intake, Clara did not allow handling.
MEDICAL BEHAVIOR: 5/27/17
During her initial medical exam, Clara was growling and snapping.
We have no history on Clara so we cannot be certain of her behavior in a home environment. In the care center, she displays a low-medium level of activity.
RECOMMENDATIONS: New Hope Only
_X_No children (under 13): Due to how uncomfortable Clara is currently with touch and novel stimuli, and her owner’s report that she is fractious with children, we feel that an adult-only home would be most beneficial at this time.
_X_Place with a New Hope partner: Clara has not acclimated well to the kennel environment and has allowed only minimal handling since intake. We recommend placement with a New Hope partner who can provide any necessary behavior modification (force-free, positive reinforcement-based) and re-evaluate behavior in a stable home environment before placement into a permanent home.
_X_Fearful/potential for defensive aggression: Clara has displayed fearful behavior in shelter, she displays no social behavior towards handlers and attempts to increase distance and avoid contact, growling when she cannot avoid contact. It is important to always go slow and give Clara the option to walk away from any social interaction. Clara should never be forced to approach anything that she is uncomfortable with or to submit to petting or handling. It should always be Clara’s choice to approach a new person or thing. Bobby would do best in an initially calm and quiet home environment and should be given time to acclimate to her new surroundings.
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