COOKIE – A1108414
RTO SAFE 04/11/17
COOKIE – A1108414
**SAFER : EXPERIENCED HOME / NO CHILDREN**
MALE, WHITE, POODLE MIN MIX, 10 yrs
OWNER SUR – EVALUATE, NO HOLD Reason BITEPEOPLE
Intake condition GERIATRIC Intake Date 04/09/2017, From NY 10040, DueOut Date 04/12/2017
Medical Behavior Evaluation YELLOW
Medical Summary Estimated age: 8-10. Microchip noted on Intake? chipped at intake. o surrender, reported vomited. nervous. snapped repeatedly with medical handling. P = 100 R = wnl BCS 5/9 EENT: OD micro, some crusty d/c. tried to shave fur around eye, but dog began biting clippers–limited success. Oral Exam: halitosis, ddz seen, cannot examine closely. H/L: NSR, NMA, CRT < 2, Lungs clear, eupnic. ABD: Non painful, no masses palpated. U/G: intact 2 testis. MSI: Ambulatory x 4, skin free of parasites, no masses noted, matted, dirty coat. CNS: mentation appropriate – no signs of neurologic abnormalities. Assessment: matted, ddz, micropthalmia. Plan : Prognosis: good, needs grooming, eye may need paralube once placed. SURGERY: Permanent waiver due to age
Cookie is friendly and outgoing towards strangers and will usually approach them for a good sniff or will bark at them. He’s lived with children ages 3 and 12 and is relaxed with them. He doesn’t really play anymore but enjoys sniffing and giving/receiving affection. He has never spent time around other dogs or cats so it’s unknown how he would react. He’s never bitten another animal but has snapped at his owner’s 3 year old when she was pulling on his hair; he didn’t break skin.
During loud noises such as thunderstorms, Cookie is nervous and tries to hide. His owner never tried taking away his food bowl so it’s unknown how he would react but will growl when it’s a toy or treat being taken away. He growls when pulled off of furniture and barks when held from something he wants. Cookie becomes afraid when awoken from his slumber. He struggles and growls when it’s bath time and will growl when brushed. His owner never tried trimming his nails so it’s unknown how he would react. When someone unfamiliar approaches their home, Cookie barks. When that unfamiliar person approached his humans, he isn’t bothered.
Cookie is affectionate, mellow and independent. He has a low activity level and typically hangs out in one spot when his owner is home, under her bed. He enjoys chewing on stuffed animals and is kept mostly indoors. He sleeps under his owner’s bed and is very house-trained. He never has accidents inside and goes outside on the cement. He is well-behaved when left home-alone. He has never crate-trained and knows sit, come, go, and down. He does not get exercise and is only allowed out to go bathroom. He eats meat that his owner makes.
On intake, counselor had owner collar him because she said recently he’s been aggressive and trying to snap a lot (most likely due to him being sick).
KNOWN HISTORY: Full Profile
Unaltered Male, Owner Surrender (length of time in previous home)
Previously lived with: Adults and children (ages three and twelve)
Behavior toward strangers: Friendly and outgoing, barks at them
Behavior toward children: Relaxed but has snapped at the three year old when she was pulled on his fur
Behavior toward dogs: Unknown
Behavior toward cats: Unknown
Resource guarding: Yes, will growl when a treat or toy is taken away
Bite history: None reported
Energy level/descriptors: Cookie is described as affectionate, mellow, and independent with a low activity level.
Other notes: Cookie growls when bathed or brushed. He has recently been snapping at people frequently
Look: 2. Dog is very tense and pulls out of Assessor’s hands each time without settling during three repetitions.
Sensitivity: 2. Dog stands still and accepts the touch, his eyes are averted, his tail is down, body stiff, mouth closed.
Tag: 2. Dog is fearful but unresponsive when touched. Does not follow, focused on exit.
Squeeze 1: 3. Dog closes mouth, becomes stiff.
Flank squeeze 1: 1. Dog does not respond at all.
Flank squeeze 1: 1. Dog does not respond at all.
Toy: 1. No interest.
Summary: Cookie was tense and avoided the assessor in the assessment room. He appeared fearful throughout his assessment.
DOG-DOG INTERACTION ASSESSMENT:
4/11: When introduced off leash to dogs in the care center Cookie is tense and fearful upon approach.
During his initial medical exam, Cookie was tense and snapped. He did not allow handling.
Cookie’s previous owner described him as having a low level of activity.
RECOMMENDATIONS: Experienced adopter, adult-only home (suitable for an adopter with some previous dog experience, especially with behaviors outlined below)
_X_No children (under 13): Due to how uncomfortable Cookie is currently with touch and novel stimuli, we feel that an adult-only home would be most beneficial at this time.
_X_Resource guarding: Cookie is reported to growl if a treat or toy is taken away from him. For this reason we advise against ever removing items from Cookie’s possession without safely trading for an item or greater or equal value. Guidance from a professional trainer/behaviorist is highly recommended to aid in safely managing/modifying this behavior in a new home environment.
_X_Handling/touch sensitivity: Cookie has been noted to become uncomfortable with handling at times, especially when being bathed or brushed. It is important to always go slow and give Cookie the option to walk away from any social interaction. Cookie should never be forced to approach anything that he is uncomfortable with or to submit to petting or handling. It should always be Cookie’s choice to approach a new person or thing. Cookie 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: Cookie is reported to have snapped in his previous home. In the care center, he appears fearful and is not social. We feel he will do best with an adopter prepared to allow him to warm up to new people and new environments slowly. Use of treats and other rewards will help to make new experiences positive.
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