CORA – A1083465
Urgent - Brooklyn
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CORA – A1083465
**A private donor has graciously offered $400 to the New Hope partner that pulls**SAFER : EXPERIENCED HOME / NO OTHER DOGS**
SPAYED FEMALE, BLACK / WHITE,American Pit Bull Terrier and Dutch Shepherd., 6 yrs
OWNER SUR – EVALUATE, HOLD RELEASED Reason PERS PROB
Intake condition EXAM REQ Intake Date 07/30/2016, From NY 11211, DueOut Date 07/30/2016,
Medical Behavior Evaluation BLUE
Medical Summary Scanned PO# 052107059 BARH- Very tense Spayed female Approx 6 years old Eyes, ears and nose- cleaned and clear Teeth- mode staining No parasites or fleas seen Clean coat Ambx4 NOSF
A volunteer updates: It’s been nearly six months since I first met Cora, and the secret is out—she is my favorite dog at the care center! Each week, after a long day of walking and photographing dogs, I consider her my reward for a hard day’s work. I like to think she looks forward to our time together, too. We even have a routine. Once outside, she’s quick to relieve herself. Then it’s play time: she will sit, lay down and even speak on command to get me to throw the ball. She hasn’t slowed down one bit, and will speed after the ball, often catching it mid-air. She drops the ball on command about a foot away from my feet and then nudges it toward me. We play for awhile, and when I sit on the bench, that’s our cue for some cuddle time. She doesn’t drop her ball, rather she gets into my lap (yes, all 65 pounds of her) draping her front paws over my legs, and begs for scratches behind the ear, or will lean to her side for some belly rubs. In fact, she has become so affectionate with me that I often find myself just holding and hugging her, even giving her some kisses on the ears (and no! she still hasn’t dropped that ball…but she would if I asked her). And while I look forward to my Cora “therapy” what would make me happier is to know she’s in a loving home, because while we try to make each dog feel like they’re family, the care center is no substitute for the real thing. Please, ask to meet her today.
A volunteer writes: You’re always told never to “judge a book by it’s cover” but that’s exactly what I did when I met Cora. Don’t get me wrong, she’s quite beautiful, is a good weight, has a pretty coat with unique markings and the soft, greying face of a slightly more “seasoned” dog. But I didn’t remotely expect the athlete that I would encounter when taking her out by the way that she looks! Eager to relieve herself, (she’s very housetrained) I opened the kennel door and she was off to the races, hurtling herself out of the shelter. Once outside, and once she had went potty, she took to a slightly more relaxed speed. That is, until she saw a ball! Cora is truly a competitor. She will run after the ball with the attitude and gusto of a much younger dog. If you toss it into the air she will leap and catch it four or five feet off of the ground. She drops the ball at your feet, will sit and patiently wait until you throw it again to start the game all over. And it’s no surprise since Cora’s former owner tells us that her favorite games are tug and fetch. She has lived with a cat and was tolerant of him, but may give chase to small creatures outside. Though Cora seemed to largely ignore passing dogs while outside on our walk, she may do best in a home with out other dogs as her former owner said she can be reactive toward them. It’s clear that there is way more to Cora than her exterior. Ask to meet her today!
A staff member writes: Cora is a strong female playful amazing dog. She is fun to play with and as loyal as they come. She brighten ups the room and is excellent in the play yard. Cora loves to play fetch and be rubbed. Running with Cora is the great excercise we all need. Come to acc to check this amazing animal in action.
Caro is a 6 year old black female spayed american pitbull terrier and german shepherd mix who is being surrendered because the owner feels he can no longer give her the attention she needs. Cora has been in the home since she was 6 months old.
Cora lived with 2 adults and 2 small children and 1 cat. Cora is receptive and interactive with all family members and enjoys petting. She is tolerant of the cat but they are not social to one another. When the cat is defensive towards Cora she is tolerant and will disengage. When strangers visit she will bark to alert the family and will sniff them and then will go to her space to lay down. She goes on leash walks for exercise and will go to the park at night to play off leash (when there are not other dogs in the park). She is responsive to guidance on leash but she can be unpredicatbly reactive to other dogs with lunging, growling and barking so the owner is vigilant for this and says it may take 40 seconds to regain her attention. Owner reports that she does not direct reactivity towards the leash shoulder. She will also attempt to give chase to cats and small animals. When people approach the owner on the street while on walks she allows the humans to greet and may sniff the other person. Cora is house broken and does not have accidents inside.
Cora is tolerant of a bath but may try to flee and she also gets her teeth brushed by the owner. She enjoys hair brushing. She does not guard her food or toys but may not release a toy for the owner but is not defensive for this and will not attempt to bite. However she may guard her toys from other dogs and may attempt to bite if they are not warded off by growling (no bite within 10 days). She does not mind a bear hug and has been cooperative during vet visits. She is not allowed on the bed or the couch. She may chew on the childrens plastic toys and may swallow the material so she be monitored.
She enjoys playing fetch and tug of war. She knows the cues sit stay and drop. When home alone she likes to be where the family is. She can be easily startled by loud sharp noises. She eats wellness dry food and owner states she likes to graze so it can be left out.
Cora was quiet and still for introduction with a neutral body and posture. Counselor was able to scan for microchip (positive) collar and photograph. Cora was very responsive on leash to guidance but did not seek contact or petting.
Cora previously lived with 2 adults and 2 small children and 1 cat. The owner stated Cora is receptive and interactive with all family members and enjoys petting. The owner mentioned Cora is tolerant of the cat but they are not social to one another, when the cat is defensive towards Cora she is tolerant and will disengage. It was reported by the owner Cora is house broken and when alone she will chew on the children plastic toys and may swallow the material. According to the owner Cora may guard her toys from other dogs and may attempt to bite if they are not warded off by growling. The owner also stated Cora will attempt to give a chase to cats and small animals.
At intake it was reported Cora was quiet with neutral body posture, she did allow all handling. During SAFER Cora came into the assessment room calm and relaxed, she was friendly and social towards he assessor. She allowed all handling items to be conducted without issue. Cora was relaxed during the tag interaction, and during the first paw squeeze item Cora pulled away her paw and barks next flank was applied which she didn’t respond at all. During the resources portion of the assessment Cora was easy to handle when engaged with the item. Cora has displayed reactivity towards other dogs on leash with lunging, growling and barking on her walks. The owner stated Cora was placed into a behavior program for 3 weeks and had limited success; there were both positive and negative re-enforcement techniques. According to owner shock collars were implemented and an obedience component was also included to this program as well which was not successful. Cora may require positive reinforcement behavior modification to make her feel comfortable in the home, so the behavior department feels she can be suitable for an experience adopter and we recommend being the only dog in the home.
Look: 1. Dog holds gaze with soft eyes, soft body. She allows head to be held loosely in Assessor’s cupped hands. Dog holds gaze for three full seconds.
Sensitivity: 2. Dog stands still and accepts the touch, her eyes are averted, her tail is between her legs, body a bit tense with her mouth closed.
Tag: 1. Follows at end of leash, body soft.
Squeeze 1: 3. Dog pulls away her paw a bit tense and barks.
Flank squeeze 1&2: 1. Dog does not respond at all.
Toy: 2. Dog takes toy away, keeps a firm hold. Her body is between you and the toy, and she is loose and wiggly. No growling or stiffness.
ENERGY LEVEL: Cora is an active dog who will need daily mental and physical exercise and stimulation to appropriately direct her energy. We recommend durable, engaging toys as well as puzzle feeders for meals. Cora enjoys fetching her tennis ball as a form of exercise (knows “drop it” command!).
RECOMMENDATIONS: Experienced adopter
_x_Recommend no dog parks
According to Cora’s previous owner, Cora can be unpredictably reactive to other dogs with lunging, growling and barking so the owner is vigilant for this and says it may take 40 seconds to regain her attention.
Cora may not show any warning signs due to the use of shock-collars and punishment style training she received while in the care of her previous owner. The Behavior Department recommends that only positive reinforcement training be implemented to help re-associate other dogs with rewards such as food or praise. She should not be placed in a home with other dogs.
August: When off leash with dogs at the Care Center, Cora greets the other dog displaying neutral body language. She is a bit uncomfortable but is tolerant of the other dog’s greeting as she explores the pen. Cora begins barking at the other dog through the gate so a muzzle is placed on her before being allowed into the pen. Once in the pen, Cora approaches the other dog and begins to sniff him. Without giving any warning signs that she is uncomfortable, Cora very quickly escalates and growls and lunges on top of the other dog. The session is ended.
October-December: Cora begins participating in counter-condition sessions. Cora was given treats when she looked at the other dog and did not show any signs of reaction. She maintained soft body language as the helper dog was systematically moved closer to her. She was food motivated, constantly taking treats, and was able to stay focused on the handler instead of the other dog. She is able to be lead past another dog by using treats and allows the other dog to sniff her rear end. A muzzle was placed on Cora and she was allowed to interact with a helper dog. She is initially tolerant, displaying slightly stiff body language with a prolonged greeting but is able to be led away and take treats.
January-February: Cora is able to be walked past another dog and allows that dog to briefly sniff her rear end.
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