DEAN – A1112987
Safe - 8-6-2017 Manhattan
My name is DEAN. My Animal ID # is A1112987.
I am a male white and brown am pit bull ter mix. The shelter thinks I am about 1 YEAR 1 MONTH old.
I came in the shelter as a STRAY on 05/24/2017 from NY 10466, owner surrender reason stated was STRAY.
06/01/2017 AT RISK MEMO
Dean A1112987 is at risk for behavior challenges in the care center. He has become frustrated with being kenneled and is mouthy in his interactions with his handlers. This mouthiness has shown good potential for modification with positive reinforcement techniques.
MOST RECENT MEDICAL INFORMATION AND WEIGHT
05/30/2017 Exam Type RE-EXAM – Medical Rating is 2 NC – MINOR CONDITIONS NOT CONTAGIOUS, Behavior Rating is NONE, Weight 55.6 LBS.
05/30/17 10:05 Recheck skin + neuter sx check Hx of a hot spot/crusting dermatitis at right shoulder with other focal spots of dermatitis, poss. underlying allergies S/O: BARH – no nasal d/c, mild cough when pulling hard on leash – right shoulder skin lesion healing well – no crusting, no discharge – large section of alopecia remains – other skin lesions appear to be healing as well — caudal abd/prescrotal region clear and ok for neuter sx A: resolving dermatitis +/- underlying allergies – ok for neuter P: cont. treatment and recheck px: good
05/24/2017 PET PROFILE MEMO
05/24/17 11:51 Upon intake Breeze allows belly rubs, petting by staff and officers. He was loose body as well. He scanned negative for a microchip and allowed all handling.
05/25/2017 WEB MEMO
A volunteer writes: I may never have heard 1 year-old Dean sing. I’ve never seen him act nor deliver a rib-cracking joke. But without a doubt our Dean is the “King of Cool” just like his namesake, effortlessly charismatic and endlessly entertaining. Of course stars aren’t born in a day and Dean as of this moment is still finding his Great White way. He’s a bit shy and nervous at first (stage fright) but after some time to adjust and shake off those jitters he begins to come out of his shell. Our Dean has all the makings of a Class A crooner. He is gorgeous in his soft, snowy coat and looking into his eyes you can’t help but hear a love song play. He is soulful and sweet, sensitive and bright, and did I mention those eyes? Sorry. I lost myself again. Towards the end of our time together Dean begins to find his footing (choreography) and promptly throws his legs on top of my lap and rolls over for a rub. And while I rub and he wiggles, I giggle and he plays, the sun sets behind us like a spotlight coming down. Dean is looking for a home all his own, a bed that’s just his, and a “pack” he’ll know for life. Catch this rising star today before you’re lining up for autographs. Dean is waiting in adoptions at Manhattan ACC.
05/28/2017 BEHAVIOR EVALUATION – EXPERIENCE
Exam Type BEHAVIOR
KNOWN HISTORY: None 5/24/17 Unaltered Male,Stray SAFER ASSESSMENT: Date of assessment 5/26/2017 Look: 1. Dog’s eyes are averted, with tail wagging and ears back, open mouth. He allows head to be held loosely in Assessor’s cupped hands. Sensitivity: 2. Dog stands still and accepts the touch, his eyes are averted, open mouth pant, ears back, lip lick, body soft. Tag: 1. Dog assumes play position and joins the game, indicates play with running jumping, body soft Squeeze 1 / 2: 1. Dog does not respond at all for three seconds. His eyes are averted and his ears are relaxed Toy 1: 1. Dog playfully engages, keeps a firm grip with paw, body loose. He does not place his body between you and the toy. Summary: Dean displayed high energy and movement throughout his handling assessment, body soft. PLAYGROUP: Dean is polite and tolerant during interactions with female dogs in the care center. He has displayed the potential to attempt to mount select female dogs. He is tolerant of playful behavior but has not engaged fully in play. Dean has not yet been introduced to a male dog while in our care. The behavior department recommends slow introductions to respectful, tolerant dogs. MEDICAL BEHAVIOR: 5/24/17 During his initial medical exam Dean allowed all handling ENERGY LEVEL: We have no history on Dean so we cannot be certain of his behavior in a home environment. In the care center he has been active and enthusiastic. He may have a low threshold for arousal and needs guidance to learn how to appropriately channel that energy when he becomes overstimulated. He will need daily mental and physical stimulation and exercise, and a force-free, positive reinforcement-based training class may help him to learn impulse control and to train desirable behaviors that can be rewarded. IN SHELTER OBSERVATIONS: In the care center, Dean has been observed to mouth people and jump up when excited. He has responded well to training where undesirable behavior is ignored and alternate behaviors rewarded, but we are concerned with his mouthiness through the kennel bars and feel he should leave the kennel environment quickly.
RECOMMENDATIONS: Experience (suitable for an adopter with some previous dog experience, especially with behaviors outlined below) _X_No young children (under 5): Due to the jumping and mouthiness Dean has shown at the care center, we recommend a home without young children. Older children who are comfortable with large dogs should have an in depth interaction prior to adoption. Potential challenges: _X_Basic manners/Poor impulse control: It is recommended that default behaviors such as “Leave it”, “Sit/Stay”, “Down” are reinforced to substitute any frustration and teach him to control his impulses instead of simply reacting; proper management is also advised. Force-free, reward based training only is recommended. _X_Mouthiness/Poor bite inhibition: Dean has shown some mouthiness in the care center. Little pressure is applied, but this is a behavior that should be extinguished through training alternate behaviors and lack of reward (ex. walking away whenever Dean’s teeth make contact with skin).
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