FIG – A1099418
Safe - 12-20-2016 Manhattan
FIG – A1099418
**SAFER : EXPERIENCED HOME / NO YOUNG CHILDREN**
MALE, BLACK / BROWN, GERM SHEPHERD MIX, 5 yrs
STRAY – STRAY WAIT, NO HOLD Reason STRAY
Intake condition EXAM REQ Intake Date 12/11/2016, From NY 10024, DueOut Date 12/14/2016
Medical Behavior Evaluation No Initial Behavior
Medical Summary No Initial Exam
A volunteer writes: So quiet in his kennel all day, Fig finally stood up letting me know he needed a walk. Easily leashed out we go so that Fig can use the ‘facilities’ outside. I originally thought he might be older than his estimated 5 years old as his muzzle is white, but perhaps his white muzzle matches the white socks on his toes….a perfectly coordinated color ensemble to his lush reddish brown coat. Fig – what a perfect name – color wise and personality wise. Soft but not mushy, sweet and a bit savory all at the same time….Fig has lovely leash manners, his coat is soft and lush, he takes treats gently and although he was busy overseeing all the activity in the driveway, he joined me on the bench for a quick hug and kiss before jumping back down in order not to miss anything. Not bothered when other dogs barked at him, Fig keeps his own counsel ignoring dogs of all sizes as we walk. Quiet, sweet, gentle and easy, Fig isn’t asking for much other than a new home and people to love. He’s compact, svelte, handsome and well behaved. Loving him should be easy, shouldn’t it? Come meet him today.
KNOWN HISTORY: N/A
Other notes: Upon intake Fig was receptive to all handling.
Look: 2. Dog pulls out of Assessor’s hands each time without settling during three repetitions. Dog’s head is very stiff.
Sensitivity: 2. Dog stands still and accepts the touch, his eyes are averted, his tail is between his legs, body stiff, mouth closed.
Tag: 2. Dog is fearful but unresponsive when touched. He is focused on the exit.
Squeeze 1: 1. Dog does not respond at all for three seconds.
Squeeze 2: 1. Dog does not respond at all for three seconds.
Toy: 1. No interest.
Summary: Fig was stiff and fearful throughout his assessment, he may do best upon a slow/soft approach. Force-free, reward based training is advised when introducing/exposing Fig to new and unfamiliar situations.
12/14: When introduced off leash to another dog in the care center, Fig offers very brief greeting. Otherwise, he keeps to himself during the remainder of the interaction.
12/15: Fig is polite and tolerant in a group of calm small and large dogs.
During his initial medical exam Fig appeared very nervous and tense.
RECOMMENDATIONS: Experience (Suitable for an adopter with a previous amount of dog experience)
_X_No young children (under 5)
_X_Fearful/potential for defensive aggression (The behavior department recommends allowing Fig to approach his potential new adopters at his own pace. Fig appears to easily startle upon loud noises/sudden movements, for this reason we advise against a home with young children at this time. Force-free, reward based training is advised when introducing/exposing Fig to new and unfamiliar situations.)
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