FRANCOIS – A1109969
Safe - 4-27-2017 Manhattan
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FRANCOIS – A1109969
**SAFER: NEW HOPE ONLY**
MALE, BLACK / TRICOLOR, CHIHUAHUA SH MIX, 3 yrs
STRAY – STRAYAVAI, NO HOLD Reason STRAY
Intake condition EXAM REQ Intake Date 04/24/2017, From NY 10473, DueOut Date 04/27/2017
Medical Behavior Evaluation YELLOW
Medical Summary DVM Intake Exam Estimated age: 3 years History : brought in as a stray Subjective: BAR Observed Behavior – shy/nervous; cowers when approached, lunges when trying to restrain; does better if you go slowly and let him warm up Objective T =not taken P = WNL R =WNL BCS 5/9 EENT: Eyes clear, no nasal discharge noted; did not perform full aural exam due to temperament Oral Exam: mm pk/pigmented, moist; mod tartar with mild staining on teeth PLN: No enlargements noted H/L: NSR, NMA, CRT < 2, Lungs clear, eupnic ABD: Non painful, no masses palpated U/G: male intact, 2 normal descended testicles MSI: Ambulatory x 4, no lameness noted; unable to extend hindlimbs due to temperament but no obvious ortho dz; skin free of parasites, no masses noted, healthy hair coat CNS: mentation appropriate – no signs of neurologic abnormalities Assessment Healthy young adult Plan rec’d positive reinforcement behavioral modification Prognosis:excellent SURGERY: Okay for surgery
A volunteer writes: Francois is so cute and petite that I put at first a pink scarf around his neck. I removed it quickly when I saw him doing his business. Francois is a wary and shaky little Chihuahua…what’s new??? They often come that way in an environment that is not familiar to them, and Francois is no exception. He let me leash him without any problem, walked nicely around the block. Such a tiny thing..I was afraid to loose him. In the yard, after a bit of convincing, Francois let me caress him. He even came with his forelegs onto my lap to get treats. He was not ready yet for the arms or a major petting session. This is our next step before, I hope, a very soon leap into a new home and with a new owner or family. Francois is at the Manhattan Care Center, dreaming to be yours.
KNOWN HISTORY: None
Unaltered Female, Stray
SAFER ASSESSMENT: 4/26/17
Look: 3. Dog pulls out of Assessor’s hands each time without settling during three repetitions. He is tense and struggling to get away.
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. Focused on exit.
Squeeze 1: 5. Dog snaps when his collar is touched for positioning.
Toy: 1. Minimal interest, dog sniffs toy.
Summary: Francois was fearful throughout his assessment, avoiding the assessor, trying to get away, body tense, and tail tucked. He snapped when his collar was touched to position him for squeeze.
DOG-DOG INTERACTION ASSESSMENT:
4/26: When off leash with other dogs, Francois will greet politely then wander the pen.
4/27: Francois continues to offer polite greetings.
MEDICAL BEHAVIOR: 4/25/17
During his initial medical exam Francois was tense.
We have no history on Francois so we cannot be certain of his behavior in a home environment. In the care center, he displays a medium level of activity.
RECOMMENDATIONS: New Hope Only
__No young children (under 5)
_X_No children (under 13): Due to how uncomfortable Francois is currently with touch and novel stimuli, we feel that an adult-only home would be most beneficial at this time.
_X_Place with a New Hope partner: Francois 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: Francois gives clear warnings when he is uncomfortable and does seem to choose to avoid or retreat when given the opportunity, but if prevented from moving away he has shown he will escalate to higher-level warning behaviors and possible fear-based aggression. It is important to move slowly with Francois, to build positive associations (treats/toys/praise), and to allow Francois to initiate interactions with new people. He should never be forced to greet or to interact if he is not comfortable and soliciting attention.
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