GECKO – 11356
Safe - 11-18-2017 Manhattan
Hello, my name is Gecko. My animal id is #11356. I am a female black dog at the Manhattan Animal Care Center. The shelter thinks I am about 2 years 1 weeks old.
I came into the shelter as a returns on 07-Nov-2017.
Gecko is at risk due to being diagnosed with Canine Infectious Respiratory Disease Complex which is contagious to other dogs. Gecko will likely require in home care with a course of antibiotics. Gecko should go to an Adult Only home that will allow her to acclimate slowly to his new environment.
Let’s get to know each other a bit more…
A volunteer writes: Did someone order an itty bitty Pittie with extra sugar on the side? Pocket-sized Princess Gecko is here, and she’s ready to show off a personality as adorable as her sweet face, if only you’ll give her a chance. Shy and timid on arrival, Gecko’s come a long way during her time at the Care Center, but she’s still not a dog who immediately snuggles up to strangers. You must go slow and earn her trust with a patient, gentle touch. She’s a great leash walker and trots easily out to the yard, taking the initiative by quickly hopping up onto a bench for petting and attention. While she trembles in my arms, a dash of whispered praise and some light smooches soon earn the reward of snuffly-nosed ear ‘kisses’ and the tiniest of tail wags. From the perky way she greets a female staff member on our return, it’s clear Gecko knows and remembers her friends. She loves treats and will sit on command to gently mouth them from my hand, and her confidence levels seem to soar indoors as she skitters eagerly this way and that to follow the sights and sounds of everything going on around us. Though shyly social when greeting staff and volunteers during her stay with us, she was reported to show some reactivity to strangers in a home environment, so will need an experienced adopter to show her the ropes of good greeting etiquette and offer positive, reward-based training if necessary. Calm and a bit timid when meeting other pups in playgroup, then bouncy and playful once warmed up, she prefers slow introductions to start, but just like with her human friends, Gecko’s ready to roll out the welcome mat as soon as she knows they come in peace. This tiny treasure can’t wait to fill her new forever home with joyful snortling, and her white-slippered paws are ready to pitter-patter their way into your heart as soon as possible. Visit our Manhattan Care Center and fall in love with Gecko today!
My medical notes are…
Weight: 39 lbs
Location: Manhattan, Intake Date: 11/1/17, Intake Type: Stray
Medical Behavior: Blue, Age: 2 years, Sex: Female, Weight: 39 lbs
DVM Intake Exam; Estimated age: 2 years based on dentition and overall appearance; Microchip noted on Intake? Scanned neg – MC placed on intake; History : Stray, tied to a bench, no health hx given; Subjective: Alert, active; Observed Behavior – Timid, ducks away from a hand over her head. When I go slowly, no issues handling her – no growling, lip licking, foot-raising or other signs of fear or aggression; Objective ; BAR-H, MMs pink and moist, BCS 5/9; EENT: Eyes clear, ears clean, no nasal or ocular discharge noted; Oral Exam: Chipped tips of maxillary L and R canines. Scant tartar. PLN: No enlargements noted; H/L: NSR, NMA, CRT < 2, Lungs clear, eupnic; ABD: Non painful, no masses palpated; U/G: Female, developed nipples and vulva but no masses or discharge; MSI: Ambulatory x 4, skin free of parasites, no masses noted, healthy hair coat; CNS: Mentation appropriate – no signs of neurologic abnormalities; Rectal: Normal externally; Assessment: Apparently healthy adult female dog. Prognosis: Excellent; Plan: Spay, placement; SURGERY: Okay for surgery
Details on my behavior are…
Behavior Condition: 2. Blue
Upon intake, Gecko had a wagging tail and loose body. Gecko allowed all handling. Gecko jumped on the admissions counselor and was receptive to petting.
Basic Information:: Gecko is approximately 2 years old and was adopted and returned to MACC after 3 days. She originally arrived to MACC as a stray. She was returned because the previous owner did not have time to train her.
Previously lived with:: 1 adult
How is this dog around strangers?: Her previous owner stated that she was shy around strangers.
How is this dog around children?: The dog was not around children.
How is this dog around other dogs?: The previous owner only had her briefly and did not get to socialize her with other dogs.
How is this dog around cats?: Gecko was not around cats.
Resource guarding:: Gecko did not guard any resource.
Bite history:: Gecko has no bite history.
Energy level/descriptors:: Medium
Other Notes:: The previous owner only had her for 3 days. He did not known how she reacted to loud noises/fireworks.
Medical Notes: The previous owner stated that she was sneezing in the 3 days that he had her for.
For a New Family to Know: The owner described Gecko as independent and friendly
Date of intake:: 11/8/2017
Spay/Neuter status:: No
Means of surrender (length of time in previous home):: Return (in previous home for 4 days)
Behavior toward strangers:: Lunges and growls at them
Other Notes:: While in her previous home, Gecko lunged and growled at the 25-year-old son who came over to visit. Gecko was previously in the care center as a stray, with her finder overnight. The finder reported that Gecko was extremely friendly and social
Date of assessment:: 11/3/2017
Look:: 1. Dog’s eyes are averted, ears are back, tail is down, relaxed body posture. Dog allows head to be held loosely in Assessor’s cupped hands.
Sensitivity:: 2. Dog is active and focused on the Assessor and all other stimuli available. Body is soft, likely panting, likely to display high movement between attempts.
Tag:: 1. Dog assumes play position and joins the game. Or dog indicates play with huffing, soft ‘popping’ of the body, etc. Dog might jump on Assessor once play begins.
Paw squeeze 1:: 1. Dog does not respond at all for three seconds. Eyes are averted and ears are relaxed or back.
Paw squeeze 2:: 1. Dog does not respond at all for three seconds. Eyes are averted and ears are relaxed or back.
Toy:: 1. Dog settles close, keeps a firm grip and is loose and wiggly. Dog does not place his/her body between you and the toy.
Summary:: Gecko was very playful during Tag game, vocalizing and jumping/hopping, body remained soft.
Summary (1):: Gecko is initially fearful when greeting unfamiliar dogs in the care center, though has opened up to engaging playfully with select dogs. Slow introductions are recommended between Gecko and polite dogs. 11/2: When introduced off leash to the male greeter dog, Gecko is fearful and avoids approach completely.
Summary (2):: 11/3: Gecko stays on the bench for the duration of her time in the pen, briefly greeting male and female dogs who approach her.
Date of intake:: 11/1/2017
Summary:: During intake, Gecko was social and allowed all handling.
Date of initial:: 11/1/2017
Summary:: During her initial medical exam, Gecko was timid but allowed handling with a slow approach.
ENERGY LEVEL:: We have no history on Gecko so we cannot be certain of her behavior in a home environment. In the care center, Gecko is initially quiet with low energy, cautious and alert. Once warmed up, Gecko was bouncy and playful high energy. We recommend daily mental and physical activity to keep her engaged and exercised, such as walks, runs, exercise, and play to positively direct her enthusiasm.
IN SHELTER OBSERVATIONS:: Gecko has remained slightly timid while in the shelter environment, oftentimes proving difficult to remove from her kennel. However, she does well with a slow approach and has opened up considerably with handlers.
BEHAVIOR DETERMINATION:: ADULT ONLY HOME
Behavior Asilomar: TM – Treatable-Manageable
Recommendations:: No children (under 13)
Recommendations comments:: Due to Gecko’s reported behavior of lunging and growling at people who enter the home and when on walks, we recommend an adult-only home at this time.
Potential challenges: : Basic manners/poor impulse control,Fearful/potential for defensive aggression,On-leash reactivity/barrier frustration
Potential challenges comments:: Fearful: (1st stay): Gecko is initially timid in new surroundings. She manages her stress well and has not escalated, but does need time to warm up. She will do best with a slow approach, and should be permitted to greet at her own pace and initiate interaction (rather than being approached and pet immediately by a new person). She should not be forced to submit to petting or handling when she is uncomfortable. Gecko would do best with a slow approach, preferably with a toy, and spoken to in a soft, gentle voice. Gecko may playfully vocalize when excited so her adopters should be prepared that she may exhibit grunt/snorts during excited play. (2nd stay): Gecko displays fearful behavior with new people, lunging and growling at them. Because this appears to present a challenge outside of the care centers, guidance from a professional trainer/behaviorist is recommended to assess this behavior and modify/manage as needed. Basic manners/impulse control: Gecko may playfully jump and bounce when excited. It is recommended that default behaviors such as ‘leave it’, ‘sit/stay’, and ‘down’ are reinforced to substitute any frustration and teach her to control her impulses instead of simply reacting. Force-free, reward based training only is recommended. On-leash reactivity/barrier frustration: In her previous home, Gecko was reported to lunge and growl at people while on leash. Gecko may need positive reinforcement, reward-based training to teach her to look at you rather than at other dogs and/or novel stimuli that may startle her. We recommend a front-clip harness or head halter to help manage this behavior.
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