HACHI – 22170
RTO SAFE 03/10/18
HACHI – 22170
Care Center Location: Manhattan, ZIP Code From: 10031, Intake Type: Owner surrender
Medical Behavior: Red , Age: 5 years, Sex: Neutered Male, Weight: 39 lbs
DVM Intake Exam; Estimated age: 5y; Microchip noted on Intake? yes; History : O surrendering p because he bites; Subjective: BARH. O muzzled p before entering intake exam room. P was growling and showing teeth during PE and med handling. Limited PE due to behavior. Observed Behavior -Objective T = P = wnl; R = wnl; BCS 7/9; EENT: Eyes clear, no nasal or ocular discharge noted; Oral Exam: NE due to behavior; PLN: No enlargements noted; H/L: NSR, NMA, Lungs clear, eupnic; ABD: very tense but Non painful, no overt masses palpated; U/G: MN; MSI: Ambulatory x 4, skin free of parasites, healthy hair coat; CNS: Mentation appropriate – no signs of neurologic abnormalities; Rectal: NE due to behavior; Assessment: apparently healthy; Prognosis: good; Plan: ctm at MACC until transfer/adoption; needs behavior assessment; SURGERY: neutered
Let’s get to know each other a bit more…
Basic Information: Hachi is a 5 year old medium mixed breed neutered male. Owners had him since a puppy. He saw a vet 2 months ago for a general checkup.
Previously lived with: 3 adults
How is this dog around strangers? Hachi will growl an snap if strangers get too close to him while in the owners home.
How is this dog around children? He has been around older children and is playful with them. He will jump on them but the owners do not allow too much interaction.
How is this dog around other dogs? He has never been around dogs so behavior is unknown.
How is this dog around cats? He has never been around cats so behavior is unknown.
Resource guarding: Hachi will growl and snap if a bone, toy, picking up and holding, or being disturbed out of his sleep. He isn’t bothered if the owner touches his food bowl. It is unknown with bath time. He isn’t bothered with brushing of coat or trimming of nails. It is unknown with unfamiliar approaches on the street.
Bite history: Hachi has bit 3 other times breaking skin. They were all inside the owners home. The last bite history was the most recent one. The 3 others happened throughout the 2017 year.
1. Owners mom was petting Hachi on his head when Hachi growled and bit her hand and was washed at home. He retreated and released right away.
2. Owners dad’s friend was petting him on his head when Hachi growled and bit his hand and was washed at home. He retreated and released right away.
3. Owners dad Nelson was taking something away that was next to Hachi. Hachi jumped up bit him in nose broke skin and Nelson went to the emergency room and needed stitches.
Energy level/descriptors: high
Other Notes: Owners behavior concerns are anxious when left alone and barks too much. He isn’t bothered with storms or fireworks.
Has this dog ever had any medical issues? No
For a New Family to Know: Owner described him as excitable. His favorite activities is to eat. He likes all toys. He sleeps on the couch. He eats dry food beneful. He barks when left alone in the house but is well behaved. He has been crate trained but doesn’t do well. He knows sit, come, down, and give paw. He pulls lightly on leash. Owner has never had him off leash.
Behavior Notes: Counselor did not do any interaction with Hachi due to all the multiple bite histories. Hachi was calm but will side eye whenever counselor looked at him. The owner collared and helped with intake photo.
Details on my behavior are…
Date of assessment: 7-Mar-2018
Summary: Hachi growls and snaps at people who approach him at the care center. This, combined with his multiple bite history, make him not a good candidate for a handling assessment at this time. Please see his owner surrender profile for a full summary of his behavior in his previous home.
Date of intake: 5-Mar-2018
Summary: Hachi was not handled due to behavior.
Date of initial: 5-Mar-2018
Summary: Hachi was growlign and showing teeth, a limited exam was performed.
ENERGY LEVEL: Hachi’s previous owner described him as having a high level of activity. We recommend long-lasting chews, food puzzles, and hide-and-seek games, in additional to physical exercise, to positively direct his energy and enthusiasm.
BEHAVIOR DETERMINATION: NEW HOPE ONLY
Behavior Asilomar: TM – Treatable-Manageable
Recommendations: No children (under 13), Place with a New Hope partner
Recommendations comments: No children: Due to Hachi’s multiple bite history and the severity of one of the bites, we recommend an adult only home.
Place with a New Hope partner: Due to Hachi’s multiple bite history and the severity of one of the bites, 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.
Potential challenges:Resource guarding, Handling/touch sensitivity, Fearful/potential for defensive aggression, Multiple-bite history/risk of future aggression
Potential challenges comments: Resource guarding: Hachi is reported to growl and snap if a bone or toy he has is touched. He has bitten someone when something near him was moved. For this reason, we advise against ever removing items from Hachi’s possession without safely trading for an item or greater or equal value. Guidance from a professional trainer/behaviorist is highly recommended to aid in safely managing/modifying this behavior in a new home environment.
Handling/touch sensitivity: Hachi is reported to growl and snap when he is picked up or held. It is important to avoid picking up or holding Hachi at this time and to be cautious when touching him in other areas as we do not know where he may have other sensitivities. Positive reinforcement, reward based training should be used to pair touch with good things such as food rewards in order to teach Hachi to be more comfortable with this.
Multiple-bite history/risk of future aggression: Hachi has displayed a potential for defensive aggression and has bitten multiple times.
Guidance from a professional trainer/behaviorist is recommended to assess behavior after decompression in a new home environment. Force-free, reward based training is advised when introducing or exposing Hachi to new and unfamiliar situations.
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