HAPP – 9565
RTO SAFE 10/16/17
Hello, my name is Happ. My animal id is #9565. I am a male white merle dog at the Brooklyn Animal Care Center. The shelter thinks i am about 10 years old.
I came into the shelter as a stray on 12-Oct-2017.
Let’s get to know each other a bit more…
Happ 9565 is at risk with a New Hope Only determination. Happ remains highly fearful in the care center and allows minimal handling; a SAFER assessment could not be performed at this time.
My medical notes are…
Weight: 34.6 lbs
Details on my behavior are…
Date of assessment: 14-Oct-2017 Toy: 1. No interest. Summary: Happ is difficult to remove from the kennel, very fearful and pancakes to the floor. He appears to be uncomfortable or afraid of the slip lead. He has also allowed minimal handling from her caretakers. Happ usually stay to himself, avoids interaction with staff members and other dogs in the care center. When attempting to coax him he will distance himself and when trying to pet him, he is very jumpy and timid. Out of concern for his stress levels and his response to restraint, we feel Happ is not a great candidate for a handling assessment at this time. Summary (1): Happ was surrender as a stray so his past behavior with other dogs is unknown. 10/13: When off leash at the Care Center, Happ is nervous- displaying a tuck tail and whale eyes. The greeter dog’s leash is held to give him a chance to approach but he chooses to keep his distance. When the greeter sniff his rear, he immediately tucks it and moves away. 10/14: In a group of calm male and female dogs, Happ displays raised hackles and lip curls when another male dogs sniffs him. As his session continues, he becomes sexually motivated, and attempts to sniff the novel female dogs’s genitals. He briefly stops when she offers him an appropriate correction. 10/15: Happ greets a group of small male and female dogs with a soft body before exploring the pens. He is much more relaxed interacting with smaller dogs. Date of intake: 12-Oct-2017 Summary: Calm but a bit fearful and allowed all handling. Date of initial: 13-Oct-2017 Summary: Sweet but tense, whale eyes and nervous. ENERGY LEVEL: Happ displays a low activity level in the care center. BEHAVIOR DETERMINATION: NEW HOPE ONLY Behavior Asilomar TM – Treatable-Manageable Recommendations: No children (under 13) Place with a New Hope partner Recommendations comments: New Hope: Happ 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. Potential challenges: Handling/touch sensitivity Fearful Potential challenges comments: Handling/touch sensitivity: Happ has been noted to become uncomfortable with handling at times, especially when a person is reaching over him. It is important to always go slow and give Happ the option to walk away from any social interaction. Happ should never be forced to approach anything that he is uncomfortable with or to submit to petting or handling. It should always be Happâ€™s choice to approach a new person or thing. Happ may do best in an initially calm and quiet home environment and should be given time to acclimate to his new surroundings. Fearful: Happ has shown high levels of fear in the care center in each interaction, though he manages his stress well and has not escalated to warning signs. He needs a very slow approach and the ability to warm up to new people and new environments at his own pace. Happ should be permitted to initiate interactions and solicit attention when he feels comfortable, rather than being forced to interact.
10/14 New Hope Only
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