HIPPIE – 20410
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Hello, my name is Hippie. My animal id is #20410. I am a male gray dog at the Manhattan Animal Care Center. The shelter thinks I am about 3 years 1 weeks old.
I came into the shelter as a owner surrender – aco on 10-Feb-2018, with the surrender reason stated as person health – debilitating injuries.
Hippie is at risk for medical reasons, having been diagnosed with Canine Infectious Respiratory Disease Complex, which is contagious to other dogs. Behaviorally, we have no concerns for Hippie, whom we believe would be suitable for most homes.
Let’s get to know each other a bit more…
A volunteer writes: My absolute favorite part of the of the information left with us by Hippie’s former owner is that “he slept with his plush toy frog and blanket at night like a baby”. Can you picture it? Can we get a chorus of awwwwwws? Hippie lived with 2 adults and one 8 year old child with whom he was playful, is great with female dogs, but because he was attacked by a male when he was a puppy, is not great with the boys. We’ve seen that in our playgroup, where he’s fine with the girls, not so much with males. We’re told he’s housetrained (check), friendly to all (check) and doesn’t guard his stuff. Hippie is a lover of all treats, sweeping them gently from my hand, pulls slightly on the leash from time to time (but that’s more about his little happy bounces as we walk). His tail never stops wagging, his mushy face and soft eyes are heart melting. ‘What’s not to love?, as my mother would say. A sweet blockhead, shrink-wrapped in a grey coat, Mr. Hippie has already stolen hearts from everyone he’s met. Hippie is at that PERFECT age, over the puppy crazies and ready to just have some easy fun. His perfect ear to ear grin is contagious, you’ll see! Easy to be with, Hippie was fine with being tethered for photos (I have hundreds!), and was the perfect start to my day. Let him be the perfect start and end, and everywhere in the middle, to your day, lucky adopter, by asking to meet him when you visit.
My medical notes are…
Weight: 68.125 lbs
Details on my behavior are…
Behavior Condition: 2. Blue
Date of intake:: 2/10/2018
Spay/Neuter status:: No
Means of surrender (length of time in previous home):: Owner Surrender
Date of assessment:: 2/12/2018
Look:: 1. Dog’s eyes are averted, with tail wagging and ears back. Allows head to be held loosely in Assessor’s cupped hands.
Sensitivity:: 1. Dog leans into the Assessor, eyes soft or squinty, soft and loose body, open mouth.
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:: 2. Dog quickly pulls back.
Paw squeeze 2:: 2. Dog quickly pull back.
Flank squeeze 1:: Item not conducted
Flank squeeze 2:: Item not conducted
Toy:: 1. Minimal interest in toy, dog may smell or lick, then turns away.
Summary:: Hippie quickly approached the assessor in the assessment room and jumped up in a social manner. He remained social throughout the assessment, allowed all handling, and displayed no concerning behaviors.
Summary:: Based on behavior observed in the care center, only slow introductions are recommended to highly tolerant female dogs. He has been observed to mostly make attempts to mount female dogs during interaction, and it is unknown how this behavior may translate outside of the care center. Hippie appeared tense and growled when greeting a male dog in the care center. The behavior department advises against introducing Hippie to other male dogs at this time.
Summary (1):: 2/12: When introduced off leash to the female greeter dog, Hippie greets briefly by sniffing, then follows and attempts to mount.
Summary (2):: 2/13: Hippie follows and attempts to mount the female helper dog. He ignores play when it is solicited.
Summary (3):: 2/14: Hippie becomes tense, growls upon greeting another male dog through the fence.
Date of initial:: 2/10/2018
Summary:: Hippie was tense and whale eyed at times but allowed handling.
ENERGY LEVEL:: We have no history on Hippie so we cannot be certain of his behavior in a home environment. However, he is a young, enthusiastic, social dog who will need daily mental and physical activity to keep him engaged and exercised. We recommend long-lasting chews, food puzzles, and hide-and-seek games, in additional to physical exercise, to positively direct his energy and enthusiasm.
IN SHELTER OBSERVATIONS:: Hippie consistently displays highly social behavior with his human caretakers outside of his kennel. In Kennel, he may display some anxious behavior, but will engage with his care takers, taking treats and soliciting attention.
BEHAVIOR DETERMINATION:: AVERAGE (suitable for an adopter with an average amount of dog experience)
Behavior Asilomar: H – Healthy
Recommendations:: Recommend no dog parks
Recommendations comments:: No dog parks: Due to apparent selectivity when interacting with dogs (growls, stiffens when greeting other males), dog park settings are not recommended for Hippie.
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