BEAR aka HUEY – A1107287
RTO SAFE 04/01/17
BEAR aka HUEY – A1107287
**SAFER : EXPERIENCED HOME / NO YOUNG CHILDREN**
MALE, BLACK / WHITE, MASTIFF / LABRADOR RETR, 1 yr
STRAY – STRAY WAIT, NO HOLD Reason ABANDON
Intake condition UNSPECIFIE Intake Date 03/28/2017, From NY 10304, DueOut Date 03/31/2017
Medical Behavior Evaluation GREEN
Medical Summary stray, friendly, microchip scan negative BCS 5/9 EENT: Eyes clear, AU- swollen, erythema, large amount of dark brown debris, no nasal discharge noted Oral Exam: minimal dental calc PLN: No enlargements noted H/L: NSR, NMA, CRT < 2, Lungs clear, eupneic ABD: Non painful, no masses palpated U/G: MI, 2 descended testicles MSI: Ambulatory x 4, skin free of parasites, no masses noted, thin hair coat at pinnae CNS: mentation appropriate – no signs of neurologic abnormalities Assessment Approx 1 yo MI Mixed breed dog severe otitis externa Plan applied osnuria AU, repeat in 7 days
3/30/17 : recheck eyes, observed today in the yard that he could not see someone approx 8 feet away. microchip scan negative. BCS 5/9. EENT: Eyes clear, AU- swollen, erythema, large amount of dark brown debris, no nasal discharge noted. Oral Exam: minimal dental calc. PLN: No enlargements noted. H/L: NSR, NMA, CRT < 2, Lungs clear, eupneic. ABD: Non painful, no masses palpated. U/G: MI, 2 descended testicles. MSI: Ambulatory x 4, skin free of parasites, no masses noted, thin hair coat at pinnae. CNS: mentation appropriate – no signs of neurologic abnormalities. Assessment Approx 1 yo MI Mixed breed dog, severe otitis externa, strabismus- R/O congenital vs trauma vs vestibular disease vs other, visual impairment at far distances. Plan : monitor for development of any additional clinical signs or worsening of condition, if persists, consider consult with ophthalmologist.
KNOWN HISTORY: Limited profile
Unaltered male, stray
Previously lived with: 3 cats
Behavior toward strangers: social with finder
Behavior toward cats: relaxed with three resident cats
Other notes: Huey was found in a vacant apartment with three resident cats. He was social upon intake and allowed all handling.
Look: 1. Dog’s eyes are averted. His ears are back, his tail is down, and he has a relaxed body posture. Dog allows head to be held loosely in Assessor’s cupped hands.
Sensitivity: 1. Dog leans into the Assessor, tail wag, body soft, mouth closed
Tag: 2. Due to limited vision, Tag portion of assessment was modified. Dog is not fearful, but is unresponsive to the Assessor. He is focused on stimuli other than the Assessor.
Squeeze 1 / 2: 2. Dog gently places his open mouth over the Assessor’s hand without applying pressure.
Toy 1: 1. Dog settles close, keeps a firm grip and is loose and wiggly but became fearful of approaching assess-a-hand, this may be due to not being able to see the hand until right in front of him..
Summary: Huey was easy to place in and out of kennel, walks nicely. He is most comfortable close to handler due to limited vision.
3/30: When off leash with dogs at the Care Center, Huey displays soft body language when greeting male and female dogs. He solicits and engages in gentle, mouthy play and listens to correction from a female dog when engaging in higher energy play that was outside her comfort zone. When a dog displays body language indicating that he does not wish to engage in play with Huey, Huey continues to solicit play. He may be unable to accurately see the other dog’s body language due to his poor eye sight regarding distance.
During his initial medical exam, Huey allowed all handling.
We have no history on Huey so we cannot be certain of his behavior in a home environment. Huey is a young, enthusiastic, social dog. Huey will need daily mental and physical activity to keep him engaged and exercised.
RECOMMENDATIONS: Experience (suitable for a adopter with some previous dog experience, especially with behaviors outlined below.
_X_No young children (under 5) – Due to Huey’s limited vision, he may flinch with quick movements. We feel he may be intimidated by the fast pace of young children. Older, calmer, dog-savvy children can be considered pending adoption. Huey may do best in a structured routine so he knows what to expect.
_X_Mouthiness/Poor bite inhibition – When off leash, Huey shows a fairly low threshold for arousal and quickness to use his mouth. Due to limited vision to up-close only, he appears a bit disoriented with running play in an open space, body always remained soft and wiggly but may jump up and mouth with pressure. Huey may do best being walked so he is guided and can relax in unknown places. He may need guidance to learn how to appropriately channel energy when he becomes overstimulated by learning default behaviors such as “sit”, “stay”, and “down” to substitute any frustration and teach him to control his impulses instead of simply reacting. Force-free, reward based training only is recommended.
_X_Leash-biting – Huey may grab the leash with his mouth when it is presented in front of him. He may benefit from being walked on a harness to avoid anything suddenly coming into his line of vision.
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