CHICO aka HUGS – A1117460
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CHICO aka HUGS – A1117460
**SAFER : EXPERIENCED HOME / NO YOUNG CHILDREN**
NEUTERED MALE, BLACK / WHITE, PIT BULL MIX, 4 yrs
STRAY – STRAYAVAI, NO HOLD Reason STRAY
Intake condition EXAM REQ Intake Date 07/04/2017, From NY 11211, DueOut Date 07/08/2017
Medical Behavior Evaluation GREEN
Medical Summary BARH scan negative neutered male allows handling appx 4 yrs old mild tartar clean EEN clean coat overweight, BCS 7/9 NOSF
A Volunteer writes : A big black dog in a kennel…But his name is HUGS….His dark amber eyes look gently at me. His tail wags. He even sits as I ask. It’s a go…Hugs is leashed easily and as not expected, walks very nicely around the block(he is not treating me like a kite), not forgetting to do his business on the way. Few dogs are met . Hugs is cool with them. In playgroups with his peers, he plays softly with males and females while sometimes hopping on a bench to take a rest from the crowd . Being free in a pen is to his like. He is a bit stressed and not so interested in my treats. The sight of the ball excites him but he sits patiently for it, his face beaming and full of expectation. Hugs runs for the tennis ball, catches it and then lets go. He does not mind me caressing him while he chews on it. Hugs is quite a friendly and sociable character who likes the company of people and dogs alike. Big black dogs are often overlooked . Their size and darkness trump our mind into thinking they are not the loving, gentle and loyal pet we are looking for to brighten our lives. A dog is a dog. They are only different by their ages and breeds. Their heart speaks the same language. They are the man(woman) best friend. Hugs is waiting for you at the Manhattan Care Center, hoping to be your four legged friend…for ever.
Another volunteer writes: I LOVE having a gorgeous escort, and Hugs was a perfect companion for a walk to the park. Not only is he stunning in his gleaming coat, he’s lovely on leash, knows ‘sit’ and ‘paw’ (both with a little coaxing as I’m probably not saying it the way he’s used to), enjoys treats and gives delicious kisses. It started to rain so Hugs and I hunkered down to wait it out – Hugs the perfectly calm companion with whom to wait out a storm. Of course we had pithy conversations while we waited, the most important to Hugs being, ‘why do you humans say it’s raining cats and dogs, as I only see water?’. I couldn’t come up with a good answer, but maybe you, his new person, can work with him on that. From time to time we listened to some rolling thunder which Hugs ignored, sitting quietly, occasionally giving me kisses as we watched the rain. He’s an awesome dog, breathtaking in his beauty. He’s looking for his new person or family, ready to ponder the important questions in life…..
KNOWN HISTORY: None
Look: 1. Dog’s eyes are averted, with tail wagging and ears back. He 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: 3. Dog assumes play position and joins the game. Jumps up and grabs leash, has trouble settling.
Squeeze 1: 1. Dog gently pulls back his paw.
Squeeze 2: 1. Dog gently pulls back his paw.
Toy: 1. Dog settles close, keeps a firm grip and is loose and wiggly. He does not place his body between you and the toy.
Summary: Hugs was social throughout his assessment and allowed all handling. During tag, he became quickly over excited and grabbed the leash in his mouth. He had trouble settling.
DOG-DOG INTERACTION ASSESSMENT:
7/5: When introduced to dogs off leash, Hugs greets politely and engages in soft bouncy play with male and female dogs.
7/6-7/7: Hugs greets politely and engages in bouncy play with the female dog, and will attempt to mount persistantly.
Upon intake, Hugs allowed handling.
During his initial medical exam, Hugs allowed handling.
We have no history on Hugs 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.
RECOMMENDATIONS: Experience (suitable for an adopter with some previous dog experience, especially with behaviors outlined below)
_X_No young children (under 5): Due to how quickly Hug became aroused during tag and began leash biting, we recommend a home without younger children. Older children who are comfortable around large, jumpy dogs should have an in-depth interaction prior to adoption.
_X_Basic manners/Poor impulse control: It is recommended that default behaviors such as “Leave it”, “Sit/Stay”, “Down” are reinforced to substitute any frustration and teach him to control his impulses instead of simply reacting; proper management is also advised. Force-free, reward based training only is recommended.
_X_Social hyper-arousal: Hugs became quickly aroused during tag, jumping and leash biting. He will need force-free, positive reinforcement training to teach him to remain calm in the presence of excitement. He should be rewarded with treats for remaining calm, and should be walked away from at any time that he escalates to leash biting or jumping.
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