CHICO aka HUGS – 22339 (ALT ID – A1117460)
Gone - 3-12-2018 Manhattan
CHICO aka HUGS – 22339 (ALT ID – A1117460)
I came into the shelter as a stray on 08-Mar-2018.
Chico is at risk for behavior reasons. Chico displays a low threshold for arousal, and was reported by his previous owners to be lunging and threatening towards a puppy brought into the home. For these reasons, we are seeking placement only with a New Hope partner able to further assess, and address, these behaviors. Medically, Chico is overweight and presented with some superficial wounds we believe may have been incurred during transport to the care center.
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My medical notes are…
Weight: 91 lbs
L V T Notes
[LVT Intake Exam]
Microchip Scan: positive 981020021766084
Evidence of Cruelty: no
Observed Behavior: allowed handling but somewhat nervous, reported dog fight prior to intake (darted by ESU but conscious on arrival)
Sex: neutered male
Estimated Age: appx 3y
Subjective: darted in right shoulder (dart pulled by ESU), small abraded area to top of head, overweight, margins of ears have abraded and scabbed areas (fly bites?)
Oral Exam: mild staining
Musculoskeletal: overweight, BCS 6/9
Preliminary Assessment: seemingly healthy animal with minor wounds
DVM Intake Exam
Estimated age: 3yrs
Microchip noted on Intake?yes
Microchip Number (If Applicable):98102002176608
Observed Behavior – allows handling with muzzle, stiff stance
Evidence of Cruelty seen -no
Evidence of Trauma seen -yes, dart wound
Limited exam d/t R pinna bleeding, worry that continued movement will cause clot to dislodge
EENT: Eyes clear, unable to fully assess ears- but very mild debris seen in AU- given every time shakes head AD starts bleeding again, not going to examine ears today, no nasal or ocular discharge noted
Oral Exam: muzzle on, not performed
PLN: No enlargements noted
H/L: NSR, NMA, CRT < 2, Lungs clear, eupnic
ABD: Non painful, no masses palpated
U/G: MN, grossly normal
MSI: Ambulatory x 4, skin free of parasites, no masses noted, healthy hair coat. mild swelling around police dart wound L hip, not bleeding. Small scar on L forehead, AD- small area mid lateral edge of R pinna bleeding
CNS: Mentation appropriate – no signs of neurologic abnormalities
-AD pinna bleeding: r/o secondary to ear infection, trauma, other
-dart wound L hip, mild swelling
-rimadyl 75mg: 1T PO BID x2 for swelling around dart site
-simplicef 300mg PO SID x10- given for swelling around L hip and also in case of ear infection
-applied first quick stop to ear, then p shook ears, started to bleed steadily,then applied dilute epinephrine and bleeding ceased. Will wait for clot to settle before re examining to ensure no ear infection, other causing wound. Given p was nervous, and AD pinna was easy to start to bleed, didn’t attempt to clip/clean dart wound at this time
N/A- p already neutered
Plan: DVM intake, wound care (washed with novalsan and applied triple antibiotic)
Details on my behavior are…
Behavior Condition: 2. Blue
Owner had this dog for four months and he brought a new puppy home and they began to fight in the kitchen. He then separated them and ESU came and they ended up tranquilizing him because dog was aggressive and trying to bite the owner. No blood was shed in the fight. Dog seemed perfectly fine in regards to his behavior during his intake process. He allowed all handling and petting.
Date of intake:: 3/8/2018
Spay/Neuter status:: Yes
Means of surrender (length of time in previous home):: Owner surrender (in previous home for 4 months)
Other Notes:: Owner brought home a puppy and reported Chico lunged at the puppy three times. When the owner interrupted, Chico attempted to bite the owner.
Date of assessment:: 3/11/2018
Look:: 2. Dog pulls out of Assessor’s hands each time without settling during three repetitions.
Sensitivity:: 1. Dog stands still and accepts the touch, eyes are averted, and tail is in neutral position with a relaxed body posture. Dog’s mouth is likely closed for at least a portion of the assessment item.
Tag:: 2. Dog is not fearful, but is unresponsive when touched. Approaches the Assessor when the game ends (may need coaxing to approach). Dog is focused on stimuli other than the Assessor.
Summary:: Chico approached the assessor in the assessment room with a soft body. He displayed a low threshold for arousal during tag, when he quickly escalated to jumping up and grabbing the leash in his mouth while vocalizing persistently. He did not respond to noise interrupters. Due to the intensity of the leash biting and Chico’s unwillingness to relinquish the leash, the remainder of the handling assessment was not completed.
Summary (1):: 3/9: A dog to dog greeting was conducted through the fence due to Chico bleeding from a cut on his ear. Chico displayed soft body and wagging tail greeting a female dog through the fence.
Date of intake:: 3/8/2018
Summary:: Chico allowed all handling.
Date of initial:: 3/8/2018
Summary:: During his initial medical exam, Chico became tense but tolerated handling.
ENERGY LEVEL:: We have limited history on Chico so we cannot be certain of his behavior in a home environment. In the care center, Chico displays a medium level of energy.
IN SHELTER OBSERVATIONS:: Chico took treats very gently and enthusiastically played with Toy. He squeaked it and pressed it up against handlers legs to solicit play and attention.
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 the low threshold for arousal Chico has displayed at the care center, we recommend an adult only home. Place with a New Hope partner: Due to the low threshold for arousal Chico has displayed at the care center 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: : Basic manners/poor impulse control,Leash-biting,Low threshold for arousal
Potential challenges comments:: Basic Manners/Poor Impulse Control: Chico reportedly lunged at a new puppy that Owner brought home. 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. Low threshold for arousal: Chico displayed a low threshold for arousal as he escalated fairly quickly during the tag portion, grabbing leash and vocalizing, his focus remained on leash and would not respond to noise interrupters. Chico may need positive reinforcement, force-free training to work on this. 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 Chico to new and unfamiliar situations. Leash-biting: Chico is quick to grab the leash in his mouth. We recommend walking him with a toy to dissuade him from grabbing the leash. Positive reinforcement, force-free training is advised to teach him to focus on you rather than grabbing the leash. Chico may benefit from walking with a harness, as well as a chain leash to diminish the potential to chew. Games of tug should not be encouraged.
**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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