KOBY – 19662
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KOBY – 19662
Intake Date: 2/1/18 Intake Type: Owner Surrender
Medical Behavior: Green, Sex: Male, Age: 2 years,
Weight: 68 lbs
DVM Intake Exam; Estimated age: 2 years; Microchip noted on Intake? scan negative; History : owner surrender; Subjective: Observed Behavior – friendly; Objective ; BCS 5/9; EENT: Eyes clear, ears clean, no nasal or ocular discharge noted; Oral Exam: mild 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, healthy hair coat; CNS: Mentation appropriate – no signs of neurologic abnormalities; Assessment; appears healthy ; Prognosis: good; Plan: SURGERY: Okay for surgery
A Little Bit About Me…
A Staff member writes : Koby was brought to us because his owner is moving and is unable to take a big dog. He is a BIG MUSH!! He gets along with everyone but does need some training in areas for example, chewing objects in his previous home and knocking over the garbage. Koby does not realize his size and is more like the big, clumsy pooch
Let’s get to know each other a bit more…
Basic Information: Koby is a 2 year old male that has no previous or current medical issues that the owner is aware of. Owner had Koby for 6 months but had to surrender due to landlord issues.
Previously lived with: 2 Adults
How is this dog around strangers? Around strangers, Koby is friendly and outgoing
How is this dog around children? Owner did not have any children in the home but stated that friends and family members would bring children to the home of all ages and stated that Koby was always relaxed and respectful.
How is this dog around other dogs? Owner had a small breed male dog in the home and stated that Koby was relaxed and respectful around the other animal. When being walked outside, whenever Koby would see another dog, he would start barking and become wiggly.
How is this dog around cats? Owner did not have any cats in the home so behavior is unknown.
Resource guarding: Koby is not bothered when someone takes away his food, treats or toys.
Bite history: Koby does not have a bite history.
Energy level/descriptors: High
Other Notes: Koby is not bothered by being held/restrained, being pushed off furniture, having his paws touched and being disturbed while sleeping. When someone tries to give Koby a bath, he will try to run away or chew on the hose when bathed outside. When unfamiliar people would approach the home, Koby would bark.
Medical Notes As per owner, Koby does not have any medical issues.
For a New Family to Know:
Koby is described as friendly, affectionate, playful and excitable. He has a high activity level and liked to play with all types of toys. In the home, Koby liked to follow the owner around from room to room. He was fed dry food only brand Beneful. Koby was kept indoors only and is house trained. Owner stated that he has had a few accidents in the home but it was only when the owner was too tired to walk him on time and he had to wait. When left alone in the home, Koby will sometimes knock over the garbage can and go through the garbage and he has chewed on the owner’s boots before. Koby knows the cues sit, come and stay. For exercise, he was taken on brisk walks on the leash and would run around off leash in an empty baseball field. When on leash, Koby tends to pull very hard. Owner has never tried to walk him off leash as he would run away.
Behavior during intake: Koby had a loose and wiggly body during intake. Counselor was able to collar and take a picture without any issues.
Details on my behavior are…
Date of assessment: 2-Feb-2018
Look: 1. Dog leans forward or jumps up to lick the Assessor’s face with tail wagging, ears back and eyes averted.
Sensitivity:VV1. Dog leans into the Assessor, eyes soft or squinty, soft and loose body, open mouth.
Tag:VV1. 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: 3. Dog is soft in body and eye, and moves legs/body so that the Assessor is unable to hold the paw.
Paw squeeze 2: 1. Dog gently pulls back his/her paw.
Toy: 1. Minimal interest in toy, dog may smell or lick, then turns away.
Koby was fairly distracted upon entering assessment area, sniffing surroundings which included handlerâ€™s pants. He displayed some appropriate displacement behaviors during the assessment, shaking off and moving away, but tolerated all handling. Koby grabbed leash very briefly during toy, and also began to chew leash at conclusion of assessment â€“ easily redirected by a treat.
Date of intake: 1-Feb-2018
Summary: During intake, Koby was soft, wiggly, and allowed all handling.
Date of initial: 1-Feb-2018
Summary: During his initial medical exam, Koby was social and allowed all handling.
ENERGY LEVEL: His owner describes Koby as having a high level of energy, which matches what we have seen in the care center. Koby is a young, social, enthusiastic dog who will benefit from daily mental and physical activity to keep him engaged and exercised. We recommend walks, runs, exercise, and play, as well as long lasting chews such as Kongs and Nylabones to positively direct his puppy enthusiasm.
IN SHELTER OBSERVATIONS: In the care center, Koby has been social with all staff. He is calm in kennel, but at times may demand bark when approached for a walk. He takes treats gently.
BEHAVIOR DETERMINATION: EXPERIENCE (suitable for an adopter with some previous dog experience, especially with the behaviors outlined below)
TM – Treatable-Manageable
Potential challenges: House soiling, Destructive behavior, Leash-biting, Strength/leash pulling
Potential challenges comments:
House Soiling: It is reported Koby has had occasional accidents in the home when he was not walked in a timely manner. He will need consistency so he will always eliminate outside. We recommend frequent scheduled walks along with a consistent feeding schedule, as well as rewards for eliminating outside (treats and praise). Accidents should never be punished as it can damage the human-dog relationship and is likely to make the problem worse.
Destructive Behavior: Owner reports Koby has chewed the hose when bathed outside, and when left alone has knocked over the garbage and once chewed boots. We suggest to future adopters that Koby will need to be provided with physical and mental stimulation and with a variety of appropriate and engaging chew toys so he can engage in necessary chewing behavior without damage to human objects. Examples are Kongs and Nylabones.
The environment should also be managed by keeping shoes in locations where Koby does not have access, and by not leaving garbage within reach.
Leash-biting: In the care center, Koby chewed leash at conclusion of the assessment. He may benefit from using a harness attached to a chain link leash to diminish the sensation to chew.
Leash pulling: Owner reports Koby pulls on leash which matches what we have seen in the care center. Koby is a very large, strong dog with the capability to pull over an average adopter. His adopter must be prepared and able to handle a dog of this size and strength. It is recommended that he be walked on a front clip harness or head halter, which help diminish his strength through leverage, and that he be trained using positive reinforcement, reward based training to not pull on leash.
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