MAC – 20542
Urgent - Manhattan
SUPER URGENT 2/13/18
MAC – 20542
**NEW HOPE ONLY**
Care Center Location: Manhattan, ZIP Code From: 10029, Intake Type: Stray
Medical Behavior: Yellow, Age: 11 years, Sex: Male, Weight: 10 lbs
LVT intake; BAR; scan negative; male intact; geriatric, appx 11 yrs old; nervous, growling, snapping; heavy tartar; infection on left eye and matted; very cloudy eyes, poss blind; matted and dirty coat; need grooming; slightly underweight and mild dehydration; AMB x 4; BCS 4/9; NOSF
Details on my behavior are…
Date of intake: 12-Feb-2018
Spay/Neuter status: No
Means of surrender (length of time in previous home): Stray
Date of assessment: 14-Feb-2018
Look: 2. Dog’s eyes are averted, body posture is stiff and fearful, tail is low and not moving. Dog allows head to be held loosely in Assessor’s cupped hands.
Sensitivity: 2. Dog stands still and accepts the touch, eyes are averted, tail is between legs, body stiff, mouth closed, lip long, ears likely back, may lip lick.
Tag: 2. Dog is fearful but unresponsive when touched. Approaches the Assessor when the game ends. Dog is likely crouching, may have a long lip or lip lick.
Paw squeeze 1: 5. Dog freezes, snaps, and/or tries to bite.
Flank squeeze 1: 5. Dog snaps or tries to bite.
Toy: 1. Minimal interest in toy, dog may smell or lick, then turns away.
Summary: Mac approached the assessor in the assessment room. He was tense during the assessment, and when he paw was touched he snapped. He snapped again when the assessor tried to touch him to do flank.
Summary (1): 2/13: When introduced off leash to dogs, Mac greets politely.
Summary (2): 2/14-15: Mac keeps mostly to self.
Date of intake: 12-Feb-2018
Summary: Mac had a relaxed body and allowed handling.
Date of initial: 12-Feb-2018
Summary: Mac was tense, growling, and snapping.
ENERGY LEVEL: We have no history on Mac so we cannot be certain of his behavior in a home environment. In the care center, he displays a low level of activity.
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 handling sensitivities displayed at the care center, we recommend an adult only home.
Place with a New Hope partner: Mac has not acclimated well to the kennel environment and has snapped at handlers when handled. 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: Handling/touch sensitivity, Fearful/potential for defensive aggression
Potential challenges comments: Handling/touch sensitivity: Mac has snapped when his paw was handled and during other handling, showing discomfort with touch in certain areas. It is important to avoid touching Mac’s paws at this time and to be cautious when touching him in other areas as we do not know where he may have other sensitivities. Positive reinforcement, reward based training should be used to pair touch with good things such as food rewards in order to teach Mac to be more comfortable with this.
Fearful/potential for defensive aggression: Mac is fearful at the care center and has snapped at handlers. It is important to always go slow and give Mrs Pancake the option to walk away from any social interaction. Mac should never be forced to approach anything that he is uncomfortable with or to submit to petting or handling. It should always be Macâ€™s choice to approach a new person or thing. Mac would do best in an initially calm and quiet home environment and should be given time to acclimate to his new surroundings.
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