MACKIE – A1094650
Safe - 11-1-2016 Manhattan
MACKIE – A1094650
**SAFER : EXPERIENCED HOME**
NEUTERED MALE, BLACK, LABRADOR RETR MIX, 1 yr, 1 mo
STRAY – STRAY WAIT, NO HOLD Reason OWN ARREST
Intake condition EXAM REQ Intake Date 10/25/2016, From NY 10460, DueOut Date 10/28/2016,
Medical Behavior Evaluation ORANGE
Medical Summary scan negative ears- wnl flea comb negative- treated with activyl neutered severe tense, nervous during exam,growling and barking, does not like to be handled
A volunteer writes: My first meeting with Mackie: Me: Hello Mackie….. Mackie: stands up softly, paws on my shoulders, a soft look into my eyes and a kiss. Well, OK- we’re going to be good friends! Mackie is a stunning dog, lanky and elegant with a coat as soft as velvet. He was left with his person’s friend, and when his person never came back
for him Mackie joined us as the friend is not permitted dogs in his building. We’re told he got along well with the young children in thehome and after spending time with Mackie and seeing how gentle he can be I can see that. Mackie is bouncy on leash, alert and curious, loves to give kisses, takes treats gently, pays brief attention to a toy as he’s more interested in exploring the pen and overseeing the activity outside of it. He has a fun energy appropriate for his age, and while he seems confused and a bit anxious by his change in circumstance is doing the best he can to adapt. Off leash in playgroup he takes a short time to warm up and then actively engages with a group of dogs running through the pen. Like me, Mackie may not do change well so it’s recommended that he find a home with a person or family with experience to help him adjust to a new environment. In
just three days with us he’s changed from a scared unsure dog, to a friendly, tail wagging smiley friendly boy. I doubt it will take long at all once he’s in your home. Come meet him today.
Neutered, stray (with finder for 2 weeks)
Previously lived with: Adults, children (2)
Behavior toward children: Got along well with the finder’s children
Behavior toward dogs: Unknown
Behavior toward cats: Unknown
Bite history: Not reported
Housetrained: No, walked twide a day but had accidents inside
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: 2. Dog stands still and accepts the touch, his eyes are averted, his tail down, a bit shy, open mouth.
Tag: 1. Follows at end of leash, body soft, ears back, low wagging tail, open mouth.
Squeeze 1: 1. Dog does not respond at all for three seconds.
Squeeze 2: 2. Dog gently places his open mouth over the Assessor’s hand without applying pressure.
Toy: 1. Minimal interest. Dog may smell or lick toy, then turn away.
Summary: Shortly after intake, Mackie was showing fearful behavior and avoiding interaction. In the last three days with the help of the enrichment and behavior department, Mackie became more comfortable in the shelter environment. He is had a soft, wiggly body language entering the behavior room. During his safer assessment he showed no
DOG-DOG INTERACTION ASSESSMENT:
10/27: When introduced off leash to other dogs in the care center, Mackie displays fearful body language. He walks low to the ground, tail tucked, and actively runs away from approach.
10/28: Mackie is uncomfortable and avoidant at first but quickly warms up in a larger group of dogs. He seeks attention from handlers and will begin running through the pens.
During his initial medical examination, Mackie was tense, growling and barking, and avoided touch.
RECOMMENDATIONS: Experience (suitable for an adopter with some previous dog experience)
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