MADONNA – 19530
Gone - 2-9-2018 Manhattan
Hello, my name is Madonna. My animal id is #19530. I am a female brown brindle dog at the Manhattan Animal Care Center. The shelter thinks I am about 2 years 1 weeks old.
I came into the shelter as a stray on 30-Jan-2018.
madonna is being placed at risk due to being diagnosed with Canine Infectious Respiratory Disease Complex, which is contagious to other dogs. Madonna will likely require in home care with a course of antibiotics. We recommend Madonna go to an experienced dog adopter.
Let’s get to know each other a bit more…
A volunteer writes: Pretty Madonna is a timid young gal, at least, at the care center. She is slowly but surely coming out of her shell. When called, she makes her way prudently to her door, accepts a treat, and then a leash. Madonna is a good little walker who attends to business quickly and respects the birds and other pooches neared. She is a little shy in playgroups with her peers, but she could be a debutante in the meet and greet department. Once she knows you, Madonna relaxes. She is fine being dressed and outfitted with a scarf. She is so cute in her shiny tiger brindle coat. Her eyes are round like shiny marbles and her ears are bat like, moving in all directions with the sound. Madonna plays briefly with a ball, sits on command and hops on the bench for caresses. She just needs a gentle approach for the time being. A home sweet home and the love of a new person or family will transform our adorable little mouse into a lively and happy forever best friend. Come and meet Madonna at the Manhattan Care Center.
My medical notes are…
Weight: 43 lbs
Details on my behavior are…
Behavior Condition: 3. Yellow
Date of intake:: 1/31/2018
Spay/Neuter status:: No
Means of surrender (length of time in previous home):: Stray
Date of assessment:: 2/1/2018
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:: 1. Dog follows at the end of the leash, body soft.
Paw squeeze 1:: 1. Dog gently pulls back his/her paw.
Paw squeeze 2:: 1. Dog gently pulls back his/her paw.
Flank squeeze 1:: Item not conducted
Flank squeeze 2:: Item not conducted
Toy:: 1. Minimal interest in toy, dog may smell or lick, then turns away.
Summary:: Madonna approached the assessor in the assessment room a bit hesitantly. She was a bit tense during the handling portion of the assessment but she allowed all handling.
Summary:: Madonna has displayed uncomfortable, defensive behavior when introduced to dogs in the care center. It is recommended she be allowed a period of decompression as the only resident dog before follow up on her behavior around dogs outside of the shelter. Future introductions should be proceeded with cautiously, and supervised closely.
Summary (1):: 1/31: When introduced off leash to the male helper dog, Madonna keeps distance, and offers small correction for approach.
Summary (2):: 2/1: Madonna keeps away from the female helper dog. When approached, she offers a hard correction, then follows the helper while snapping.
Date of intake:: 1/30/2018
Summary:: Madonna at first had a wiggly body but then growled when approached.
Date of initial:: 1/30/2018
Summary:: Madonna was calm at first but growled when palpated.
ENERGY LEVEL:: We have no history on Madonna so we cannot be certain of her behavior in a home environment. In the care center, she displays a medium level of activity.
IN SHELTER OBSERVATIONS:: Madonna has been fearful in the shelter environment. Initially, she allowed minimal touch when interacting with handlers and kept her distance. However, after sufficient time to acclimate, Madonna has begun to become social with handlers, choosing to approach them, soliciting attention, and remain near them. Although still fearful at the care center, she has shown great improvements in her interactions with people.
BEHAVIOR DETERMINATION:: EXPERIENCE (suitable for an adopter with some previous dog experience, especially with the behaviors outlined below)
Behavior Asilomar: TM – Treatable-Manageable
Recommendations:: No young children (under 5),Single-pet home,Recommend no dog parks
Recommendations comments:: No young children: Due to the behavior seen in the care center, we feel that Madonna may be intimidated by young children. She needs a slow approach and time to warm up. She should never be forced to interact with new people, and should be allowed to greet and initiate an interaction at her own pace. Older, gentle children should have an in-depth interaction prior to adoption. Single dog home/no dog parks: Due to defensive behavior observed around other dogs, we recommend a period of decompression as a single dog before following up on Madonna’s behavior outside the care center.
Potential challenges: : Fearful/potential for defensive aggression
Potential challenges comments:: Fearful/potential for defensive aggression: Madonna is fearful at the care center. Madonna gives clear warnings when she is uncomfortable (growling) and does seem to choose to avoid or retreat when given the opportunity, but if prevented from moving away there is a potential to escalate to higher-level warning behaviors and possible fear-based aggression. It is important to move slowly with Madonna, to build positive associations (treats/toys/praise), and to allow Madonna to initiate interactions with new people. She should never be forced to greet or to interact if she is not comfortable and soliciting attention.
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