MASON – A1073257
Safe - 9-22-2016 Brooklyn
MASON – A1073257
**SAFER: EXPERIENCED HOME**
MALE, BLACK / WHITE, AM PIT BULL TER MIX, 1 yr, 4 mos
OWNER SUR – EVALUATE, NO HOLD Reason NO TIME
Intake condition UNSPECIFIE Intake Date 05/11/2016, From NY 11412, DueOut Date 05/11/2016,
Medical Behavior Evaluation BLUE
Medical Summary Scan negative M; 1 YO; 60.6 lb Timid; tail tucked; hiding behind handler; allows handling with very slow approach; no growling EEN clear Skin and coat clear BARH
A volunteer writes: When Mason was surrendered almost two months ago, he was quite scared, timid and tail tucked, trying to make sense of the new environment and people. But over time, Mason has become the dog that his former owner raved about. He reportedly is a loving and affectionate dog, who likes other dogs, enjoys grooming, protects his family, and even knows a few commands. When taking Mason out of the kennel, he reminds me of a fish out of water—he’s so excited so enthusiastic, and maybe even a little overstimulated by all of the other dogs— that he goes thrashing about. But once outside, he’s like a breath of fresh air! He’s quick to do his business so he can get busy doing what he loves the most—playing! He loves to play fetch, toss around a good squeaky toy and will even demand a belly rub while holding a ball or plushy in his mouth. He constantly tries to challenge himself by seeing just how many toys he can fit into his mouth at once, and when he’s finished engaging in his games he will lay at your feet and relax. He may have the look of a distinguished gentleman, but Mason is still really a big puppy at heart! Ask to meet him today!
Another volunteer writes: What a handsome boy is Mason. He is barely one year old and has lots of love to give you over the years. Come meet Mason. Start the love train now!
BASIC INFORMATION: Mason is a black/white American pit bull terrier. Mason was purchased from a breeder & has no known health issues. Mason was surrendered to ACC due to owner no longer having enough time to care for Mason properly.
SOCIALIZATION: Mason is friendly around strangers and loves getting pet. Mason has been exposed around young children, Mason gets along with children & adults. Mason has ben exposed to dogs and gets along well with other dogs. Mason hs not been exposed to cats or other small animals. Mason has not bitten or scratched another animal or person within the lat 10 days. Mason is best described as a loving, affectionate & playful dog.
BEHAVIOR: Mason does not show signs of aggression when owner touches food bowl while he is eating. Owner is able to take bone, toy or any object from his mouth with no problem. Mason enjoys bathing and grooming, when an unfamiliar person approaches the home, he barks & makes the owner aware. Mason will sometimes growl at males & may take some time when first meeting a male stranger.
FOR A NEW FAMILY TO KNOW: Mason has a high activity level. Owners favorite things of Mason is, he is extremely affectionate & is always there to greet the owner. he loves to play tug & would do best in a family home or a single person home with a lot of energy & time. Mason has been crate trained and does well for up 8 hours. Mason is familiar with the commands sit, stop & come. For exercise, he loves to go ‘out for brisk walks. Mason will slightly pull when he is walked. He has been kept mostly indoors & enjoys eating dry food. Mason will go potty on grass.
Mason previously lived with adults and has been exposed to children. The owner stated Mason is friendly around strangers, adults and young children. The owner describes Mason as loving, affectionate and playful. It was reported by the owner Mason will sometimes growl at men and may take some time when first meeting a male stranger. The owner mentioned Mason is house trained, crate trained and does well up to 8 hours and has a high activity level.
At intake it was reported Mason had loose body posture but when a male staff approached him, he began to growl and display tense body language, he allowed limited handling. During SAFER Mason came into the assessment room anxious and focused on sniffing the ground, he was a social towards the assessor with a low tail wag. He allowed all handling items to be conducted without issue. Mason follows but was fearful with his body low and attempts to exit during the tag interaction, and during the resources portion of the assessment Mason was easy to handle when engaged with the item. Mason has been showing fearful behavior and avoids interaction in the care center. We cannot be certain if behavior may be suppressed as a result of the shelter environment. Please note that behavior may change when Mason is more comfortable and settled in a home environment. In addition, we recommend that introductions are done slowly when men are around, and Mason be given the opportunity to interact at his own pace. The behavior department feels he can be suitable for an experience adopter.
Look: 2. Dog pulls out of Assessor’s hands each time without settling during three repetitions.
Sensitivity: 2. Dog stands still and accepts the touch, his eyes are averted, his tail is between his legs, body a bit tense, mouth closed and lip licks.
Tag: 1. Follows at end of leash, body low and a bit fearful.
Squeeze 1: 1. Dog gently pulls back his paw.
Squeeze 2: 1. Dog does not respond at all for three seconds. His eyes are averted and his ears are relaxed.
Toy 1: No interest.
According to Mason’s previous owner, Mason has been exposed to dogs and gets along well with other dogs. When off leash with dogs at the Care Center, Mason is sexually motivated when meeting female dogs but does respond to handler interruption and is able to wander in the pen. Mason is uncomfortable with male dogs and will correct a male for high energy play. The Behavior Department recommends that a thorough dog-dog interaction be done with any potential adopter’s dogs to make sure the adopter’s dog is tolerant of his mounting behavior, especially a male dog.
5/15: Mason greets appropriately and is sensitive to the noises in the environment. Once in the pen, Mason is sexually motivated, mounting the female greeter dog, initially listening to handler interruptions and dismounting. He continues to try to mount throughout the session while wandering in the pen.
5/18: Mason enters the pen with a loose body. He mostly wanders in the pen only trying to mount the female dog once. He immediately listens to handler interruptions and continues to wander.
5/24: Mason was introduced to a male today. The male has a high energy play style and Mason corrected him for jumping on his back and the session was ended. Another attempt with a calmer male will be made to determine how Mason behaves with other males.
5/26: Mason is anxious and paces in the pen. He is a bit uncomfortable with a male but continues to wander in the pen.
6/16: Mason displays soft body language when he greets the other dog. In the pen he becomes sexually motivated, attempting to mount the female, but listens to her corrections and wanders in the pen. He is tolerant of her persistent play solicitations.
6/22: Mason displays the same slightly motivated behavior and listens to handler interruptions. He displays stiff body language when meeting a larger male through the gate and they are not introduced
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