LINUS aka MINUS – A1089170
Safe - 10-30-2016 Manhattan
LINUS aka MINUS- A1089170
NEUTERED MALE, BROWN / WHITE, AM PIT BULL TER MIX, 1 yr, 7 mos
RETURN – EVALUATE, HOLD FOR ID Reason HOUSE SOIL
Intake condition EXAM REQ Intake Date 10/24/2016, From NY 10465, DueOut Date 10/24/2016
Medical Behavior Evaluation YELLOW
Medical Summary scan pos#981020019457983 BARH mild tartar clean EEN clean coat neutered nervous, tense, resisted handling NOSF
MALE, BROWN / WHITE, AM PIT BULL TER MIX, 1 yr, 6 mos
OWNER SUR – EVALUATE, NO HOLD Reason NO TIME
Intake condition EXAM REQ Intake Date 09/09/2016, From NY 10454, DueOut Date 09/09/2016,
Medical Behavior Evaluation No Initial Behavior
Medical Summary No Initial Exam
A volunteer writes: “If you’re sitting down Linus will use that as an opportunity to come into your lap and snuggle, and he knows ‘give me a kiss’ which he showed staff.” Can we say ‘awwwwwww’. We all know that Linus is Charlie Brown’s friend, and made sucking your thumb and carrying a security blanket an OK thing to do. The Peanuts creator said, “Linus, my serious side, is the house intellectual, bright, well-informed which, I suppose may contribute to his feelings of insecurity”, and I think we can say that about our four legged Linus. Surrendered to our care due to “no time”, Linus comes with an outstanding resume of a family dog who lived with a young child, is a “gentle playmate”, is housebroken, will let you know he needs to go out, is well behaved when left home alone as long as he has toys with which to amuse himself and doesn’t guard his things. Linus is happy to be leashed to go outside to go potty, but once that’s done, he’s done. He has no interest in going for a walk at this time and wants to be back in the safety of indoors. We’re also told that he barks when he needs something (like a walk), and knows the word ‘stop’ if he’s pulling on leash. He’s obviously a smart dog, beautifully cared for, friendly, tail waggy and happy to steal a kiss when he’s comfortable. On a play date with a female he was tolerant and playful and his tail never stopped wagging. Linus needs the security and love of a new person or family to regain his balance. He’s an awesome dog, beautifully cared for and is hoping to find the love again. Won’t you come meet him today?
Linus is a young, brown pit bull with a white chest and light brown eyes. He came into our care center because the owner is unable to provide the adequate time to care for him. The owner stated that he is approximately four months old.
Upon entering the care center Linus immediately demonstrated playful body language, including constant tail wags and plenty of face licks. He had a soft wiggly body and his ears were pointed back. The owner let the counselor know that this is Linus’ typical behavior around children (age 6) and adults. Around children he remains a gentle playmate. Similarly on walks Linus exhibits a relaxed demeanor and approaches dogs to sniff them. However the owner did note that he had
not been around cats or other animals so his behavior around them remains undetermined.
He is house broken and is not known to have accidents unless no one is available to walk him. However, the owner did mention that before an accident happens he would have given plenty of warning signs that he needed to relieve himself, such as crying/whining, and walking over to
the leash and barking. He is not prone to breaking or destroying things in the home, which the owner suggested he would only do if he became bored. Thusly it is important that he is stimulated and given plenty of toys to prevent any of that from occurring. Additionally he
does not show any signs of food, treats or toy aggression, and is known to simply look up at you as you are refilling or touching his food bowls.
For a New Family to Know:
If you are sitting down, Linus will use that as an opportunity to come into your lap and snuggle up to you. His owner mentioned that he knows the sit and come commands, as well as give me a kiss, which Linus demonstrated by running to the owner and offering a gentle face lick.
In the home he remains relaxed and will sit and observe his surroundings, barking only at times in which he needs something. On walks he has a tendency to pull, which the owner would correct by saying stop and waiting till he calmed down. Lastly he had been given
a diet exclusively made up of dry food; puppy chow. During his evaluation he was given treats but remained uninterested in the food, opting to play with the counselors instead.
Unaltered, Owner Surrender
Previously lived with: Not stated
Behavior toward children: Gentle and playful around a 6 year old child
Behavior toward dogs: Relaxed with dogs outside, sniffs dogs on leash
Behavior toward cats: Unknown
FG/RG: None reported
Bite history: None reported
Housetrained: Housebroken, only have accidents when he is not walked. Will cry and bark to go out before he has an accident.
Energy level/descriptors: Relaxed in the home, pulls on leash
Other notes: Does not usually destroy things in the home but will if he becomes bored, which can be prevented by giving him toys.
Look: 1. Dog holds gaze with soft eyes, soft body. He allows head to be held loosely in Assessor’s cupped hands. Dog holds gaze for three full seconds.
Sensitivity: 1. Dog stands still and accepts the touch, his eyes are averted, and his tail is in neutral position with relaxed body posture.
Tag: 3. Dog spins toward the touch, vocalizes.
Squeeze 1/2: 1. Dog does not respond at all for three seconds. His eyes are averted and his ears are relaxed or back.
Toy: 1. Minimal interest in Toy, dog may smell and/or lick, then turns away.
Summary: Linus was nervous throughout his assessment, warmed up to handler though. Linus displayed no human-directed aggression.
09/12/16: When introduced off leash to another dog in the care center, Linus takes time to warm up, however approaches and sniffs politely. As he becomes increasingly comfortable, he shows a bit more interest in interacting and a bit of play. His previous owner cites “Similarly on walks Linus exhibits a relaxed demeanor and approaches dogs to sniff them”. The behavior team feels that Linus could potentially be adopted to a home with another dog pending a successful pre adoption interaction and slow introductions.
MEDICAL BEHAVIOR: 9/11/16
During his medical examination, Linus was very tense/nervous; struggled when restrained.
RECOMMENDATIONS: Experience (no young)
_X_No young children (under 5) (Linus has displayed nervous behavior in shelter; loud noises/sudden movement may present a challenge at the moment.)
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