NEO – 21810
Safe - 3-4-2018 Brooklyn
NEO – 21810
**SAFER: NEW HOPE ONLY**
Care Center Location: Brooklyn, ZIP Code From: 11203, Intake Type: Owner surrender
Medical Behavior: Blue, Age: 6 years, Sex: Male, Weight: 13 lbs
DVM Intake Exam; Estimated age:6 y reported; Microchip noted on Intake?n; History: o surrender; Subjective: Observed Behavior -allows exam. tail down, nervous. prev o described food guarding/bed guarding; Objective ; T =; P =60; R =wnl; BCS 5/9; EENT: Eyes clear, ears clean, no nasal or ocular discharge noted; Oral Exam:clean teeth; PLN: No enlargements noted; H/L: NSR, NMA, CRT < 2, Lungs clear, eupneic; ABD: Non painful, no masses palpated; U/G:2 testes; MSI: Ambulatory x 4, skin free of parasites, no masses noted,matted hair coat; CNS: Mentation appropriate – no signs of neurologic abnormalities; Assessment: healthy; Prognosis:excellent; Plan:neuter; SURGERY: Okay for surgery
Let’s get to know each other a bit more…
Basic Information: Neo is a 6 year old small black and white male dog who was surrendered buy his owner due to the fact he is moving and can no longer have pets. The owner stated that He has had Neo since he was 8 weeks old.
Previously lived with: Owner
How is this dog around strangers? Owner stated that when meeting strangers Neo is shy for a few minutes but will warm up. When playing with adults he is gentle.
How is this dog around children? Neo has spent time in the home around children and he is relaxed and playful. When playing with children he is gentle.
How is this dog around other dogs? Neo has spent time in the home around another small dog and he was relaxed and affectionate. when playing with other dogs he is gentle.
How is this dog around cats? Neo has not spent time in the home around cats so it is unknown how he will react.
Resource guarding: If someone was to touch Neo treats or food he will growl snap and possibly bite. If someone unfamiliar approaches his house or family member he will bark.
Bite history: Neo has no bite history.
Energy level/descriptors: Medium
Other Notes: If someone was to touch one on Neo’s toys he is friendly and will want to play. He isn’t bothered if he is pushed off the furniture or restrained. If someone tried to take Neo out of his dog bed when he is sleeping he will growl snap and possibly bite.
Has this dog ever had any medical issues? No
Medical Notes: No reported medical concerns.
For a New Family to Know: Owner described Neo as friendly affectionate and playful. When at home he will follow his owner around. He likes to play with stuffed and squeaky toys. Neo has been kept mostly indoors and eats both wet and dry food. when using the bathroom he will go outside on the grass or cement. When left alone in the home, or yard he is well behaved. Neo has been crated and does well for up to 8 hours. Neo knows how to sit and come when called. He is used to brisk walks on the leash. When off the leash he will wander but comes back when he is called.
Behavior Notes: Neo was nervous during intake and was growling at counselor. Owner did all handling.
Details on my behavior are…
Date of assessment: 1-Mar-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: 5. Dog freezes, growls, or tries to bite.
Toy: 1. No interest.
Summary: Neo allowed minimal handling, and was a bit tense. He began to low growl, and remained tense.
Summary (2): According to Neo’s previous owner, Neo was playful with another small resident dog
2/28-3/02: When off leash at the Care Centers, Neo greets a group of small male and female dogs with a soft posture. He explores the pens, mostly keeping to himself.
Date of intake: 27-Feb-2018
Summary: Neo was nervous during intake and was growling at counselor. Owner did all handling.
Date of initial: 28-Feb-2018
Summary: Neo allows exam with his tail down, and nervous.
ENERGY LEVEL: His previous owner describes Neo as a playful, and affectionate dog.
Neo displayed low energy and movement throughout assessment, and will need daily mental and physical activity to keep him engaged and exercised
Recommendations: No children (under 13), Place with a New Hope partner
Recommendations comments: No children: Due to how uncomfortable Neo is currently with touch and novel stimuli, we feel that an adult-only home would be most beneficial at this time.
Place with a new hope partner: Neo has not acclimated well to the kennel environment and has allowed only minimal handling since intake. 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: Resource guarding, Handling/touch sensitivity
Potential challenges comments: Potential resource guarding was noted in the previous home as Neo was observed to growl and snap over food/treats. For this reason we advise against ever removing items from Neo’s possession without safely trading for an item or greater or equal value. Guidance from a professional trainer/behaviorist is highly recommended to aid in safely managing/modifying this behavior in a new home environment.
Handling/touch sensitivity: Neo has growled and snapped when handled, showing a discomfort with touch in certain areas. It is important to avoid touching Neo’s paws at this time and being 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 Neo to be more comfortable with this.
Other: 3/1 New hope only
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