NEO – 8023 (Alt ID A1126894)
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ello, my name is Neo. My animal id is #8023. I am a male brown dog at the Manhattan Animal Care Center. The shelter thinks i am about 5 years 1 weeks old.
I came into the shelter as a data import – incoming on 01-Oct-2017.
Behavior Derermination: New Hope
My medical notes are…
Weight: 12.7 lbs
Details on my behavior are…
Date of intake: 28-Sep-2017 Spay/Neuter status: No Means of surrender (length of time in previous home): Stray (With care taker for two weeks) Previously lived with: Adults, a child (age seven) and another dog Behavior toward strangers: Friendly at times, will snap at other times Behavior toward children: Snaps at the child in the home Behavior toward dogs: Playful and relaxed with the dog he lived with Behavior toward cats: Unknown Resource guarding: Yes, Neo will growl and bite if his food or bones are touched Bite history: Yes, Neo has bitten people, circumstances, number of bites, and severity are unknown Housetrained: Yes Energy level/descriptors: Neo is described as confident, independent, and friendly. Date of assessment: 1-Oct-2017 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: 1. Dog stands still and accepts the touch, eyes are averted, and tail is in neutral position with a relaxed body posture. Dog’s mouth is likely closed for at least a portion of the assessment item. Tag: 1. Dog follows at the end of the leash, body soft. Paw squeeze 1: 2. Dog quickly pulls back. Paw squeeze 2: 2. Dog quickly pull back. Flank squeeze 1: Item not conducted Flank squeeze 2: Item not conducted Toy: 4. Dog freezes and/or growls. Summary: Neo approached the assessor when in the assessment room. He became a bot tense when first handled but then softened and allowed all handling. When in possession of the toy, he froze when the hand went to touch it. Summary (1): 9/29: When introduced off leash to other dogs, Neo greets and wanders the pen. Date of intake: 28-Sep-2017 Summary: Neo was growling and snapped at intake Date of initial: 29-Sep-2017 Summary: Growled during initial medical exam ENERGY LEVEL: In the care center, Neo displays a medium level of activity. BEHAVIOR DETERMINATION: NEW HOPE ONLY Behavior Asilomar TM – Treatable-Manageable Recommendations: No children (under 13) Place with a New Hope partner Recommendations comments: No Children: Due to his multiple bite history and displayed resource guarding, we recommend an adult only home. New Hope: Due to all noted concerns displayed in a home environment, the behavior department recommends Neo be placed with a New Hope placement partner who is able to provide an experienced adult-only foster home. A period of decompression is recommended to allow Neo to acclimate comfortably to her new environment; force-free, reward based training only is advised when introducing Neo to new and unfamiliar situations. Consultation with a professional trainer/behaviorist is highly recommended for guidance to safely manage/modify any behavior Neo presents with outside of the care centers. Potential challenges: Resource guarding Fearful/potential for defensive aggression Multiple-bite history/risk of future aggression Potential challenges comments: Resource Guarding: Potential resource guarding was noted in the previous home as Neo was observed to growl and snap when engaged with items and at times bite the hand attempting to remove them. On his assessment, he froze when in possession of a toy. 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. Multiple-bit history: Neo has a multiple-bite history, circumstances and severity of the bites are not known. Neo needs careful behavior modification and management to prevent future bites. We recommend only force-free, reward-based training methods for Neo as more aversive techniques are likely to increase fear and increase the risk of aggression.
CAME IN WITH: PAPI – A1126895 (NOT AN URGENT DOG)
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