NORBIT – A1110388
Safe - 5-8-2017 Brooklyn
NORBIT – A1110388
**SAFER : EXPERIENCED HOME / NO YOUNG CHILDREN**
NEUTERED MALE, BLACK / WHITE, CHIHUAHUA SH, 12 yrs
OWNER SUR – AVAILABLE, NO HOLD Reason NO TIME
Intake condition EXAM REQ Intake Date 05/04/2017, From NY 10474, DueOut Date 05/04/2017,
Medical Behavior Evaluation BLUE
Medical Summary Estimated age:12 Microchip noted on Intake? n O surrender, allows exam P = 90 R = panting BCS 5/9 EENT: ou sclerosis Oral Exam: oligodontia. remaining teeth have severe periodontal dz PLN: No enlargements noted H/L:, NMA Lungs clear, eupnic ABD: Non painful, no masses palpated U/G: neutered MSI: tense, but 2/4 lux patella appreciated left side CNS: mentation appropriate – no signs of neurologic abnormalities Assessment: geriatric, severe ddz, lux patella L, possibly R Plan: recc eventual dental Prognosis: fair
Norbit is a senior-geriatric neutered Chihuahua mix. His owner got him from a previous owner as a young dog. His family has to surrender him due to their declining health.
Norbit initially barks at strangers initially but will be friendly with them within ~30 minutes. Norbit lived with 3 children ages 8 and older (now adults). Children visited the home. Norbit is friendly, relaxed, and tolerant with them. Norbit barks at and pulls towards dogs he sees outside. His owner thinks he is trying to play but doesn’t allow this. Norbit hasn’t bit anyone.
Norbit doesn’t mind when his family picks up his food, treat, or toy, but growls when someone else does so; he continues growling but hasn’t snapped at anyone as they removed the object. He doesn’t mind when someone holds/restrains him, wakes him up, or moves him off furniture. He’s nervous but tolerant during baths. He loves being brushed. Norbit barks when strangers approach his home/family. Once the person talks to him and tries to pet him, he is tolerant.
Norbit’s family describes him as friendly, affectionate, mellow, and medium energy. Norbit likes playing outside and playing with balls. Norbit lived inside and slept on a dog bed. Norbit eats dry dog food. Norbit is housetrained, potties outside, and doesn’t have accidents. While home alone, Norbit goes on the bed and plays with clothing (without damaging them), so his owner tethers him to prevent this. Norbit went for slow walks and didn’t pull on his leash. Norbit stays with his family while off-leash.
Norbit approached counselor and sniffed and then bowed his head and allowed counselor to pet and scan. After this interaction Norbit was following and jumping on counselor and showing a lot of energy and would periodically return to counselor, place paws on him and lean in for a head scratch. He allowed all handling for intake.
KNOWN HISTORY: Full profile
Neutered, Owner surrender (Young ages in the previous home)
Previously lived with: Adults and 3 children(ages 8 and up)
Behavior toward strangers: Barks but friendly
Behavior toward children: Friendly, relaxed and tolerant.
Behavior toward dogs: Unknown
Behavior toward cats: Unknown
Resource guarding: Yes, he will growl if someone from outside the family touches his food/treats and toys.
Bite history: None reported
Energy level/descriptors: The owner mentions Norbit displays a medium activity level in the household.
Other notes: Upon intake Norbit was friendly and social, he allowed all handling.
Look:1. Dog’s eyes are averted. His ears are back, his tail is down, and he has a relaxed body posture. Dog allows head to be held loosely in Assessor’s cupped hands.
Sensitivity:1. Dog stands still and accepts the touch, his eyes are averted, and his tail is in neutral position with relaxed body posture. Dog’s mouth is likely closed for at least a portion of the assessment item.
Tag: 1. Follows at end of leash, body soft.
Squeeze 1&2: 1. Dog gently pulls back his paw.
Toy: 1. No interest.
Summary: Norbit was friendly and social towards the assessor.
According to Norbit’s previous guardian, Norbit barks at and pulls towards dogs he sees outside. When off leash with dogs at the Care Center, Norbit keeps to himself in a group of small male and female dogs. When a dog persistently greets him face to face, Norbit offers correction by head flipping and air snapping at him.
During his medical examination, Norbit was calm and allowed all handling.
ENERGY LEVEL: His previous owner reports a medium activity level, which matches what we have seen in the care center.
RECOMMENDATIONS: Experience (suitable for an adopter with some previous dog experience, especially with behaviors outlined below)
_X_No young children (under 5)- Due to potential resource guarding behavior. Norbit gave an appropriate warning of his discomfort (growl) but we feel that young children may not know to respect this warning. Older, dog savvy children can be considered as long as the adults feel confident that Norbit can be left alone while eating so he does not need to escalate from a growl. Behavior modification for food guarding behavior can be found at aspcapro.org.
_X_Resource guarding-Norbit is reported to growl over food and toy resources. It is important to leave Norbit alone while he is eating and never to take anything directly from his mouth. When he is asked to drop something he should be traded for an item of equal or higher value, in order to reward Norbit for relinquishing the item he has.
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