PATCHES – A1103414
Safe - 3-4-2017 Brooklyn
PATCHES – A1103414
**SAFER : EXPERIENCED HOME / NO OTHER DOGS**
SPAYED FEMALE, BROWN / WHITE, AM PIT BULL TER MIX, 8 yrs
OWNER SUR – AVAILABLE, NO HOLD Reason NO TIME
Intake condition UNSPECIFIE Intake Date 02/10/2017, From NY 11203, DueOut Date 02/10/2017,
Medical Behavior Evaluation GREEN
Medical Summary scanned neg. spayed female 8 years old.s/o: allows all handling, wagging tail. dermatitis periocular area with alopecia, also on forelimbs. Appears to be scarring from old infections. reported to have arthritis by O. both hind limbs seem stiff and hyperextended. Gait is stilted. left 1-2/4 lux patella, some discomfort on palpation. forelimbs have wide stance like a bulldog but no pain on palp. mod tartar. heart sounds ok. belly is somewhat pendulous and hard to fully evaluate due to size. did one abd tap to look for fluid–negative. 7/9 bcs. a: arthritis, stifles +/- other locations; scarring from previous skin disease. p: Rimadyl for arthritis; recc weight loss; hypoallergenic food could be considered 73.6 lbs
A volunteer writes: Somebody pinch me! Patches walked out of a dream and right into every heart that crosses her path. She is chubby and arthritic, but I don’t think there’s a pair of kinder eyes or cuter markings. She seems housebroken and we’re told she is gentle with children and well-behaved when left alone. She is super easy to connect with, seems to be an expert at making lemonade out of lemons, and eagerly gives gentle kisses. She loves treats and gets vocal when she knows she’s earned one (she knows basic commands) and I’m taking too long. She lights up at the sight of a tennis ball and there’s no stopping her playful spirit. She lies down after fetching it a few times, chews and paws at it, then let’s me know that we can’t let her aching body get in the way of a good time: she pushes the ball towards me with her nose and urges me to throw it back to her (and repeat!) — her tail wagging behind her outstretched legs all the while. She is impossibly charming, endearing and SWEET and if I didn’t feel her tongue kissing my hand or hear the thud of her wagging tail when I go to touch her I would say that I was seeing things! Please come to Brooklyn ACC, have the most warm fuzzy feelings you’ve ever felt, and make Patches part of your world (she deserves to be the center of it)!
Basic Information: Patches is an 8 year old spayed female American Pit bull mix. She was given as a gift from a friend when she was two years old. Patches had several health concerns but current one is arthritis. Owner surrenders Patches due to no time.
Social Life and Personality: Patches lived with one male adult and been around children. Owner stated patches is friendly and outgoing towards strangers and gentle with his grandchildren who comes to the home. Patches will ignore dogs in the street and usually tolerant. Around cats she sees in the yard she will chase and bark at them. Patches is mostly indoors and activity has decrease to low. Owner describes her as friendly, affectionate, mellow and independent.
Behavior: Patches has never bitten or scratched a human or animal. She allows owner to touch her food bowl while eating and to take toys and treats away from her mouth. She’s afraid of taking baths because of the water but will tolerant it after a while. She barks at sudden noises such as fireworks and door knocks.
For a New Family to Know: Patches is trained to use the bathroom outdoors but since she doesn’t walk much she will use it indoors. She knows commands such as sit, down, come and stay. She will stay in her favorite spot which is owner’s room. Patches eats wet and dry food called Pedigree mix and sleeps on her bed. She is well behaved when home alone and will do best in a loving home.
Intake Behavior: Upon intake Patches was docile, wagging her tail and attention seeking. She scanned negative for a microchip and allowed all handling.
Spayed female, Owner surrender (Lived in previous home for 6 years)
Previously lived with: (1) Adult
Behavior toward strangers: Outgoing
Behavior toward children: Gentle around chldren
Behavior toward dogs: Tolerant, usually stays to herself.
Behavior toward cats: Will chase them.
Resource guarding: None reported
Bite history: None reported
Energy level/descriptors: Owner describes her as friendly, affectionate, mellow and independent. She is well behaved when home alone and will do best in a loving home.
Other notes: During intake process Patches was Patches was docile, wagging her tail and attention seeking.
Look: 1. Dog’s eyes are averted. Her ears are back, her tail is down, and she 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, her eyes are averted, and her tail is in neutral position with relaxed body posture. Dog’s mouth is 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 her paw.
Toy: 1. Dog settles down close to chew, will relinquish toy to you.
Summary: Patches was calm and relaxed. She showed no concerning behavior during her handling assessment
DOG-DOG INTERACTION ASSESSMENT:
According to Patches previous owner, Patches will ignore dogs in the street and usually tolerant. When off leash with dogs at the Care Center, Patches initially briefly greets other calm dogs before keeping to herself as she explores the pen. She would begin low growling if a dog greeted her for longer than her comfort level. When in a group of calm male and dogs, Patches is initially able to display soft body language. She was keeping to herself when a calm male began walking by her. Her body language became stiff and she lunged at the other dog, biting his neck. She was persistent after initial handler interruptions and needed to be physically removed off the other dog. She did not break skin and was removed from the pen. Due to the severity of the incident between Patches and a very calm dog, the Behavior Department recommends that she not be placed in a home with other dogs.
2/11: Patches displays soft body language when greeting a novel male dog. She keeps to herself as she explores the pen, tolerating the male dog’s face to face greetings. She offers an appropriate warning -a low growl- when he persistently greets her and continues to explore the pen.
2/14: When interacting with a female dog, Patches greets her briefly before keeping to herself as she explores the pen. She begins to low growl when the other female greets her for an extended period of time.
2/15: Patches is initially able to display soft body language when socializing in a group of calm male and female dogs. She was keeping to herself when a calm male began walking by her. Her body language became stiff and she lunged at the other dog, biting his neck. She was persistent after initial handler interruptions and needed to be physically removed off the other dog. She did not break skin and was removed from the pen.
Patches readily allowed all handling during her initial medical examination.
RECOMMENDATIONS: Experience (Suitable for an adopter with a previous amount of dog experience)
_x_Recommend only dog home. (Due to the severity of the incident between Patches and a very calm dog, the Behavior Department recommends that she not be placed in a home with other dogs.
Reward-based, force-free counter conditioning can be utilized to help Patches associate dogs with rewards such as toys or treats.)
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