POINDEXTER – A1110094
Safe - 5-16-2017 Manhattan
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POINDEXTER – A1110094
**SAFER : EXPERIENCED HOME**
NEUTERED MALE, BROWN / WHITE, PIT BULL MIX, 2 yrs
STRAY – STRAYAVAI, HOLD FOR EVICTION Reason PETS CONFL
Intake condition EXAM REQ Intake Date 04/25/2017, From NY 11212, DueOut Date 05/03/2017
Medical Behavior Evaluation BLUE
Medical Summary Estimated age: 2-3 years Microchip noted on Intake? Police picked up dog from owner’s house who did not want it anymore because he did not get along with other pets in the house. BAR Observed Behavior – nervous and tense but responds well to praise; cowers a little when approached with hand T =not taken P = WNL R =WNL BCS 6/9 EENT: Eyes clear, ears clean, no nasal discharge noted Oral Exam: mm pk, moist; CRT <2 sec; mild staining of teeth PLN: No enlargements noted H/L: NSR, NMA, CRT < 2, Lungs clear, eupnic ABD: Non painful, no masses palpated U/G: intact, 2 normal descended testicles MSI: Ambulatory x 4, skin free of parasites, no masses noted, overall healthy coat with small area of barbed/thinning hair with mild underlying erythema and sl lichenification/
Pointdexter reminds me of one of those high-school nerds who is initally shy and embarrased because he gets the best “grades” (rawhide), while all his friends are just sliding by (milkbone). Then suddenly, all the cool kids want the best grades just like him, so now they hang out with Pointdexter more often! Now Pointdexter has camera’s flashing all over him (volunteers), and his photos are all over the yearbook (ACC Adoption App). Now he’s just waiting for that awesome diploma (home) that says he’s officially passed his exams (adoption process).
KNOWN HISTORY: None
Unaltered Male, Owner Surrender
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 sits still and accepts the touch, his eyes are averted, and his tail is in neutral position with relaxed body posture. Dog’s mouth is open.
Tag: 2. Dog assumes play position and joins the game. Jumps up on assessor and grabs leash.
Squeeze 1: 1. Dog does not respond at all for three seconds
Squeeze 2: 1. Dog does not respond at all for three seconds
Toy: 1. Dog settles close, keeps a firm grip and is loose and wiggly. He does not place his body between you and the toy.
Summary: Pointdexter appeared fearful at times in the assessment room, shying away from the assessor when uncomfortable. He was social for the majority of the assessment and did allow all handling. During tag he became a bit over aroused, jumping up and grabbing the leash, but he settled quickly.
DOG-DOG INTERACTION ASSESSMENT:
4/27: When introduced off leash to the female greeter dog, Pointdexter is tense, nervous, and avoids approach.
4/28: When off leash with another dog, Pointdexter is uncomfortable with greeting. He will lip lick and tuck his tail. He will then hide behind the handler.
5/4-8: Pointdexter keeps only to himself in a pen of males and females. He approaches and sniffs dogs from behind when their backs are turned, and quickly turns away when they face him.
During his initial medical exam, Pointdexter was tense.
We have no history on Pointdexter so we cannot be certain of his behavior in a home environment. However, he is a young, enthusiastic, social dog who will need daily mental and physical activity to keep him engaged and exercised. We recommend long-lasting chews, food puzzles, and hide-and-seek games, in additional to physical exercise, to positively direct his energy and enthusiasm.
RECOMMENDATIONS: Experience (suitable for an adopter with some previous dog experience, especially with behaviors outlined below)
_X_Fearful: Though he appears to be social, Pointdexter does at times become fearful, moving away from direct touch. It is important to always go slow and give Pointdexter the option to walk away from any social interaction. Pointdexter should never be forced to approach anything that he is uncomfortable with or to submit to petting or handling. It should always be Pointdexter’s choice to approach a new person or thing. Pointdexter would do best in an initially calm and quiet home environment and should be given time to acclimate to his new surroundings.
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