POLO – 20121
Safe - 2-16-2018 Manhattan
POLO – 20121
Intake Date : 2/6/18 Intake Type: Owner surrender
Medical Behavior: Green Age: 10 months Sex: Male
Weight: 39 lbs
LVT Intake : BARH scan negative male intact allowed handling appx 10 months old mild tartar, probably due to food habit clean EENT clean coat BCS 5/9 AMB x 4
A Little Bit About Me…
A volunteer writes: Polo is a lovely youngster, a two year old lively pup only too happy to be in company and out of his kennel. He is very medium size, really cute, well groomed, absolutely great on the leash, very likely house trained as indicated by his former owners, a dutiful sitter, a good listener and also always happy to meet other dogs, even the little ones . He is great with his peers, boys and girls , in playgroups, jumping, running and socializing to his heart content. Polo is very sociable and friendly, does come on the lap on his own and offers tons of kisses to his caretakers. Yep, he is ready for Valentine’s Day…Polo comes with excellent recommendations. He is a very active young dog, owned since early puppyhood, lived and played nicely with young children and was very friendly and affectionate to everyone around. Polo would love to start his life again with you and be your new for ever best friend.
Let’s get to know each other a bit more…
Basic Information: Polo is a white and tan large breed dog that is estimated to be 2 years old. His owner got him from a breeder out of state and kept him for the last 2 years until building did not allow her to have animals in the building.
Previously lived with: 1 Adult, 3 Children (Ages 9,5,6)
How is this dog around strangers? Polo is friendly around strangers and will jump up to greet them.
How is this dog around children? Polo lived with 3 children and was very friendly with them. He would be rough at times and on occasion has scratched them while playing.
How is this dog around other dogs? Polo is afraid of other dogs and will shy away from them.
How is this dog around cats? Polo was not around cats in his previous home.
Resource guarding: Polo is not bothered by people going near his food or toys.
Bite history: Polo has no history of having bitten another person or animal.
Energy level/descriptors: High Energy, Affectionate, Playful
Other Notes: Polo tends to bark a lot at home he also has a tendency of being very mouthy when he gets frustrated like during a very long walk. He get on alert when he hers a loud noise and will search around looking for the source. He enjoys baths and being brushed for long periods of time. He does have problems with people trimming his nails and will struggle and run away.
Has this dog ever had any medical issues? No
For a New Family to Know : Polo is an excitable dog that enjoys following people around the house. He likes to play with balls of yarn and is used to being indoors the entire day. He eats both wet and dry food. He is house trained and rarely has accidents at home. He enjoys going out for jogs and pulls lightly on the leash.
Behavior Notes: Polo was very loose bodied and allowed me to pick him up and collar him he was jumping all over me and was play bowing. He followed me on the leash and kept a loose body the entire time.
My medical notes are…
2/8/18 DVM Intake Exam : Estimated age:2 Microchip noted on Intake? no Microchip Number (If Applicable): no History : OS Subjective: BAR Observed Behavior – very excited and friendly, good body condition score Evidence of Cruelty seen – no Evidence of Trauma seen – no Objective : T = – P = 92 R = WNL BCS = 5/9 EENT: Eyes clear, ears clean, no nasal or ocular discharge noted Oral Exam: Calculus on canines PLN: No enlargements noted H/L: NSR, NMA, CRT < 2, Lungs clear, eupnic ABD: Non painful, no masses palpated U/G: Two descended testicles MSI: Ambulatory x 4, skin free of parasites, no masses noted, healthy hair coat CNS: Mentation appropriate – no signs of neurologic abnormalities Assessment:healthy Prognosis:excellent Plan: Neuter SURGERY: Okay for surgery
2/12/18 Vet Notes: Brief recheck. Day 1 vomiting after Play Group noted on Monitoring Board on 2/10. No vomiting noted today. P appears BAR, readily comes up to the cage, wags tail. A: Vomited one time after Play Group — r/o GI vs extra GI (over excitement / nausea after play group) P: CTM if vomiting continues. If so, consider abdominal rads vs cerenia trial.
2/14/18 Post Op Exam Vet Notes: S/O
-BAR, appears friendly and energetic in kennel
-no nasal discharge, sneezing or coughing noted or reported
-incision CDI with moderate erythema
A 1. Healthy adult, mild incisional irritation post op
P -continue post op pain management
Details on my behavior are…
Date of assessment: 7-Feb-2018
Look: 1. Dog leans forward or jumps up to lick the Assessor’s face with tail wagging, ears back and eyes averted.
Sensitivity: 1. Dog leans into the Assessor, eyes soft or squinty, soft and loose body, open mouth.
Tag: 1. Dog assumes play position and joins the game. Or dog indicates play with huffing, soft ‘popping’ of the body, etc. Dog might jump on Assessor once play begins.
Paw squeeze 1: 1. Dog gently pulls back his/her paw.
Paw squeeze 2: 1. Dog gently pulls back his/her paw.
Flank squeeze 1: Item not conducted
Flank squeeze 2: Item not conducted
Toy: 1. Dog settles down close to chew, will relinquish toy to you.
Summary: Polo quickly approached the assessor in the assessment room with a soft body. He was jumped up several times in a social manner. He was social throughout the assessment, allowed all handling, and displayed no concerning behaviors.
PLAY GROUP :
Based on observation made in the care center, Polo may be most compatible with other dogs who are social and highly playful. The previous owner of Polo described him as “fearful” around other dogs previously met. Polo may benefit from slow initial introductions to unfamiliar dogs.
2/7: When introduced to both male and female dogs, Polo is soft and bouncy.
2/8-10: Polo plays exuberantly with male and female dogs.
2/11-12: Polo is social and highly playful.
Date of intake: 6-Feb-2018
Summary: Polo had a loose body, was jumping up, and allowed all handling.
Date of initial: 6-Feb-2018
Summary: Polo allowed all handling.
ENERGY LEVEL: Polo’s previous owner described him as having a high level of activity. 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.
IN SHELTER OBSERVATIONS: Polo has been highly social with his human caretakers in the shelter environment. He has been soft and social throughout all his interactions with staff and volunteers. He is food motivated and receptive to training, as well as social with humans and dogs.
BEHAVIOR DETERMINATION: EXPERIENCE (suitable for an adopter with some previous dog experience, especially with the behaviors outlined below)
Recommendations: No young children (under 5)
Recommendations comments: No young children: Polo displayed a high level of jumping up on his assessment. His previous owner reported that he becomes mouthy when frustrated and is rough when playing with children. For this reason, we recommend a home without young children. Older children who are comfortable around large, jumpy dogs should have an in-depth interaction prior to adoption.
Potential challenges: House soiling, Basic manners/poor impulse control, Mouthiness/poor bite inhibition
Potential challenges comments:
House soiling: Polo is noted to have accidents in the house, and will likely need guidance with house training. We recommend positive reinforcement, reward-based training only.
Basic manners/poor impulse control: Polo jumps up on people a lot in a social manner. It is recommended that default behaviors such as “Leave it”, “Sit/Stay”, “Down” are reinforced to substitute any frustration and teach him to control his impulses instead of simply reacting; proper management is also advised. Force-free, reward based training only is recommended.
Mouthiness/poor bite inhibition: Polo’s previous reported that he becomes mouthy when frustrated. This is likely an attention-seeking behavior, but it should be replaced with an alternative behavior as it can frighten people. We recommend never playing with bare hands â€“ always with a toy – and ending play or attention whenever Polo puts teeth on skin. He should be rewarded with attention and treats when he stops and/or when he is seeking attention in alternate ways.
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