RANGO – 12788
Safe - 11-28-2017 Brooklyn
RANGO – 12788
**SAFER: NEW HOPE ONLY**
Stray, 5 Years Old, Black/Brown Large Breed Mix 41 lbs.
DVM Intake Exam:Estimated age: ~5yrs; Microchip noted on Intake? no; History : stray; Subjective: Observed Behavior – BAR. Tense, growling, resists any handling; Objective ; P = WNL R = WNL BCS 4/9; EENT: Eyes clear, ears clean, no nasal discharge noted; Oral Exam: Not performed; H/L: NSR, NMA, Lungs clear, eupnic; ABD: Non painful, no masses palpated; U/G: Male; MSI: Ambulatory x 4, skin free of parasites, no masses noted, healthy hair coat; CNS: mentation appropriate – no signs of neurologic abnormalities; Assessment: Apparently healthy; Plan: Continue to monitor while at BACC; Prognosis: Good; SURGERY: Okay for surgery
A volunteer writes: It looks like someone stirred up a Rottie, Border Collie and a shepherd and out came the best of all three–Rango! With his slight frame, bushy tail and black and tan coloring, Rango exceeds the expectations of any one breed! Arriving to the shelter as a stray, Rango has been somewhat shy and reserved. I can’t blame him for feeling a bit overwhelmed with his new surroundings! Yet, once I leash him up and get him outside, he’s been the perfect gentleman. He seems housetrained, walks nicely on the leash and responds to the command sit–especially when treats are involved! It doesn’t take long for Rango to warm up to me and when I offer him a butt scratch he’s whole back end seems to shake while he prances and virtually stands on his front legs in pleasure–too cute! Rango is ready to find a home for the holidays that will understand his idiosyncrasies, give him time to adjust (based on experience, I don’t think it will take too long!) and provide him with all the love any one dog deserves.
The dog was brought in without any knowledge of his behavior previously. While in our lobby he went to the bathroom. He was soft body and friendly. He did get shy and low growl when switching over leashes.
How is this dog around strangers? Friendly and soft body
Date of assessment: 21-Nov-2017
Rango has not acclimated well to the shelter environment and continues to attempt to increase distance from handlers who approach to engage. If prevented from moving away, Rango has been observed to rapidly escalate when uncomfortable (growling and snapping). For these reasons, we believe Rango is not an appropriate candidate for an assessment at this time.
Summary (1): Rango was surrender as a stray so his past behavior with other dogs is unknown.
11/18: When off leash at the Care Center, Rango is tense and uncomfortable around the novel female dog. He freezes when she sniffs his rear.
Date of intake: 16-Nov-2017
Summary: Initially soft-bodied and friendly; became tense and growled when swapping leashes
Date of initial: 16-Nov-2017
Summary: Nervous, tail tucked, panting; during second exam on 11/18: tense, growling, resists handling
ENERGY LEVEL: We cannot be certain of Rango’s energy level in a home environment – he remains fearful in the care center so this is unable to be assessed at this time.
IN SHELTER OBSERVATIONS:
11/18: Rango is reported to be difficult to remove from his kennel, tensing, growling and snapping when attempts are made to place slip leads over his head. This behavior toward leashes has been reported since intake. Due to our lack of known behavioral history, it is difficult to determine whether this is a response specifically to the leash itself or to being handled/interacted with more generally.
BEHAVIOR DETERMINATION: NEW HOPE ONLY
TM – Treatable-Manageable
No children (under 13)
Place with a New Hope partner
_X_Place with a New Hope partner: Due to the warning and distance-increasing behaviors shown in the care center, we recommend placement with a New Hope partner who can provide force free behavior modification to address the underlying anxiety.
Fearful/potential for defensive aggression
Potential challenges comments:
_X_Fearful/potential for defensive aggression: Rango escalates quickly to snapping when uncomfortable, so this is an established behavior that he offers when he feels threatened. The behavior department cannot be certain whether this behavior is due to the shelter environment though we recommend safe and appropriate management during his decompression period. We recommend only force-free, reward-based training methods for Rango as more aversive techniques are likely to increase fear and increase the risk of aggression.
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