ROCKO – 19469
Gone - 2-9-2018 Manhattan
Hello, my name is Rocko. My animal id is #19469. I am a male brindle dog at the Manhattan Animal Care Center. The shelter thinks I am about 1 years 1 weeks old.
I came into the shelter as a owner surrender on 29-Jan-2018, with the surrender reason stated as other.
Rocko is being placed at risk due to being diagnosed with Canine Infectious Respiratory Disease Complex, which is contagious to other dogs. He will likely require in home care with a course of antibiotics. We recommend Rocko go to an adult only home.
Let’s get to know each other a bit more…
A volunteer writes: Rocko is young and silly, armed with the best intentions but not knowing his boundaries…Sounds familiar? I bet….He is just like a kid….in need of guidance and stability sprinkled with love! Rocko has been beautifully cared for. He is a gorgeous youngster with puzzled eyes, well dressed and healthy. He loved his human siblings although played a little too rough. He is described by his former family as friendly, sociable, welcoming, happy, very active and very playful, a puppy, basically…I met Rocko yesterday, very briefly as his den was being straightened up. He was peacefully observing his surroundings. He had a nice engaging smile, sat for me and took a treat very gently from my fingers. He is so beautiful…Rocko needs a new master and a teacher who will once and forever teach him all the right ropes to great Doghood and make him the best forever four legged best friend. Rocko is at the Manhattan Care Center.
My medical notes are…
Weight: 56.2 lbs
Details on my behavior are…
Behavior Condition: 1. Green
Date of intake:: 1/29/2018
Spay/Neuter status:: No
Means of surrender (length of time in previous home):: Owner Surrender (In home for 1 year)
Previously lived with:: Adults and children (ages 13 and 4)
Behavior toward strangers:: Friendly, jumps up on them
Behavior toward children:: Playful, somewhat rough at play
Resource guarding:: None reported
Bite history:: None reported
Energy level/descriptors:: Rocko is described as excitable and playful with a high level of activity.
Date of assessment:: 1/31/2018
Look:: 1. Dog’s eyes are averted, with tail wagging and ears back. Allows head to be held loosely in Assessor’s cupped hands.
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:: 2. Dog quickly pulls back.
Paw squeeze 2:: 2. Dog quickly pull back.
Flank squeeze 1:: Item not conducted
Flank squeeze 2:: Item not conducted
Toy:: 1. Dog settles close, keeps a firm grip and is loose and wiggly. Dog does not place his/her body between you and the toy.
Summary:: Rocko quickly approached the assessor in the assessment room with a soft body and jumped up in an attention seeking manner. During tag, he jumped up and grabbed the leash, but relinquished it. He allowed handling. When the assessment ended, Rocko began to intensely leash bite and could not be distracted from his, jumping up high, grabbing the leash, and growling. He would not trade the leash for food or toys.
Summary:: The behavior department feels Rocko may be most compatible with playful female dogs. He has not yet been introduced to a male dog in the care center.
Summary (1):: 1/30: When introduced off leash to the female greeter dog, Rocko follows and sniffs. He attempts to mount, though briefly backs up when the greeter dog offers correction.
Summary (2):: 1/31: Rocko greets the female helper dog politely. He appears briefly interested when solicited with play.
Summary (3):: 2/1-2/2: Rocko engages in soft bouncy play with female dogs.
Summary (4):: 2/4: Rocko engages in bouncy play.
Date of intake:: 1/29/2018
Summary:: Rocko had a loose body and allowed handling.
Date of initial:: 1/29/2018
Summary:: Rocko allowed handling.
ENERGY LEVEL:: Rocko’s previous owner described his 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:: When Rocko initially arrived at the shelter, he displayed warning behaviors in his kennel towards novel people (barking, distance increasing). However, once outside of his kennel, he displays more social behavior, seeking attention briefly and accepting treats gently. Rocko does have the potential for overarousal resulting in severe rope reactivity in which he has grabbed the leash in his mouth and continued to bite up the leash. He can not be distracted from the leash and will not trade for treats or for toys.
BEHAVIOR DETERMINATION:: ADULT ONLY HOME
Behavior Asilomar: TM – Treatable-Manageable
Recommendations:: No children (under 13)
Recommendations comments:: No children: Due to the high level of jumping and leash biting seen at the care center, 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: : Low threshold for arousal,House soiling,Basic manners/poor impulse control,Leash-biting
Potential challenges comments:: House soiling: Rocko 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: Rocko 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. Low threshold for arousal: Rocko quickly becomes over aroused in the presence of people, jumping up high and grabbing the leash. Positive reinforcement, force-free training should be used to teach Rocko to remain calm when people and other exciting things are around. He should be reward with treats when calm. If he escalates to jumping or leash biting, people should immediately walk away from and separate themselves from Rocko. Leash-biting: Rocko is quick to grab the leash in his mouth. We recommend walking him with a toy to dissuade him from grabbing the leash. Positive reinforcement, force-free training is advised to teach him to focus on you rather than grabbing the leash.
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