ALMOND JOY aka ROCKY – A1091333
Safe - 10-11-2016 Manhattan
ALMOND JOY aka ROCKY – A1091333
**SAFER : EXPERIENCED HOME**
MALE, BROWN / WHITE, AM PIT BULL TER MIX, 2 yrs
OWNER SUR – EVALUATE, NO HOLD Reason PETS CONFL
Intake condition EXAM REQ Intake Date 09/26/2016, From NY 10033, DueOut Date 09/26/2016,
Medical Behavior Evaluation No Initial Behavior
Medical Summary No Initial Exam
A volunteer writes: Mmmmmmmm, Almond Joy…..zesty on the inside and wrapped in a delicious chocolate coat. How well that describes our four legged Almond Joy! Wrapped in a gorgeous shiny mahogany color coat, our boy has a zesty personality. Housetrained, great on leash, he executes a perfect sit when asked, takes treats gently and shakes both paws. AJ also looks like he is about to sit up on his two hind legs but I haven’t figured out if there is a cue for that and/or if he’s really about to do it. Posing like a model for pictures, he’s very serious about this all, but every once in a while his upper lip got caught in a tooth and made him look just so silly. Shhhh, don’t tell him, as it’s obvious he takes great pride in his awesome good looks! Giving me kisses, draping himself over my lap, AJ ignores other dogs that pass us by as we snuggle. Surrendered to our care as his former owner’s other dogs didn’t like him, we’re told he lived with children ages, 5,12 and 15 and sometimes plays a bit too rough because he likes to play jump, he doesn’t guard his things, gets bathed without problem, and likes to be in the same room with his person. Although his former person’s dogs didn’t like him, our helper dog did engaging in “exuberant play”. AJ is looking for an active home where lots of physical and mental exercise is on the daily to do list. He’s a smart dog who needs an equally smart person by his side. If that describes you, he’s hoping you’ll stop by to meet him today.
Almond joy is a one year old pit bull who spent the past 2-3 months with his previous owner. Before that, he lived with his previous owner’s son who had to give him to her because he was going away to college. Most recent owner brought him to the ACC because her other dogs did not like him.
Almond Joy was reported to be friendly around strangers. he lived with children aged 5, 12, and 15. He is sometimes a little rough with the younger ones because he likes to jump on them when he is playing. He will mount pretty much any female (human or animal) that he meets. He lived with other dogs, who he was tolerant of. They would try to bite him, though, and if they did this he would bite back. He has never lived with cats.
Almond joy is house trained. He will allow people to take his food, toys, and treats away. He will allow to be restrained. He allows baths.
For a New Family to know
Almond joy was reported to have a high activity level. He will follow his owner around the house and whines if they are not in the room. He is used to eating dry food and taking a slow walk with other dogs at least once a day.
Behavior During Intake
Almond joy allowed for collaring. Every time the counselor would get near him, he would attempt to mount.
Unaltered, Owner Surrender
Previously lived with: Adults/children/dogs
Behavior toward children: Friendly/Jumpy
Behavior toward dogs: Tolerant/tries to mount
Behavior toward cats: Unknown
FG/RG: None reported
Bite history: None reported
Housetrained: None reported
Energy level/descriptors: High energy
Other notes: During intake, Almond joy allowed for collaring. Every time the counselor would get near him, he would attempt to mount.
Look: 3. Dog jumps on the Assessor, consistently rubs his shoulder on the Assessor, and will not allow Assessor to conduct the assessment.
Sensitivity: 2. Dog displays high energy and movement, but it is directed toward getting closer to the Assessor. His body is soft, likely panting, may jump up between attempts to lick Assessor.
Tag: 2. Follows at end of leash, body soft, jumpy, trying to mount the assessor.
Squeeze 1: 1. Dog gently pulls back his paw.
Squeeze 2: 1. Dog does not respond at all for three seconds.
Toy: 1. Dog settles down close to chew, will relinquish toy to you.
Summary: Almond Joy became overexcited during handling, jumping up, trying to mount the assessor and was hard to position, but showed no aggression.
Previous owner cites “He lived with other dogs, who he was tolerant of. They would try to bite him, though, and if they did this he would bite back”. When introduced off leash to another dog in the care center, Almond Joy engages in exuberant play. The behavior team feels that should require in-depth consultation on the behaviors observed in our care center and in previous home, and slow introduction with any resident dogs in a future home.
Almond Joy became very tense and struggled when being examined for initial medical examination.
ENERGY LEVEL: Displays high energy in shelter; High energy reported in home
_X_Basic manners/Poor impulse control (It is recommended that default behaviors such as “Leave it”, “Sit/Stay”, “Down” are reinforced to substitute frustration and teach him to control his impulses instead of simply reacting; proper management is also advised. Force-free, reward based training is recommended.)
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