ROCKY M – A1101054
Urgent - Brooklyn
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ROCKY M – A1101054
**DOH HOLD RELEASED**SAFER : NEW HOPE RESCUE ONLY**
NEUTERED MALE, BLACK / WHITE, AM PIT BULL TER MIX, 3 yrs
OWNER SUR – ONHOLDHERE, HOLD FOR DOH-B Reason ATT ANIMAL
Intake condition UNSPECIFIE Intake Date 01/05/2017, From NY 11207, DueOut Date
Medical Behavior Evaluation BLUE
Medical Summary Microchip: Negative Sex: neutered Age: 3 years Eyes:clear Ears:clear Nose:clear Teeth:mild stainng Skin: shiny coat Hair Coat: Behavior: nervous during the exam but allow handling Skinny body condition- ribs easily seen on initial- put on tid feedings Medication:none
KNOWN HISTORY: Full Profile
Intact male, Owner Surrender
Previously lived with: One Adult
Behavior toward strangers: Rocky M will bark when a stranger approaches his home though once they are inside he will jump up and greet them.
Behavior toward children: Rocky M has not been exposed to children
Behavior toward dogs: Rocky M will bark and attempt to get off leash when he sees larger dogs on walks, he will ignore small dogs.
Behavior toward cats: None reported
Resource guarding: None reported
Bite history: Yes, Rocky M has slipped out of his collar and attacked another dog, drawing blood.
Housetrained: Rocky M is house-trained
Energy level/descriptors: Rocky M is described as a affectionate and mellow dog.
Other notes: Rocky M can be destructive at times and will chew on shoes in the home.
Summary: Rocky M has allowed some handling in the care center but he is tense and avoids interaction with his new caretakers. Rocky M will watch and track the humans around him carefully at all times. Due to the behaviors observed, and out of concern for his stress level, we do not feel it is appropriate to perform a handling assessment at this time. Please review the full owner surrender profile for information on Rocky M’s behavior in his previous home as a guideline.
Rocky M is muzzled and enters the pen displaying nervous body language, a lowered body and tucked tail. He shows no interest in greeting the female dog, remaining still in the middle of the pen. The female approaches him and begins sniffing him. He displays neutral body language and does not sniff her before becoming occupied with removing the muzzle.
During his initial medical examination, Rocky M appeared tense though allowed all handling.
RECOMMENDATIONS: New Hope Only
_X_No children (under 13)
_X_Recommend no dog parks
_X_Place with a New Hope partner (Due to the fear/avoidance behavior displayed in the care center, we cannot fully evaluate Rocky M and feel that he will be best set up to succeed through placement with a New Hope partner. We recommend only positive reinforcement-based, force-free training for Rocky M as aversive methods are likely to heighten his fear and increase aggression.)
_X_Fearful/potential for defensive aggression (Rocky M is extremely nervous around strangers and can be difficult to handle. He has no bite history with humans but shows clear signs of discomfort. It is important to respect those signs and to help Rocky M gain comfort and confidence in order to avoid escalation.)
_X_On-leash reactivity/barrier frustration
Rocky M was surrendered to the Care Center due to an incident with another dog. As per owner he was walking Rocky M when he got off leash and attacked the other dog. He was unable to provide more information.
Due to his DOH status, a muzzle was placed on him before he was allowed to greet another dog.
1/11: Rocky M is muzzled and enters the pen displaying nervous body language, a lowered body and tucked tail. He shows no interest in greeting the female dog, remaining still in the middle of the pen. The female approaches him and begins sniffing him. He displays neutral body language and does not sniff her before becoming occupied with removing the muzzle.
Incident: Owner was walking his dog Rocky when he slipped out of his collar and ran towards a neighbor’s dog. He bite the dog resulting in blood being drawn. Owner did not see the bites and neighbor claims the dog was taken to the vet and given meds. Owner was able to remove Rocky from the other dog. Owner did not wish to give neighbors information so cousnelor could follow up about the bite.
** Behavior Walks Only**
Rocky M was sitting at the front of his kennel with a tense body when I came to get him. He allowed me to place the rope on him but did not step out. I managed to coax him out after a few minutes and he walked with a low stiff body out to the pens. In the pen he allowed me to attach a leash to him and relieved himself, but otherwise he remained in the same place with a stiff body. I tried to give him a treat by tossing it to him but he showed no interest. He remained stationary and tense for our entire session. He was easy to get back on the rope, and he rushed into his kennel when we got back in the room.
1/11: Rocky M continues his same fearful behavior. He will not interact with the handler in the pen and he maintains a tucked tail and tense trembling body throughout the entire interaction. He allows light handling without any signs of defensive aggression.
1/6 Rocky M was curled in the back of his kennel. Rocky M became visibly shaken at the prospect of being taken outside of his kennel. Rocky M was fairly easy to rope as he was lying down and quivering and not moving much. Once outside his shivering increased and he would focus on me or the most recent source of his arousal. He would not move from his chosen spot and relieved himself without moving. Once he relieved himself Rocky M continued shaking would flinch when I touched him and overall appeared very incomftorable. I went to bring him back to his kennel but he began to balk on his way to his cage. However, he did enter without any issues.
1/8: Rocky M was sitting in the middle of his kennel with a low body when I approached, and he took a treat from my hand when I offered it to him. He slowly walked to the front when I opened the door and allowed me to put the rope on him and remove him from his kennel. He walked outside wtih a low tense body and a tucked tail. and he relieved himself as soon as we exited the building. I took him for a walk around the parking lot and he maintained his low tense body the entire time. He went back into his kennel with no problems.
1/9: Rocky M was sitting in a ball in his kennel with a lowered head and body when I approached his kennel. I easily managed to place the rope over his head and fully opened the door. He did not move at all once the door was opened and after some coaxing he slowly walked out the door. We slowly walked to the safer room and he had a low tense body with a tucked tail. As we entered the room, he stopped and immediately began defecating and peeing. He did not take the treats from my hand or from the ground, but stook still with wide eyes and closely followed my coworkers hand as he collared him. Once we took the drag leash off he remained close to the door with the same tucked tail and tense body. He moved and started sniffing the area a little, but the majority of the time stayed in the same spot visibly trembing. He walked right back into his kennel.
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