ROMEO – 23468
Gone - 3-27-2018 Brooklyn
ROMEO – 23468
Intake Date: 3/22/18 Intake Type: Owner Surrender
Medical Behavior: Orange Sex: Male Age: 12 years
Weight: 49 lbs
DVM Intake Exam : Estimated age: ~12 yrs Microchip noted on Intake? no History : Owner surrender Subjective: BARH Observed Behavior – Tense, tail tucked, hackles raised, difficult to restrain, head whips when touched Evidence of Cruelty seen – no Evidence of Trauma seen – no Objective : P = WNL R = WNL BCS 4/9 EENT: Nuclear sclerosis, ears clean, no nasal or ocular discharge noted Oral Exam: Not performed PLN: No enlargements noted H/L: NSR, NMA, Lungs clear, eupnic ABD: Non painful, no masses palpated U/G: Male MSI: Ambulatory x 4, skin free of parasites, ~1cm soft raised mass RH lateral thigh, healthy hair coat CNS: Mentation appropriate – no signs of neurologic abnormalities Assessment: Geriatric, thin Prognosis: Good short term prognosis Plan: Continue to monitor while at BACC. SURGERY: Permanent waiver due to age
Let’s get to know each other a bit more…
Basic Information: Romeo is a 12 year old large gray and white male dog who was surrendered by his owner due to the fact she moved and cannot have pets in the home. She stated that she got Romeo from a breeder in Alabama when he was 3 months old.
Previously lived with: Owner
How is this dog around strangers? Owner stated that when around strangers Romeo can be fearful and aggressive. When playing with adults he is gentle.
How is this dog around children? Romeo has spent time in the home around a 3 and 4 year old children and when around them he is relaxed and affectionate. When playing with children Romeo is gentle.
How is this dog around other dogs? Romeo has not spent time in the home around dogs but he has spent time around other family members dogs and he is relaxed and playful.
How is this dog around cats? Romeo has spent time around another family members cat and is was relaxed and affectionate.
Resource guarding: Romeo isn’t bothered if someone was to touch his food treats or toys. If someone unfamiliar approaches his house or family member he will bark and growl.
Bite history: Romeo has no bite history.
Energy level/descriptors: Medium
Other Notes: Romeo isn’t bothered if he is restrained pushed off the couch or disturbed while he sleeps. He will tolerate being bathed and brushed but has never had his nails trimmed by his owner.
Has this dog ever had any medical issues? No
Medical Notes : No reported medical concerns.
For a New Family to Know : Owner described Romeo as friendly affectionate and mellow. When at home he likes to be in the same room as the family. He likes to play with balls and chew bones. He has been kept mostly indoors and eats dry dog food. When using the bathroom he will go on the grass or cement. When left alone in the home he is well behaved. he has never been left in a crate or the yard so it is unknown how he will react. Romeo knows how to sit come stay and lay down and give paw. He is used to brisk walks on the leash. When off the leash he might run away.
Behavior Notes: During intake Romeo was growling at the staff no handling was done.
Details on my behavior are…
Date of assessment: 25-Mar-2018
Summary: Romeo is highly uncomfortable in the care center and has only allowed minimal handling. Romeo escalates to threatening behavior when uncomfortable so out of concern for his stress level and staff safety, a handling assessment will not be performed.
PLAY GROUP :
According to Romeo’s previous owner, Romeo was relaxed and playful around other family members dogs.
3/23: When off leash at the Care Centers, Romeo greets the female helper with a tall posture and vibrating tail. Initially, he is comfortable with her presence, but when she moves to sniff his rear, he freezes before slowly turning towards her. Handlers immediately separate them after he ignores their interruption.
Date of intake: 22-Mar-2018
Summary: Romeo was growling, no handling attempted
Date of initial: 22-Mar-2018
Summary: Tense, tail tucked, hackles raised, difficult to restrain, head whips when touched.
ENERGY LEVEL: Romeo is reported to display a medium activity level in the care center.
BEHAVIOR DETERMINATION: NEW HOPE ONLY
Recommendations: No children (under 13), Place with a New Hope partner
Place with a New Hope partner: Romeo has not acclimated well to the kennel environment and has allowed only minimal handling since intake. We recommend placement with a New Hope partner who can provide any necessary behavior modification (force-free, positive reinforcement-based) and re-evaluate behavior in a stable home environment before placement into a permanent home.
No children (under 13): Based on the high level of fear and discomfort that Romeo displays towards novel stimuli, we believe he may best set up to succeed in an adult only home.
Potential challenges: Fearful/potential for defensive aggression, Potential challenges comments:
Fearful/potential for defensive aggression: Romeo has snapped during his stay in our care centers when uncomfortable; guidance from a professional trainer/behaviorist is recommended to assess behavior after decompression in a new home environment. Force-free, reward based training is advised when introducing or exposing Romeo to new and unfamiliar situations.
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