ROMEO – A1123681
Safe - 9-3-2017 Brooklyn
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ROMEO – A1123681
**SAFER: NEW HOPE ONLY**
NEUTERED MALE, TAN / WHITE, CHIHUAHUA SH MIX, 7 yrs
OWNER SUR – EVALUATE, NO HOLD Reason MOVE2PRIVA
Intake condition UNSPECIFIE Intake Date 08/29/2017, From NY 11429, DueOut Date 08/29/2017,
Medical Behavior Evaluation YELLOW
Medical Summary DVM Intake Exam 8/30/17 Estimated age: ~7yrs, neutered Microchip noted on Intake? No History : Owner surrender Subjective: Observed Behavior – QARH. Very nervous, tense, vocalizing with all handling including gentle petting, no attempts to bite Objective P = WNL R = WNL BCS 6/9 EENT: Eyes clear, ears clean, no nasal discharge noted Oral Exam: Severe dental disease, missing several teeth, severe tartar build up and gingival recession PLN: No enlargements noted H/L: NSR, NMA, CRT < 2, Lungs clear, eupnic ABD: Non painful, no masses palpated U/G: Neutered MSI: Ambulatory x 4, skin free of parasites, no masses noted, healthy hair coat CNS: mentation appropriate – no signs of neurologic abnormalities Assessment: Dental disease, overweight Plan: Continue to monitor while at BACC. Rec dental with extractions with placement Prognosis: Good
PROFILE: 08/29/17 19:02
Romeo is a small breed male dog who was surrendered due to his previous family moving out of stated and unable to bring him.
Around strangers Romeo is shy for a few minutes but will warm up afterward. Romeo has lived with children ages 4 years and older around them Romeo is relaxed and affectionate. Romeo plays gently with adults and children. Romeo has spent time with other small breed dogs and cats who he was relaxed and affectionate towards.
Romeo has never bitten another person or animal and has is not bothered by aloud sounds. Romeo is friendly when someone touches his food or bowl while he is eating, takes a treat/toy away, pushes/pulls him off of the furniture, disturbs him while he is resting/sleeping, holds/ restrains him, and trims his nails. If an unfamiliar person approaches his family/home Romeo will growl at them first and after a while will be friendly towards them.
For a New Family to Know:
Romeo is described as shy, pushy, and anxious with a medium activity level. When at home Romeo will follow around his family and likes to chew on bones. Romeo was kept indoors only and was fed both wet and dry food. Romeo is house trained and is well behaved when left alone in a house or yard. Romeo has not been crate trained and likes slow walks on a leash. When off leash Romeo will stay close by his owner’s side.
Romeo was tense at first and growled at staff during intake. Romeo then warmed up to staff and allowed staff to take pictures and scan for a microchip.
KNOWN HISTORY: Full profile
Neutered male, owner surrender
Previously lived with: Adults, children (ages 4+), and has spent time around other pets.
Behavior toward strangers: Initially growls, shy, but warms up.
Behavior toward children: Gentle
Behavior toward dogs: Relaxed, and affectionate
Behavior toward cats: Relaxed, and affectionate
Resource guarding: None reported
Bite history: None reported
Housetrained: Yes, Romeo has never been Crate trained.
Energy level/descriptors: Romeo is described as shy, pushy, and anxious with a medium activity level.
SAFER ASSESSMENT: 8/31/17
Unable to SAFER due to behavior concerns
Romeo is difficult to remove from the kennel, Yelping, cowering in the corner, and pulling away from the leash. He appears to be uncomfortable/afraid of the slip lead. He did not allow any handling from his caretakers. Out of concern for his stress levels and his response to restraint, we feel Romeo is not a great candidate for a handling assessment at this time. Please see his owner surrender profile for a full summary of his behavior in her previous home.
Toy 1: No interest.
Summary: When attempting a handling assessment, Romeo became tense, and began to yelp. He appears to be uncomfortable with any up-close handling.
According to Romeo’s previous owner, Romeo spent time around other dogs and is relaxed. When off leash at the Care Center, Romeo briefly greets a small group of male and female dogs before exploring the pens. He keeps to himself, and corrects long face to face greets.
According to Romeo’s previous owner, Romeo spent time around other dogs and is relaxed.
8/30-31: When off leash at the Care Center, Romeo briefly greets a small group of male and female dogs before exploring the pens. He keeps to himself, and corrects long face to face greets.
8/29/17: Romeo was tense, and growled at staff during intake. Romeo then warmed up to staff allowing pictures and scan for a microchip.
8/30/17 ; During the initial examination Romeo was very nervous, tense, vocalizing with all handling including gentle petting, no attempts to bite.
His previous owner describes Romeo as a shy/anxious dog. Romeo displayed low energy and movement throughout assessment.
Romeo will need daily mental and physical activity to keep him engaged and exercised.
_X_No children (under 13)-Romeo appears to extremely fearful, and become uncomfortable with up close handling, for these reasons we advise against a home with children at this time.
_X_Place with a New Hope partner-Romeo has not acclimated well to the kennel environment and has not allowed 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.
_X_Handling/touch sensitivity-Romeo has head flipped, and growls when attempting any handling, showed a discomfort with touch in certain areas. It is important to avoid touching Romeo’s paws at this time and being cautious when touching him in other areas as we do not know where he may have other sensitivities. Positive reinforcement, reward based training should be used to pair touch with good things such as food rewards in order to teach Romeo to be more comfortable with this.
_X_Fearful-Romeo is a bit fearful at the care center. It is important to always go slow and give Romeo the option to walk away from any social interaction Romeo should never be forced to approach anything that he is uncomfortable with or to submit to petting or handling. It should always be Romeo’s choice to approach a new person or thing. Romeo would do best in an initially calm and quiet home environment and should be given time to acclimate to his new surroundings.
_X_Anxiety-Romeo has shown some signs of potential anxiety in the care center, vocalizing (whining, yelping) continually through the SAFER and through play sessions outside. This behavior was reported during medical examination, in addition to owner information provided on Romeo’s behavior in the home.
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