ROSCOE – A1121051
Safe - 8-13-2017 Brooklyn
ROSCOE – A1121051
**SAFER : EXPERIENCED HOME / NO YOUNG CHILDREN**
MALE, BLACK / BROWN, GERM SHEPHERD / AM PIT BULL TER, 11 yrs
OWNER SUR – EVALUATE, NO HOLD Reason NO TIME
Intake condition EXAM REQ Intake Date 08/06/2017, From NY 11212, DueOut Date 08/06/2017,
Medical Behavior Evaluation BLUE
Medical Summary Estimated age: 11 years based on owner Microchip noted on Intake? No. Presents as owner surrender. Nervous / Tense- rope muzzle used. Allowed all handling during physical examination P = 126 R = 30 BCS 5/9 EENT: Eyes clear, ears clean, no nasal discharge noted Oral Exam: Limited examination done due to muzzle- moderate tartar noticed on canine- mm pink/moist PLN: No enlargements noted H/L: NSR, NMA, CRT < 2, Lungs clear, eupnic ABD: Non painful, no masses palpated U/G: Left testicle descended, Right testicle not descended- not palpated in inguinal ring- r/o abdominal cryptorchid MSI: Ambulatory x 4, skin free of parasites, no masses noted, healthy hair coat CNS: mentation appropriate – no signs of neurologic abnormalities Assessment: Suspect Abdominal Crytorchid Plan: No medications necessary at this time. Prognosis: Excellent SURGERY: Permanent waiver due to age
Roscoe is an 11 year old male that has no past or current medical issues that the owner is aware of. Owner has had Roscoe for 11 years but had to no time.
According to the owner, around strangers Roscoe will bark at first. As per owner, it can take him a few hours to become comfortable. He has been around a 9 year old child that was the owner’s neighbor’s child and at first he would bark at the child but once comfortable, he was relaxed. Owner had 2 other female large breed dogs in the home (Roscoe’s mother and sister) and stated that he was always relaxed and respectful around them. When owner takes Roscoe outside for walks and he would see other dogs, he would bark. He has never been around a cat so behavior is unknown. Roscoe does not have a bite history.
When there are fireworks or a thunderstorm, Roscoe gets nervous and hides. He is not bothered when owner would take away his food, treats or toys, being pushed off furniture, being held/restrained, when the owner would disturbs him while sleeping, being given a bath and having his coat brushed. Owner has never tried trimming Roscoe’s nails so behavior is unknown. When unfamiliar people would approach the home or yard, Roscoe will bark.
For a New Family to Know:
Roscoe is described as friendly, affectionate, playful and mellow. He has a medium activity level and likes to play with balls and bones. In the home, he likes to follow the owner around from room to room. Roscoe was kept mostly indoors only and is house trained. When left home alone in the yard or home, Roscoe was always well behaved. He knows the cues sit, come and paw. For exercise, Roscoe was taken on slow walks on the leash, brisk walks on the leash and was taken to the park on leash. When on leash, Roscoe tends to pull very hard. Owner has never tried to walk him off leash as he would run away.
Behavior during intake: Roscoe had a stiff body during intake and was barking and growling. Counselor had owner scan for a mc and muzzle animal as the animal would not allow any handling,
KNOWN HISTORY: Full profile
Unaltered male, owner surrender (length of time in previous home 11 years)
Previously lived with: Adults, 2 other dogs, and has been around 1 child (age 9 years old).
Behavior toward strangers: Initially barks, but warms up after a few moments.
Behavior toward children: Bark, then becomes relaxed after some time.
Behavior toward dogs: Relaxed with family pets, barks at dogs outside of the home.
Behavior toward cats: Unknown
Resource guarding: None reported
Bite history: None reported
Energy level/descriptors: According to the owner Roscoe is described as friendly, affectionate, playful and mellow. He has a medium activity level. Roscoe tends to pull very hard on leash.
Look: 2. Dog’s eyes are averted. His body posture is stiff and fearful; his tail is low and not moving. He allows head to be held loosely in Assessor’s cupped hands.
Sensitivity: 2. Dog stands still and accepts the touch, his eyes are averted, his tail is down, body tense, and body low, mouth closed, ears back, and lip lick.
Tag: 1. Follows at end of leash, body bit tense, and remained wary.
Flank squeeze 1: 1. Dog does not respond at all.
Flank squeeze 1: 1. Dog does not respond at all.
Toy 1: No interest.
Summary: During the assessment Roscoe was a bit anxious, and wary. He remained tense; though he allowed all handling with a slow approach.
According to his previous guardian, Roscoe had lived with two large female dogs and was relaxed and respectful towards them. He would bark at novel dogs while on walks.
8/7: When off leash with dogs at the Care Center, Roscoe briefly greets a novel female through the gate before wandering. When they are introduced face to face, he becomes sexually motivated, displaying a high vibrating tail and persistently licking her genitals.
8/8: Roscoe continues to display a high vibrating tail when introduced to a novel male dog. He attempts to mount, but responds to handler interruption.
At intake Roscoe had a stiff body during intake and was barking and growling. Counselor had owner scan for a mc and muzzle Roscoe as he would not allow any handling.
During the initial examination Roscoe was nervous/tense- rope muzzle was used. Allowed all handling during physical examination.
His previous owner describes Roscoe as mellow, affectionate dog. Roscoe displayed low energy and movement throughout assessment. Roscoe will need daily mental and physical activity to keep him engaged and exercised.
RECOMMENDATIONS: Experience (suitable for an adopter with some previous dog experience, especially with the (behaviors outlined below).
_X_ No young children (under 5)- Roscoe seems a bit uncomfortable with some handling and may be most comfortable in a home without very young children, due to his age, and low tolerance for quick movements. Dog-savvy young children can be considered pending interaction. He otherwise shows good coping skills, even when uncomfortable, and has been quite human social with his caretakers in the care center.
_X_ Handling/touch sensitivity- Roscoe has been noted to become uncomfortable with some handling at times. It is important to always go slow and give Roscoe the option to walk away from any social interaction. He should never be forced to approach anything that he is uncomfortable with or to submit to petting or handling. It should always be Roscoe’s choice to approach a new person or thing. He may do best in an initially calm and quiet home environment and should be given time to acclimate to his new surroundings.
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