SAMANTHA – 17481
Safe - 1-10-2018 Brooklyn
RTO SAFE 01/10/18
SAMANTHA – 17481
**SAFER: NEW HOPE ONLY**
Care Center Location: Brooklyn, ZIP Code From: 11225, Intake Date: 1/2/18
Intake Type: Stray, Medical Behavior: Orange, Age: 9 years, Sex: Female, Weight: 61 lbs
DVM Intake Exam; Estimated age: ~9yrs; Microchip noted on Intake? No; History : Possible reunification; Subjective: BARH; Observed Behavior – Tense, tail tucked, growling when started petting, difficult to handle; Objective ; P = WNL R = WNL BCS 5/9; EENT: Nuclear sclerosis, ears clean, no nasal discharge noted; Oral Exam: Mild dental staining, pink mm; PLN: No enlargements noted; H/L: NSR, NMA, CRT < 2, Lungs clear, eupnic; ABD: Non painful, no masses palpated U/G: Female, no spay scar seen; MSI: Ambulatory x 4, skin free of parasites, no masses noted, healthy hair coat; CNS: mentation appropriate – no signs of neurologic abnormalities; Assessment: Geriatric; Plan: Continue to monitor while at BACC; Prognosis: Good; SURGERY: Permanent waiver due to age
Let’s get to know each other a bit more…
Samantha is a 9 year old female blonde large dog. She came into BACC with the police after owner was found deceased.
Previously lived with: unknown
How is this dog around strangers? Samantha is shy around strangers and but will warm up after a few minutes. she will growl if to many people crowd around her.
How is this dog around children? unknown
How is this dog around other dogs? unknown
How is this dog around cats? unknown
Resource guarding: unknown
Bite history: unknown
Upon intake Samantha was timid but she allowed collaring and growl when every more than two people surrounded her.
Details on my behavior are…
Means of surrender (length of time in previous home): Stray
Behavior toward strangers: Shy, warms up though will growl if crowded
Date of assessment: 7-Jan-2018
Summary: Samantha remains highly uncomfortable with handling and direct touch, also displays appropriate warning signals (growling) when approached. Out of concern for her stress level, a handling assessment will not be performed at this time.
Summary (1): Samantha was surrender as a stray so her past behavior with other dogs is unknown.
1/3: Samantha is extremely uncomfortable with most handling and offers clear warnings when handlers are near. Due to these behaviors, an off-leash introduction is not conducted. She greets the other dog at the gate with a neutral posture.
Date of intake: 2-Jan-2018
Summary: Timid though allowed being collared; growled when approached by more than one person
Date of initial: 2-Jan-2018
Summary: Tense, tail tucked, growling
ENERGY LEVEL: Samantha’s energy level cannot be appropriately assessment in the care center due to the level of fear and discomfort she has displayed.
BEHAVIOR DETERMINATION: NEW HOPE ONLY
TM – Treatable-Manageable
No children (under 13)
Place with a New Hope partner
New hope only: Samantha 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 observations made in shelter in regards to Samantha’s fear and handling sensitivity, we are recommending an adult only home at this time.
Fearful/potential for defensive aggression
Potential challenges comments:
Fearful/potential for defensive aggression: Samantha has been observed to display fearful behavior during her stay at our care centers, at times avoiding interaction and shying away from direct touch. Samantha may startle easily and is made uncomfortable by loud noises and sudden movement. She displays proper warning signals as well as increasing distance from anything that may present a threat. We cannot be certain if any other behavior is suppressed as a result of his environment. A period of decompression is advised before introduction or exposure to new and unfamiliar situations. Force-free, reward based training is advised.
Handling sensitivity: Samantha has been noted to become uncomfortable with handling at times, growling upon approach. It is important to always go slow and give Samantha the option to walk away from any social interaction. Samantha should never be forced to approach anything that she is uncomfortable with or to submit to petting or handling. It should always be Samanthaâ€™s choice to approach a new person or thing. Samantha may do best in an initially calm and quiet home environment and should be given time to acclimate to her/his new surroundings.
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