SAMPSON – A1067559
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SAMPSON – A1067559
***SAFER : EXPERIENCED HOME / NO CATS***
MALE, WHITE / BROWN, HARRIER MIX, 1 yr
OWNER SUR – EVALUATE, NO HOLD
Reason TOO BIG
Intake condition UNSPECIFIE Intake Date 03/14/2016, From NY 11439, DueOut Date 03/14/2016,
Medical Behavior Evaluation GREEN
Scan negative M; 1 YO; 54.2 LB Very wiggly, energetic and attention seeking during exam; playful; very easy to handle EEN clear Skin and coat clear BARH NSF
Samson is a one year old white and brown Harrier mix. He was surrendered by his owner due to his size and not having the space to keep him. He was with his owner since he was a puppy and was a gift from a family friend. He is described as friendly, playful and confident.
Samson has lived with two adults and two children ages 6 and 8. Owner stated he is relaxed and plays somewhat rough with the children. Due to his size Samson would jump on the children and sometimes knock them down according to owner. Around strangers he is shy and takes time before he warms up but once he does is friendly and engages in exuberant play. He is relaxed and playful arund other dogs and owner stated he engages in somewhat rough play with smaller breed dogs. He will chase and bark at cats when he sees them.
Samson often destroys items in the home, owner stated he would dig at the plants and chew at plastic. He was crate trained and according to owner chewed through the metal crate bars and broke the crate. Samson is not bothered when his food is touched while eating or when a treat is taken away. He will growl playfully when a toy is taken away and engage in a game of tug of war. He tolerates bathing and when brushed he is fearful and will try to bite the brush. When held or restrained he is wiggly and lick. When someone approaches his home or rings the doorbell he will bark.
For a new family to know:
Samson’s activity level is described as high in the home, he likes to play chase and play with squeaky and stuffed toys. When home he tends to follow his owner around. He is housetrained and lived in a home with a yard. He is used to yard play and was not walked on a leash often. When in the yard he is well behaved. He knows the commands sit and give paw. He eats dry food Natural Balance brand and is fed twice a day. His favorite treats are rawhide and dental sticks.
Upon intake Samson was nervous and retreated from counselor. When attempting to collar he struggled and became mouthy. He warmed up after a few minutes with counselor and was receptive to treats. He allowed all handling counselor was able to collar, scan (negative) and photograph.
SAFER: EXPERIENCED HOME
Samson previously lived with two adults and two children ages 6 and 8 years old. The owner stated Samson is relaxed and plays somewhat rough with the children, due to his size he may knocked them down a few times. The owner mentioned Samson will chase and bark at cats when he sees them. It was reported by the owner Samson often destroys items in the home; he would dig at the plants and chew on plastic. The owner stated Samson is house trained, has a high activity level and when in the yard he is well behaved.
At intake it was reported Samson was nervous after he warmed up he took treats from the counselor, he allowed all handling. During SAFER Samson came into the assessment room calm and relaxed, he was friendly and social towards the assessor. He allowed all handling items to be conducted without issue. Samson was fearful with his body low during the tag interaction, and during the resources portion of the assessment Samson was easy to handle when engaged with the item. Samson is reported to show destructive behavior in the home, such as (chewing on plastic and dig at the plants). We are unaware of what, if any, attempts were made to remedy this behavior but we suggest to future adopters that Samson will need to be provided with physical and mental stimulation and with a variety of appropriate and engaging chew toys so Samson can engage in necessary chewing behavior without damage to human objects. The behavior department feels he can be suitable for an experience adopter and we recommend no cats in the household.
Look: 2. Dog pulls out of Assessor’s hands each time without settling during three repetitions.
Sensitivity: 1. Dog leans into the Assessor, eyes soft, soft and loose body, open mouth.
Tag: 1. Follows at end of leash, body low and a bit fearful.
Squeeze 1: 1. Dog gently pulls back his paw.
Squeeze 2:1. Dog gently pulls back his paw.
Toy: 1. Minimal interest in Toy, dog smells, then turns away.
Dog-dog: Samson engages in loose, bouncy play and may become sexually motivated but responds well to interruptions. He is slow to take corrections from other dogs and may miss subtle and not so subtle cues from other dogs to back away. Samson became overwhelmed in a small group of energetic females.
When off leash with other dogs, Samson approaches and greets with a lowered body and tucked tail. Initially he avoids interacting with the helper dog but he eventually warms up and reciprocates play with bows and bounces. He is tolerant of a pushy female but also may become sexually motivated, attempting to mount.
3/16 update: Samson engages in loose, bouncy play and may become sexually motivated but responds well to interruptions. He is slow to take corrections from other dogs and may miss subtle and not so subtle cues from other dogs to back away. Samson became overwhelmed in a small group of energetic females.
3/17 update: Samson will engage in loose, bouncy play with other dogs. He becomes uncomfortable but tolerant when the play is high energy and the dog is pushy.
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