SAPPHIRE – A1103726
Safe - 2-26-2017 Manhattan
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SAPPHIRE – A1103726
**SAFER: EXPERIENCED HOME**
SPAYED FEMALE, TAN / WHITE, AM PIT BULL TER MIX, 3 yrs
STRAY – STRAY WAIT, NO HOLD Reason STRAY
Intake condition UNSPECIFIE Intake Date 02/14/2017, From NY 10026, DueOut Date 02/17/2017,
Medical Behavior Evaluation No Initial Behavior
Medical Summary No Initial Exam
A volunteer writes:
KNOWN HISTORY: None 2/14/17
Unaltered Female, Stray
SAFER ASSESSMENT: 2/15/17
Look: 1. Dog jumps up to lick the Assessor’s face with tail wagging, ears back and eyes averted.
Sensitivity: 1. Dog leans into the Assessor, eyes soft or squinty, soft and loose body, open mouth.
Tag: 3. Dog jumps up and grabs leash, mouths assessor, takes time to settle.
Squeeze 1: 2. Dog gently places her open mouth over the Assessor’s hand without applying pressure.
Squeeze 2: 2. Dog gently places her open mouth over the Assessor’s hand without applying pressure.
Toy: 1. Dog settles close, keeps a firm grip and is loose and wiggly. She does not place his body between you and the toy.
Summary: Sapphire was social throughout her assessment but displayed a high level of mouthing with moderate pressure and jumping up. These behaviors appeared to be done in an attention seeking, playful manner.
DOG-DOG INTERACTION ASSESSMENT:
2/16: When introduced off leash to other dogs in the care center, Sapphire is solicitous and playful.
MEDICAL BEHAVIOR: 2/14/17
During her initial medical exam Sapphire allowed handling
We have no history on Sapphire so we cannot be certain of her behavior in a home environment. In the care center, she has displayed a high level of activity. During her assessment, she jumped up moderately on the assessor, the jumping appeared to be aimed at getting closer to the assessor and soliciting attention. She is a young, enthusiastic, social dog who will need daily mental and physical activity to keep her engaged and exercised. We recommend long-lasting chews, food puzzles, and hide-and-seek games, in additional to physical exercise, to positively direct her energy and enthusiasm.
RECOMMENDATIONS: Experience (suitable for an adopter with some previous dog experience, especially with behaviors outlined below)
_X_No young children (under 5): Due to her high level of arousal when playing and how quick she is to put her mouth on people when excited, we recommend a home without young children.
_X_Basic manners/Poor impulse control (It is recommended that default behaviors such as “Leave it”, “Sit/Stay”, “Down” are reinforced to substitute any frustration and teach her to control her impulses instead of simply reacting; proper management is also advised. Force-free, reward based training only is recommended.)
_X_Mouthiness/Poor bite inhibition (Sapphire was mouthy throughout the assessment, at times applying a moderate amount of pressure, and is quick to put her teeth on skin. This is likely an attention-seeking or play behavior, but it should be replaced with an alternative behavior as it can frighten people. We recommend never playing with bare hands – always with a toy – and ending play or attention whenever Sapphire puts teeth on skin. She should be rewarded with attention and treats when she stops and/or when she is seeking attention in alternate ways.)
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