SASHA FIERCE – 19838
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Hello, my name is Sasha Fierce . My animal id is #19838. I am a female brown dog at the Manhattan Animal Care Center. The shelter thinks I am about 4 years 1 weeks old.
I came into the shelter as a owner surrender on 03-Feb-2018, with the surrender reason stated as person circumstance- cannot afford to care for.
Sasha Fierce is at risk for medical reasons, having been diagnosed with Canine Infectious Respiratory Disease Complex, which is contagious to other dogs. Behaviorally, we suggest that Sasha Fierce would be best suited to a dog experienced home.
Let’s get to know each other a bit more…
A volunteer writes: She is…Sasha Fierce! Even Beyonce can’t outshine this gorgeous girl when it comes to looking fine and dancing like she was born to it but what makes our Sasha extra extra special is her wonderfully friendly approach to everyone she meets and every species she sees. Sasha grew up right alongside a cat and lived in harmony with a small dog, a turtle and…wait for it…a lizard! It was a full house well suited to her heart full of love and we’re told she interacted gently with her cat, playfully with her dog and enjoyed watching her turtle and lizard inside their tanks. Exuberant and fun, Sasha’s a real tomboy who loves to roughhouse and go on adventures but she has her cuddly side too and is always happy to share a snuggle session on the nearest lap. Despite her high energy levels and general bounciness, she seems to have been nicely trained and walks like a dream on leash, does all her business in the street and greets other dogs politely in playgroup. Once the camera comes out she’s a consummate professional, striking a perfect sit on command and giving her best beaming smile–Queen Bey would be proud! We’re told Sasha’s spent time playing with kids of all ages but was never given any toys of her own so she’s still got some learning to do regarding what is and isn’t for chewing and a home with no small children would suit her best for now. She’s been crate trained and does well in it but spent far too long between walks in her previous home so her ideal family will enjoy getting out and about as much as she does. Fish gotta swim, birds gotta fly and Sasha gotta play and frolic as her puppy heart desires! Teach her well, feed her even better and offer her plenty of toys and friends to play with and there’s no limit to the depth of this girl’s potential. Sasha Fierce is a superstar just waiting for her chance to shine, welcome her home and give her the spotlight she deserves!
My medical notes are…
Weight: 34 lbs
Details on my behavior are…
Behavior Condition: 1. Green
Date of intake:: 2/4/2018
Spay/Neuter status:: No
Means of surrender (length of time in previous home):: Owner Surrender (In home for 4 years)
Previously lived with:: An adult, a small dog, a cat, a turtle, and a lizard
Behavior toward strangers:: Friendly, outgoing, and exuberant
Behavior toward children:: Relaxed, playful, and exuberant
Behavior toward dogs:: Relaxed and playful with the dog she lived with
Behavior toward cats:: Relaxed and playful
Resource guarding:: None reported
Bite history:: None reported
Energy level/descriptors:: Sasha is described as friendly, affectionate, playful, and excitable with a high level of activity.
Date of assessment:: 2/7/2018
Look:: 1. Dog’s eyes are averted, with tail wagging and ears back. Allows head to be held loosely in Assessor’s cupped hands.
Sensitivity:: 1. Dog stands still and accepts the touch, eyes are averted, and tail is in neutral position with a relaxed body posture. Dog’s mouth is likely closed for at least a portion of the assessment item.
Tag:: 1. Dog assumes play position and joins the game. Or dog indicates play with huffing, soft ‘popping’ of the body, etc. Dog might jump on Assessor once play begins.
Paw squeeze 1:: 2. Dog gently places open mouth over the Assessor’s hand without applying pressure.
Paw squeeze 2:: 2. Dog gently places open mouth over the Assessor’s hand without applying pressure.
Flank squeeze 1:: Item not conducted
Flank squeeze 2:: Item not conducted
Toy:: 1. Minimal interest in toy, dog may smell or lick, then turns away.
Summary:: Sasha Fierce quickly approached the assessor in the assessment room with a soft body. She jumped up in a playful manner several times during the assessment, and mouthed the assessor’s hands, applying light pressure. She was social throughout and allowed all handling.
Summary (1):: 2/7: When introduced to the male greeter dog, Sasha Fierce greets politely with soft body and wagging tail. She does not engage in play but will encourage interaction from the other dog. Due to limited observation, slow future introductions are recommended between Sasha Fierce and respectful dogs.
Date of intake:: 2/4/2018
Summary:: Sasha Fierce had a relaxed body, jumped up to greet, and allowed handling.
Date of initial:: 2/4/2018
Summary:: Sasha Fierce had a soft body, jumped up, and allowed handling.
ENERGY LEVEL:: Sasha Fierce’s previous owner described her as having a high level of activity. 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.
IN SHELTER OBSERVATIONS:: Sasha Fierce consistently displays highly social behavior with her human caretakers outside of her kennel. She maintains a loose wiggly body throughout interactions and solicits attention from handlers.
BEHAVIOR DETERMINATION:: EXPERIENCE (suitable for an adopter with some previous dog experience, especially with the behaviors outlined below)
Behavior Asilomar: TM – Treatable-Manageable
Recommendations:: No young children (under 5)
Recommendations comments:: No young children: Due to the level of jumping and mouthing seen at the care center, we recommend a home without young children. Older children who are comfortable around large, jumpy dogs should have an in-depth interaction prior to adoption.
Potential challenges: : Basic manners/poor impulse control,Mouthiness/poor bite inhibition
Potential challenges comments:: Basic manners/poor impulse control: Sasha Fierce jumps up a lot of people in a social manner. 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. Mouthiness/poor bite inhibition: While she applies only light pressure, Sasha Fierce was mouthy throughout the assessment and is quick to put her teeth on skin. This is likely an attention-seeking 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 Sasha Fierce 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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