SHAKEY – 19870
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SHAKEY – 19870
Care Center Location: Staten Island , ZIP Code From: 10304, Intake Type: Owner surrender
Medical Behavior: Green , Age: 5 years, Sex: Male, Weight: 56 lbs
DVM Intake Exam; Estimated age: 5 years; History : owner surrender; Subjective: Observed Behavior – friendly; Objective ; BCS 4-5/9; EENT: Eyes clear, AU-thickened, erythema, brown debris, no nasal or ocular discharge noted; Oral Exam: mild dental calc; PLN: No enlargements noted; H/L: NSR, NMA, CRT < 2, Lungs clear, eupneic; ABD: Non painful, no masses palpated; U/G: MI, 2 descended testicles, enlargement of mammary teats; MSI: Ambulatory x 4, skin free of parasites, alopecia and erythema at ventral abdomen, patchy alopecia/erythema at limbs; CNS: Mentation appropriate – no signs of neurologic abnormalities; Assessment; otitis externa; enlarged mammary glands- R/O testicular tumor vs other; alopecia/dermatitis- R/O atopy vs food allergy vs estrogen-secreting testicular tumor vs mites vs other; Prognosis: fair; Plan: continue simplicef and osurnia; CBC/chemistry; SURGERY: Okay for surgery
A Little Bit About Me…
A staff member writes: Shakey came to us with another dog because the caretaker was unable to take care of all of the dogs in the home. He is outgoing and friendly pooch that appears to have some sort of dermatitis skin issue
Let’s get to know each other a bit more…
Basic Information: Shakey is a 4 year old unneutered male. Owner had Shakey since June of 2017 but had to surrender due to personal problems
Previously lived with: 1 Adult
How is this dog around strangers? Around strangers, Shakey is friendly and outgoing.
How is this dog around children? Owner did not have any children in the home but did have a 2 year old grandchild that would come over to the home frequently but the animal was kept separate from the child so behavior is unknown.
How is this dog around other dogs? Owner had a female (medium sized) animal in the home and stated that Shakey and Nessy were always relaxed and respectful around each other.
How is this dog around cats? Owner did not have any cats so behavior is unknown
Resource guarding: Owner has never tried to take away Shakey’s food, treats or toys so behavior is unknown.
Bite history: Shakey bit 1 person over 2 years ago. He has not had a bite history since then.
Energy level/descriptors: Medium
Other Notes: Owner has never tried to take away Shakey’s food, treats or toys or push the animal off furniture so behavior is unknown. He is not bothered when someone holds him back/restrains him, being disturbed while sleeping, being given a bath and having his coat brushed. When an unfamiliar person would approach the home or yard or trim his nails, Shakey would bark
For a New Family to Know:
Shakey is described as friendly, affectionate, playful, excitable and independent. He has a medium activity level and likes to play with balls. Shakey was kept mostly indoors and is not house trained. Owner stated that Shakey would have accidents several times a day where he would urinate and defecate in the home. Owner fed Shakey dry food only brand Alpo and Gravy Train. When left alone in the home, Shakey was well behaved. Owner has never left Shakey alone in the yard so behavior is unknown. Owner stated that Shakey is crate trained and would spend 8 hours a day in the crate without any issues. He knows the cues sit and stay. For exercise, Shakey was taken on slow walks on the leash and be let out in the yard to play. When on leash, Shakey tends to pull lightly. Owner was able to walk him off leash and stated that he would stay by the owners side.
Details on my behavior are…
Means of surrender (length of time in previous home): Owner surrender (in previous home for 7 months)
Previously lived with: 1 adult, one medium sized dog
Behavior toward strangers: Social, friendly, and outgoing
Behavior toward children: Unknown – was kept separate from children when they came to visit
Behavior toward dogs: relaxed and respectful with other resident dog
Behavior toward cats: Unknown
Resource guarding: None reported
Bite history: Yes, over two years ago.
During an argument in the home, Shakey offered a warning bark, growl, and then nip/scratch on a visiting relativeâ€™s hand that was shouting at the owner. He released immediately, left red marks and a scratch but did not break skin.
Energy level/descriptors: Shakey is described as friendly, affectionate, playful, excitable and independent with a medium activity level.
Other Notes: Owner reports Shakey is crate trained.
Date of assessment: 5-Feb-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 leans into the Assessor, eyes soft or squinty, soft and loose body, open mouth.
Tag: 2. Dog is not fearful, but is unresponsive when touched. Approaches the Assessor when the game ends (may need coaxing to approach). Dog is focused on stimuli other than the Assessor.
Paw squeeze 1: 2. Dog quickly pulls back.
Paw squeeze 2: 2. Dog quickly pull back.
Toy: 1. Dog settles close, keeps a firm grip and is loose and wiggly. Dog does not place his/her body between you and the toy.
Summary: Shakey was fairly distracted during his assessment, at times focused on other stimuli, though displayed no behavior concerns.
2/5/2018: Shakey plays in the yard with his housemate, tolerant of other dog’s mouthiness. They bounce and hop, at times play exuberantly, other times wander the yard together and separately.
2/6: Shakey continues play in the yard with his mouthy housemate. They began playing tug with their drag leashes and both began to vocalize. Handlers stepped in to correct, which both dogs responded and let go, the leashes were removed. Both dogs engaged in running play and explored the yard with the company of each other.
Date of intake: 3-Feb-2018
Summary: During intake, Shakey allowed all handling.
Date of initial: 3-Feb-2018
Summary: During his initial medical exam, Shakey was social and allowed all handling.
ENERGY LEVEL: His owner reports Shakey as having a medium level of energy which matches what we have seen in the care center.
IN SHELTER OBSERVATIONS: Shakey is social and interactive with all staff. He leans into handlers and solicits petting. Shakey walks well on leash for walks and will eliminate almost immediately when taken outside.
BEHAVIOR DETERMINATION: EXPERIENCE (suitable for an adopter with some previous dog experience, especially with the behaviors outlined below)
TM – Treatable-Manageable
Recommendations: No young children (under 5)
Recommendations comments: Based on Shakeyâ€™s history, he seems a bit uncomfortable with quick movement and loud noises. He may be most comfortable in a home without very young children. He otherwise shows good coping skills, even when uncomfortable, and has been quite human social with his caretakers in the care center.
Potential challenges: House soiling
Potential challenges comments:
House Soiling: Shakey is reported to have frequent accidents in the home, and appears not to have been housetrained in the past. He will need guidance and consistency to learn to eliminate outside. We recommend continuing crate training (the crate must be made positive and never used as a punishment), frequent walks, rewards for eliminating outside (treats and praise), and a consistent feeding schedule. Accidents should never be punished as it can damage the human-dog relationship and is likely to make the problem worse. We recommend ONLY force-free, reward-based, positive reinforcement training methods.
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