SKITTLES – A1103241
Safe - 3-3-2017 Brooklyn
SKITTLES – A1103241
**SAFER : EXPERIENCED HOME**
SPAYED FEMALE, BLACK / WHITE, LABRADOR RETR MIX, 8 mos
STRAY – STRAY WAIT, HOLD RELEASED Reason STRAY
Intake condition UNSPECIFIE Intake Date 02/08/2017, From NY 11236, DueOut Date 02/08/2017
Medical Behavior Evaluation GREEN
Medical Summary Microchip scan neg. FS, approx 8 mos. O: BARH. Very friendly, social, allows all handling. ORAL: All adult teeth present, excellent dental condition. Mild underbite. EENT: No oculonasal discharge. H/L: Lungs clear, mo murmurs/arrhythmias. ABD/UG: Female, spay scar palpable. MS: Amb x 4, no lameness. Mildly overweight BCS=6/9. INTEG: Full, clean, shiny haircoat. A: Age est 8 mos. Apparently healthy. P: Excellent prognosis. 40lbs
A volunteer writes: As you can see from her photo and videos, Skittles is a typical puppy: full of joy, energy, and affection she’s ready to share with any and all living things around her! Skittles loves to jump up and try to kiss and play with her people (she could use a bit of puppy training), and loves to play fetch– even though she’s still learning that part about bringing the ball back. 🙂 Besides having the cutest underbite in the world and the sweetest little wiggly body that can’t wait to come see you, Skittles has an exuberant and magnetic personality. She brightens up when she sees a new person or potential doggie playmate, and would love to have a new family or owner who can give her the playtime, love, and affection she needs. If you’ve been looking for a fun puppy who you can help train and bond with for life, come and meet Skittles at the Brooklyn ACC today!
Skittles came into the care center with a loose body, barking, and pulling on her leash. When she was approached by the counselor, she jumped on the counselor’s leg and was mouthy. She backed up when scanned but was still slow play behavior (play bow and mouthy). Skittles walked on the leash but was biting on the leash while playing and jumping on the counselor. She was receptive to treats and would take the gently from the counselor’s hand but did not appear to know the command sit. She maintained a loose body and wagging tail throughout the admissions process.
KNOWN HISTORY: None
Spayed female, Stray
Other notes: Skittles was relaxed and friendly, and energetic upon intake.
Look: 2. Dog pulls out of Assessor’s hands each time without settling during three repetitions. Dog was mouthy no pressure.
Sensitivity: 1. Dog stands still and accepts the touch, her eyes are averted, and her tail is in neutral position with relaxed body posture. Dog’s mouth is open 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.
Squeeze 1: 1. Dog does not respond at all for three seconds. Her eyes are averted and her ears are relaxed.
Squeeze 2: 1. Dog gently pulls back her paw.
Toy: 1. Dog settles close, keeps a firm grip and is loose and wiggly. She does not place her body between you and the toy.
Summary: Skittles showed no concerning behavior during her handling assessment.
DOG-DOG INTERACTION ASSESSMENT:
Skittles was surrendered as a stray so her past behavior around dogs is unknown. When off leash with dogs at the Care Center, Skittles displays conflicting body language when greeting male and female dogs. She play bows while barking and her arousal level beings to increase. Once in the pen, she displays high energy, lunging and jumping on the other dog’s back and nipping at their neck. She displays bouncy body language around the other dog before jumping on them again. When offered a correction for her inappropriate play style, Skittles reacts back. Due to the display of coarse social skills Skittles has displayed while here at the Care Center, the Behavior Department recommends that she not be placed in a home with other dogs at this time. Reward-based, force-free training can be utilized to counter-condition and desensitize Skittles to help her associate other dogs with positive experiences, such as toys or treats.
2/9: Skittles play bows and barks when greeting a novel male dog. Once in the pen, she rushes towards the other dog, jumping on his back and biting his neck. Her arousal level continues to increase and the session is ended.
2/10: Skittles continues to display the same behavior towards a female dog.
2/11: Skittles is able to display some bouncy body language around another playful dog before jumping on his back and biting at his neck.
Skittles was very friendly, social, allows all handling.
RECOMMENDATIONS: Experience (Suitable for a adopter with a previous amount of dog experience).
_X_Single-dog home/Recommend no dog parks: Due to the conflicting behavior Skittles has displayed towards other dogs, the Behavior Department recommends that she not be placed in a home with other dogs until her behavior towards other dogs can be further addressed.
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