STAR – A1080610
Safe - 7-15-2016 Manhattan
STAR – A1080610
***SAFER : EXPERIENCED HOME / NO YOUNG CHILDREN***
FEMALE, BLACK / BROWN, ROTTWEILER MIX, 2 yrs
OWNER SUR – EVALUATE, NO HOLD Reason NO TIME
Intake condition UNSPECIFIE Intake Date 07/09/2016, From NY 10467, DueOut Date 07/12/2016,
Medical Behavior Evaluation GREEN
Medical Summary Microchip: negative Sex: female Age 2 years Mentation: BARH Eyes: clear Ears: clean Nose: clear Teeth: slight staining If abnormal BCS: 3 Skin: WNL Hair Coat: APH Declawed: No Any injuries: none present Behavior: Social and relax during the exam Medication: none NOSF
A volunteer writes: Impossible to miss in her kennel, her huge smile had me at ‘hello’. She’s gorgeous and every bit the STAR, and when I was photographing her she posed so perfectly I guess she’s used to have her photo taken. I was waiting for her to say, “I’m ready for my close-up now Mr. DeMille”! Surrendered to our care as her family no longer has time for her, we’re told she lived with a young child, likes to jump and give kisses to adults, is playful with other dogs, is housetrained and well behaved when left home alone. She loves baths and getting wet and is patient while getting groomed. Star knows ‘sit’, ‘come’, ‘say please’ (at which point she may roll on her back for a treat), eats both dog food and people food. Star is a head turner, and I found myself straightening my clothes as we walked to the park to be worthy of such a stunning companion. She ignores other dogs we pass, and alternates between pulling a bit on leash and walking nicely. Leaning in for some petting, she clearly loves people and attention but isn’t demanding, accepting it graciously when offered. I left our pen for a few minutes and when I returned she had been waiting patiently and quietly, happy to welcome me back. She’s a terrific girl and I kept wishing her little stubby tail was longer so I could see it wag as she’s a happy friendly pup. Shouldn’t she be yours?
Star has last seen a vet about a year ago and has recieved her shots. Star is very friendly around strangers and children of all ages and has lived with a child since she was young. She likes to jump and give kisses to adults. She has not lived with another dog but she always gets along with other dogs and interacts with them friendly and playfully and never commences an aggresive interaction. She has never bitten another dog or person. Her behavior up close with cats is unknown but sh seems curious about them from a distance.
Star is perfectly house trained and is well behaved when left home alone. Star is not scared of loud noises. Star does not mind if you touch or take her food, she might just try to shove it down before it is gone :-). She also doesn’t mind if you take away her toys or treats. She loves getting baths and being wet and will sit there patiently while being groomed. She does not bark much.
She is described as being friendly and affectionate. She has a medium to high activity level at home. She follows those who live with her around the house. Star knows Sit, Come, Say Please (at which point she may turn over on her back for a treat) and will come when her owner whistles. She does well and listens when walked off leash and soetimes wanders but will return when called. The owners feel she needs a home with space and time to play and socialize her. She is fed wet and dry dog food as well as home cooked steaks and chicken as well as various other types of human meals.
Star came into the shelter with a loose body and energetic demeanor. Star was curious about her surroundings and interacted with a dog in the lobby with gentleness and curiousity. Star allowed all handling and showed no timidness but was very energetic and pulled very hard. During her medical examination when she was recieving activyl Star froze and whipped her head toward the medical assistant with her head low. She preferred to stay between councilors legs.
Star has lived previously with a child and is reported to be friendly with strangers and with children of all ages. She is reported to be playful with the other dogs she meets. She eats more quickly when her food bowl is touched while eating, though she has not escalated to a growl, snap, or bite. She is described as friendly and affectionate, with a medium-to-high activity level. She has been social and easy to handle since intake, though she pulls hard on leash when walked (we recommend front-clip harness).
Star allowed all handling items, rolling onto her back at the end of Look. She joined the Tag game and began jumping on the assessor, but calmed quickly once the game ended. She head flipped with an open mouth while pulling back her paw on the first paw squeeze, so we moved on to flank. She did not respond to two flank squeezes. Star took the toy away with a slightly tense body, placing herself between assessor and the toy, but did not escalate to a freeze, growl, or snap.
Star has been uncomfortable when off leash with other dogs, initially actively avoiding interaction. On her second trip in she greeted, but flinched when approached. Her owner reports some potential to guard food (eating faster when the bowl was moved) and a similar potential was seen during SAFER on Toy. This does not indicate that Star WILL guard items in the future, but does indicate potential. We recommend that Star be left alone when eating to prevent any escalation, as she has communicated that she is not comfortable when her food is moved (but has thus far coped well). Behavior modification protocol for food guarding is available at aspcapro.org, should this behavior continue to be seen in a future home. We also recommend that nothing ever be taken from Star’s mouth without trading for something higher value. She should be taught “drop” and trade-up games. We recommend a home with experienced adopters and without children under age 5.
Look: 1. Dog’s eyes are averted, tail wagging and ears back. She allows head to be held loosely in Assessor’s hands.
Sensitivity: 1. Dog leans into the Assessor, eyes soft, soft and loose body, open mouth.
Tag: 1. Dog indicates play with huffing, soft ‘popping’ of the body, etc. Dog jumps on Assessor once play begins.
Squeeze 1: 3. Dog head flips while pulling back paw.
Flank squeeze 1 & 2: 1. Dog does not respond at all.
Toy: 3. Dog takes toy away, keeps a firm hold. Her body is slightly stiff.
7/10: When off leash with other dogs, Star is a bit fearful and actively avoids approach.
7/12: Star gives a few sniffs, however flinches away when the helper dog approaches.
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