STEVE – 11947
Safe - 11-18-2017 Manhattan
STEVE – 11947
Intake Date: 11/6/17 Intake Type: Stray
Medical Behavior: Green Age: 2 year Sex: Neutered Male
Weight: 57 lbs
LVT Intake : BARH, scan negative, male intact, apx 2 yrs old, allows handling, clean teeth, clean ears, eyes, nose, clean coat, BCS 5/9, NOSF
A Little Bit About Me…
A volunteer writes: Meet The Fantastic Mr Snuggles! Officially he’s called Steve, but this gorgeous, pouty-faced sweetheart is so much more than that ordinary name suggests and after just one date he’s my new Care Center crush–I can’t get enough of this hunky lovebug! He’s a breeze to leash and keen to go for a walk, pulling hard in his enthusiasm for all the new scents and doggie friends waiting outside but easy to refocus once the initial excitement has passed and appears to be very house trained too. Steve sits on command for treats, loves to play a gentle game of fetch and is fantastic with other pups of both sexes, bouncing exuberantly around the yard in playgroup and greeting them with happy tail wags and eager little whines in the street. Occasionally he will get playful with the leash but a chew toy makes for a good distraction and as he’s got such a soft touch and is far too gentlemanly to lay his mouth on my hand, we pass it back and forth with ease. With a top-notch behavior assessment and volunteer walking log comments singing his praises as ‘a big, sweet guy’, Steve is a wonderful pet that any active, experienced family would be thrilled to call their own. But wait, there’s more! As if all this wasn’t enough, he’s also an amazing lap dog! When I sit on the ground to signal playtime is over Steve circles around me with his toy then crouches down, nuzzles onto my knees and rolls over for belly rubs, kicking out his front legs with joyful abandon. If I get up and sit on a chair he immediately approaches for petting and rubs back and forth against my legs before backing his cute tush into my knees for a good scratch, curling round like a banana to kiss my hand in gratitude. He may be all muscle on the outside but this good boy is a big ol’ marshmallow at heart and to know him is to love love LOVE him. Visit our Manhattan Care Center and enjoy your own date with Steve the Snuggler, he’s waiting for you with open arms…
Another volunteer writes: Those of us that know Steve adore him – and that’s most of us. He’s amazingly handsome, fun beyond belief, sexy, affectionate and give him a toy or a ball and he can amuse himself endlessly. Housetrained, smart, treat motivated, and did I already say sexy, he’s the dog we all look forward to spending time with. But what do we look forward to most? Seeing him walk out the door with his new person, knowing there’s a ton of love and a box full of toys and balls and a lifetime of happiness for all. Steve’s in adoptions hoping you’ll ask to meet him.
My medical notes are…
11/07/17 Vet Notes: DVM Intake Exam : Estimated age:2 Microchip noted on Intake? no History : stray Subjective: Observed Behavior -wagging,playful, leans into examiner to be petted Evidence of Cruelty seen -no Evidence of Trauma seen -no Objective : T = P =80 R =wnl BCS 5/9 EENT: Eyes clear, ears clean, no nasal or ocular discharge noted
Oral Exam: minor staining PLN: No enlargements noted H/L: NSR, NMA, , Lungs clear, eupnic ABD: Non painful, no masses palpated U/G: intact male MSI: Ambulatory x 4, skin free of parasites, no masses noted, healthy hair coat CNS: Mentation appropriate – no signs of neurologic abnormalities Assessment: healthy Prognosis:excellent Plan:neuter
SURGERY: Okay for surgery
11/11/17 Post Surgery Note: Pre-surgical exam, anesthesia, and surgery performed by ASPCA. Green linear tattoo placed on ventral abdomen.
Details on my behavior are…
Date of assessment: 8-Nov-2017
Look: 2. Dog pulls out of Assessor’s hands each time without settling during three repetitions.
Sensitivity: 2. Dog displays high energy and movement, but it is directed toward getting closer to the Assessor. Body is soft, likely panting, may jump up between attempts to lick Assessor.
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: 1. Dog gently pulls back his/her paw.
Paw squeeze 2: 1. Dog gently pulls back his/her paw.
Flank squeeze 1: Item not conducted
Flank squeeze 2: Item not conducted
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: Steve quickly approached the assessor quickly in the assessment room with a soft body. He jumped up on the assessor in a social manner and displayed a high level of activity and movement. During tag, he grabbed the leash and did not relinquish it. He was social throughout and allowed all handling.
Steve has displayed playful, social behavior toward dogs in the care center. History around dogs is unknown due to arriving as a stray. Based on observation made in our care, the behavior department feels Steve may be most compatible with other dogs who are social and playful.
11/7: When introduced off leash to the female greeter dog, Steve is highly playful and bouncy. He is soft and wiggly when greeting a male dog through the fence.
11/8: Steve is exuberantly playful and engages in chase play with a female dog.
11/9: Steve engages in bouts of bouncy play with male and female dogs.
11/10: Steve engages in bouncy play with female dogs.
Date of intake: 7-Nov-2017
Summary: Steve was social, active, and allowed all handling.
Date of initial: 6-Nov-2017
Summary: Steve allowed handling.
ENERGY LEVEL: We have no history on Steve so we cannot be certain of his behavior in a home environment. However, he is a young, enthusiastic, social dog who will need daily mental and physical activity to keep him engaged and exercised. We recommend long-lasting chews, food puzzles, and hide-and-seek games, in additional to physical exercise, to positively direct his energy and enthusiasm.
IN SHELTER OBSERVATIONS: Steve consistently displays highly social behavior with his human caretakers. He 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)
Recommendations: No young children (under 5)
Recommendations comments: No young children: Due to the high 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, Leash-biting
Potential challenges comments:
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 him to control his impulses instead of simply reacting; proper management is also advised. Force-free, reward based training only is recommended.
Mouthiness/poor bite inhibition: Steve has shown some mouthiness in the care center. Little pressure is applied, but this is a behavior that should be extinguished through training alternate behaviors and lack of reward (ex. walking away whenever Steve’s teeth make contact with skin).
Leash-biting: Steve is quick to grab the leash in his mouth. We recommend walking him with a toy so he cannot grab the leash. Positive reinforcement, force-free training is advised to teach him to focus on you rather than grabbing the leash.
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