TOBY – 7943 (ALT ID – A1126998)
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TOBY – 7943 (ALT ID – A1126998)
**SAFER: NEW HOPE ONLY**
MALE, WHITE / CREAM, BORDER COLLIE MIX, 2 yrs, 1 mo
STRAY – STRAY WAIT, NO HOLD Reason STRAY
Intake condition UNSPECIFIE Intake Date 09/29/2017, From NY 10459, DueOut Date 10/02/2017,
Medical Behavior Evaluation YELLOW
Medical Summary Microchip: negative, could not place Sex: intact male Age: appx 2y+ Mentation: BARH Eyes: clear Ears: clean pinnae, head shy could not assess Nose: no d/c Teeth: could not assess thoroughly, mild staining If abnormal BCS: WNL 5/9 Skin: WNL Hair Coat: WNL Declawed: N/A Any injuries: no Behavior: low wag at first and will come to handler, timid, when restrained lightly will head whip and snap at air, no further aggressing, will yelp if touch is prolonged and “alligator roll” Medication: N/A, preventatives given
A volunteer writes:
Toby came to us, his past life stored somewhere in his memory…He is a very attractive little guy, a bit on the heavy side but so well dressed and groomed in is light cream wavy coat. Toby lays calmly in his kennel, clearly hoping that I will leave him undisturbed…He knows me by now, though. We have been on quite a number of outings. He is leashed easily but would prefer to stay in his den.. And he is so house trained. No way…We are going out…Toby walks very nicely on the leash and meets properly his peers in the street. In the yard, he does not wander much but stays by my side, always sitting on my left shoe…. He allows caresses all over and even took yesterday some treats from my hand. Toby is quite wary here at the care center . He needs a savvy and experienced owner who will observe him in a home environment , hopefully bring back life, trust and joy to this beautiful dog and make of him a wonderful and loving pet. Toby is at the Manhattan Care Center.
PROFILE: 09/29/17 17:55
Toby is a male, white and cream small breed dog that is estimated to be 2 years old. He was brought to us in as a stray when he was found wandering around the street. His finder was not interested in keeping him and brought him to the ACC. Tobyhas no known medical problems.
Behavior during Intake
Toby was very stiff bodied during intake he was growling when i approached him and snapped at me when i tried to collar him. He did not allow me to handle him or take his picture. When i approached him in the kennel he would bare his teeth.
Date of assessment: 1-Oct-2017
Look: 2. Dog’s eyes are averted, body posture is stiff and fearful, tail is low and not moving. Dog allows head to be held loosely in Assessor’s cupped hands.
Sensitivity: 2. Dog stands still and accepts the touch, eyes are averted, tail is between legs, body stiff, mouth closed, lip long, ears likely back, may lip lick.
Tag: 2. Dog is fearful but unresponsive when touched. Approaches the Assessor when the game ends. Dog is likely crouching, may have a long lip or lip lick.
Paw squeeze 1: 5. Dog freezes, snaps, and/or tries to bite.
Paw squeeze 2:
Flank squeeze 1: 1. Dog does not respond at all.
Flank squeeze 2: 1. Dog does not respond at all.
Toy: 1. Minimal interest in toy, dog may smell or lick, then turns away.
Summary: Toby was reluctant to approach the assessor in the assessment room. He became very tense during handling and was difficult to position, attempting to maintain distance from the assessor. When his paw was touched, he snapped.
DOG-DOG INTERACTION ASSESSMENT:
Summary: 9/30: When introduced off leash to a female greeter dog, Toby allows greeting but avoids all other interaction.
Date of intake: 29-Sep-2017
Summary: Upon intake, Toby was tense and growling. He snapped when approached.
Date of initial: 29-Sep-2017
Summary: Toby was timid during his initial medical exam. He head whipped and air snapped when restrained
ENERGY LEVEL: We have no history on Toby so we cannot be certain of his behavior in a home environment.
IN SHELTER OBSERVATIONS:
BEHAVIOR DETERMINATION: NEW HOPE ONLY
Behavior Asilomar TM – Treatable-Manageable
Recommendations: No children (under 13)
Place with a New Hope partner
Recommendations comments: No children: Due to how uncomfortable Toby is currently with touch and novel stimuli, we feel that an adult-only home would be most beneficial at this time. Place with a New Hope partner: Toby is fearful at the care center and has snapped at handlers when uncomfortable. We recommend placement with a New Hope partner who can provide any necessary behavior modification (force-free, positive reinforcement-based) and re-evaluate behavior in a stable home environment before placement into a permanent home.
Potential challenges: Handling/touch sensitivity
Fearful/potential for defensive aggression
Potential challenges comments: Handling/touch sensitivity: Toby has snapped when his paw was handled, showing discomfort with touch in certain areas. It is important to avoid touching Toby‘s paws at this time and being cautious when touching him in other areas as we do not know where he may have other sensitivities. Positive reinforcement, reward based training should be used to pair touch with good things such as food rewards in order to teach Toby to be more comfortable with this. Fearful/potential for defensive aggression: Toby is fearful at the care center and has growled and snapped. It is important to always go slow and give Toby the option to walk away from any social interaction. Toby should never be forced to approach anything that he is uncomfortable with or to submit to petting or handling. It should always be Tobyâ€™s choice to approach a new person or thing. Toby would do best in an initially calm and quiet home environment and should be given time to acclimate to his new surroundings.
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