TOMATO – 8679
Safe - 11-20-2017 Manhattan
TOMATO – 8679
**RETURNED FROM ACC FOSTER 10/14/17**
Breed American Pit Bull Cross
Sex Male Color Red / White
Spayed / Neutered Yes Age Young Adult
My health has been checked.
My vaccinations are up to date.
My worming is up to date.
Animal ID: 8679
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A Little Bit About Me
A volunteer writes: A star !!! Tomato certainly is one. He has participated in so many playgroups with his peers, males and females, came out a winner, a friendly mate and a very pleasant dog to see evolving in a group. With people, he is one nice character, a good walker, sitter and even a lap dog who loves caresses. His walking log written by other volunteers abounds with lovely comments. In a nutshell Tomato is a VERY good dog and the cherry on top is that he is absolutely gorgeous, well made, young, beautifully dressed and owns an award wining smile. I met him for the first time last night . He has a little cold tat we are treating of course and made the biggest impression on me. I see him as a great companion and forever best friend, good with people and dogs alike, well mannered and balanced. A must as a pet! Come and meet him soon at the Manhattan Care Center.
A volunteer writes: Tomato is a young man still learning the ropes to become a rockstar adult. He is magnificent, elegant and slender and so well dressed in his pumpkin color coat. In his kennel, he is ready when you are and gets leashed at once. He pulls quite a bit, does his business on the way(no marking involved) and in the park loves to stalk and chase the squirrels who abound in this time of the year. He looks so happy, harboring a huge smile leaning on a tree where a little rodent has taken refuge(I would frown if i was Tomato). He is fine meeting other dogs, big or small and has really enjoyed his time in playgroups with both males and females. Tomato is a very good “sitter”, treats or no treats involved and settles by my feet or on the bench for caresses. He is very gentle and loving, his beautiful eyes expressing eloquently that he is happy to be out and in company. Tomato is a little shyer while in our walls although he is still playful with balls and toys. He gives us the clear message that he belongs to a home where he can feel safe, to the great outdoors where his energy can be spent and to a master or family that can love him to pieces… Tomato is at the Manhattan Care Center. Come and meet very soon this very gorgeous dog… Tomato is waiting for you.
A volunteer writes: He’s gorgeous, he’s lively, he’s playful, he’s smart and he knows that he doesn’t want to be in a kennel when there are toys, people, and spaces to conquer. And, at one year old, he’s young and has puppy energy that needs an outlet. He’s stunning. You can’t look at him and not say, “Wow”. With his face, elegant long legs and sleek physique, this is a seriously handsome dog. You can see the ‘lively’ in his eyes, the mischief-making fun spirit that calls out for an experienced home who will give him plenty of exercise and playtime. He loves toys, sits when asked, and takes treats gently. He needs all the training that a puppy on the cusp of being a rockstar adult needs, and with positive reinforcement training (lots of treats), he’s going to show you how amazing he can be. He’s the dog you look at and spend time with and say wow, there is a ton of untapped potential there, and I can’t wait to see him blossom. Come meet him today and let’s put all that potential to work.
Let’s get to know each other a bit more…
What is the name and A# of your foster dog? A8679 / Tomato
How long have you fostered this dog? 2 ½ weeks
How many people are in your household? __2__Adults __0_ Teenagers __0__Children (please list ages)
Is your dog house trained? Yes. Is your dog paper trained? Unknown.
If he/she had any accidents in the house, please give details. Yes. Twice out of excitement, twice because of too much water. Not sure.
How long do you usually leave your dog alone each day? 6 hours at a time.
Where is your dog kept when alone (crate, in bedroom, loose in house)? Loose in the house, with bedroom, bathroom and kitchen doors closed.
Did you foster dog live with other dogs? No
How does your foster dog behave around other dogs(plays, ignores, growls, etc)? Details about body language are greatly appreciated (ex. Body tense, baring teeth, play bows, soft squinty eyes, tail tucked, etc.) Because he has CIRDC, we have not been able to meet other dogs. Usually, he is too interested in finding squirrels that he does not react to other dogs. If the other dog vocalizes, he will vocalize in return.
Was your cat introduced to any other cats while he/she was with you? If so, can you describe that experience? Has not met cats, though the way he’s super aroused by squirrels, I would guess cats are probably not a good idea.
How does your foster dog behave around strangers (friendly, ignores, barks, ect)? Very friendly; wants to greet everyone, sometimes jumps on them.
How does your foster dog behave around children? N/A
Does your foster dog know any commands? Sit, paw, come. Working on ‘down’, ‘wait’, ‘quiet’.
How does your foster dog behave on leash (pulls, excited, calm, afraid, barks at other dogs, cat, people)? Pulls like a freight train and weaves back and forth, because he’s hunting for squirrels. Gentle leader was the best to manage him, but he hated it and it irritated his nose. Harness is ok. Not a leisurely walker.
Does your foster dog have any behavior problems that you are aware of? Typical puppy behaviors: when he gets bored he might chew on something he shouldn’t, demand barks. He is testing his limits to see what he can get away with. He also gets really worked up when it’s time to go out, barking and whining all the way down the elevator and out the door.
What type of home do you think would best suit your foster dog? A home with a very active family that will take him with them. He has tons of energy and requires a lot of attention. A house might be better to alleviate the behaviors that he engages in when going out.
Does your foster dog have any cute or endearing habits that would make people want to meet him/her? He seems to not have been exposed to much and when he is first introduced to it, he is afraid yet curious at the same time and will do this little “I want to be brave” dance until he realizes it’s not scary. If you look at him or walk in his direction, his tail will always wag, even if he is laying down. When we are eating, he will try to beg for food but when we ignore him, he will lay under the table until you are done. When he climbs off the couch he just flops off the couch onto the floor.
Is there anything else you’d like to tell us about your foster dog? Tomato is very soft and gentle. If he mouths you, there is very little pressure. He also doesn’t realize his size and will try to sit on you or run into you. He will hang out with me in the kitchen or bathroom as I putz around. He will need to learn focus and leash manners. He’s getting better at entertaining himself with Nylabones and Himalaya bones, but sometimes his idea of entertainment is barking out the window or pulling on a loose seam of my rug. He is highly treat/food motivated so we’ve been using that to distract him from noises in the hall that cause him to bark. He’s been receptive to learning the command ‘wait’.
My medical notes are…
10/08/17 : Mild dermatitis noted on intake, pruritus reported; diarrhea reported x 2 in 2 days
S/O : BAR, energetic and friendly, sneezing, excessive serous nasal discharge, eupnic, mild dermatitis with seborrhea sicca along dorsum; moderate pruritus
A : CIRDC, Dermatitis/Pruritus, Diarrhea. P : Move to isolation, doxycycline 300 mg PO SID x 14 days, Benadryl 50 mg PO BID x 7 days; if pruritus continues, then consider adding low dose steroid as long as CIRDC is improving, Rec fecal, monitor for continued diarrhea
Details on my behavior are…
Date of assessment: 4-Oct-2017
Look: 1. Dog leans forward or jumps up to lick the Assessor’s face with tail wagging, ears back and eyes averted.
Sensitivity: 1. Dog leans into the Assessor, eyes soft or squinty, soft and loose body, open mouth.
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. Minimal interest in toy, dog may smell or lick, then turns away.
Summary: Tomato immediately approached the assessor in the assessment room, having a soft body, and was playful. He allowed all handling and displayed no concerning behaviors.
PLAY GROUP NOTES :
Tomato has displayed social, playful behavior toward other dogs in the care center. The behavior department feels that Tomato be most compatible with other dogs who are social and playful.
10/3: When introduced off leash to the female greeter dog, Tomato greets politely, is a bit anxious while keeping to self. He re-approaches and offers one brief, playful bow.
10/4: Tomato is more social and playful when engaging with other dogs, engaging in bouncy play.
10/5: Tomato solicits brief bouts of bouncy play. He attempts to mount select dogs during play.
10/6: Tomato engages in brief bouts of play with playful dogs, and wanders the yard with dogs that do not reciprocate his play solicitations.
10/7: Tomato engages in brief bouts of play with other playful dogs.
We have no history on Tomato 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.
AVERAGE (suitable for an adopter with an average amount of dog experience)
Basic manners/poor impulse control
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.
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