TONKA – 9317
Safe - 10-25-2017 Manhattan
Hello, my name is Tonka. My animal id is #9317. I am a male white dog at the Manhattan Animal Care Center. The shelter thinks i am about 2 years old.
I came into the shelter as a owner surrender on 09-Oct-2017, with the surrender reason stated as person circumstance- homeless.
Sorry, this pet is for new hope partners only.
Let’s get to know each other a bit more…
Chaz 9162 is at risk with a New Hope Only determination. Chaz has allowed very minimal handling as he responds immediately with threatening behavior (lunging and snapping) when made uncomfortable.
My medical notes are…
Weight: 54.6 lbs
Details on my behavior are…
Animal Behavior Saved At: 12-Oct-2017 12:22:9.000 Animal ID: 9317 Animal Name: Tonka Age: 2 Years Tag Number: Breed: American Pit Bull Gender: Male Spayed / Neutered: No Handler: Observer: Behavior Assessment Date: Retest Date: Retest Reason: Next Test Date: Date of intake: 9-Oct-2017 Spay/Neuter status: No Means of surrender (length of time in previous home): Owner Surrender (In home for 1.5 years) Previously lived with: Adults, a child (age 11), and a dog Behavior toward strangers: Barks and lunges at them if they get close to him Behavior toward children: Relaxed and playful with the child he lived with Behavior toward dogs: Respectful and tolerant of the dog he lived with Behavior toward cats: Unknown Resource guarding: None reported Bite history: None reported Housetrained: Yes Energy level/descriptors: Tonka is described as affectionate, playful, and excitable with a very high level of activity. Date of assessment: 12-Oct-2017 Summary: Tonka is difficult to remove from the kennel, lunging, growling, and snapping at people who approach. He will take treats through the bars, but as soon as he stops taking treats he begins growling again. He has also allowed minimal handling from his caretakers. Out of concern for his stress levels and due to safety concerns, we feel Tonka is not a great candidate for a handling assessment at this time. Please see his owner surrender profile for a full summary of his behavior in his previous home. Date of intake: 9-Oct-2017 Summary: Upon intake, Tonka was barking, growling and lunging towards counselor. Date of initial: 11-Oct-2017 Summary: During his initial medical exam, Tonka was growling ENERGY LEVEL: Tonka’s previous owner described him as having a very high level of activity. We recommend long-lasting chews, food puzzles, and hide-and-seek games, in additional to physical exercise, to positively direct his energy and enthusiasm. 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 Tonka 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: Due to all noted concerns displayed in a home environment, as well as in the care center, the behavior department recommends Tonka be placed with a New Hope placement partner who is able to provide an experienced adult-only foster home. A period of decompression is recommended to allow Tonka to acclimate comfortably to his new environment; force-free, reward based training only is advised when introducing Tonka to new and unfamiliar situations. Consultation with a professional trainer/behaviorist is highly recommended for guidance to safely manage/modify any behavior Tonka presents with outside of the care centers. Potential challenges: Fearful/potential for defensive aggression Potential challenges comments: Fearful/potential for defensive aggression: Tonka’s previous owner reported that he barks at and lunges at strangers. In the care center, he lunges, growls at, and barks at people who approach him. Because this appears to present a challenge outside of the care centers, guidance from a professional trainer/behaviorist is highly advised to assess this behavior and modify/manage as needed. Recommendations Adoption Recommendations: Comments: Suitability With Children: Other: New Hope Yard Size: Overall Rating: Passed For Rehoming: Indemnity/Waiver: Adoption Summary: Color Match: Profile/Activity Level:
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