TRUFFLE – A1119160
Safe - 7-26-2017 Manhattan
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TRUFFLE – A1119160
**DOH HOLD RELEASED, SAFER: EXPERIENCED HOME**
FEMALE, BR BRINDLE / WHITE, AUST CATTLE DOG MIX, 2 yrs
STRAY – ONHOLDHERE, Reason OWNER DIED
Intake condition UNSPECIFIE Intake Date 07/20/2017, From NY 10457, DueOut Date 07/23/2017
Medical Behavior Evaluation GREEN
Medical Summary Microchip: negative, placed 981020023359755 Sex: intact female Age: appx 1-2y Mentation: intact female Eyes: clear Ears: clean Nose: no d/c Teeth: no staining If abnormal BCS: WNL 5/9 Skin: WNL Hair Coat: WNL Declawed: N/A Any injuries: no Behavior: allowed all handling, friendly and playful Medication: N/A, preventatives given
A volunteer writes: There are mushroom truffles (such a delicacy), chocolate truffles (so good for the sweet tooth), and our Truffle, the best for everything, love, laughter, fun and affection. A tiny little thing in a lush coat Truffle allows herself to be lifted from her top kennel and out the door we go. Taking care of business the moment we’re outside, we then prance down the street (I walk, she prances), as she’s happy to be out even on a sweltering day. Truffle has one sky blue eye, and the other is brown, so needless to say, that enhances her unique look and invites many compliments from passersby. She loves to hug, loves to dance, and off leash in a pen loves running around exploring, then coming back to me for more hugs. Truffle is with us as her owner passed away so she’s looking for a new person or family to complete her. This should be easy, so come meet her today.
KNOWN HISTORY: None
Intact female, stray
Look: 1. Dog’s eyes are averted. Her ears are back, her tail is down, and she has a relaxed body posture. Dog allows head to be held loosely in Assessor’s cupped hands.
Sensitivity: 2. Dog is active and focused on the Assessor and all other stimuli available. Her body is soft, likely panting, likely to display high movement between attempts.
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.
Squeeze 1 & 2: 2. Dog quickly pulls back.
Toy: 1. No interest
Summary: Truffle was fairly anxious (whining, panting) throughout her assessment though tolerated all handling without issue.
Truffle engages in exuberant, vocal running play.
7/22: When introduced to other dogs off leash, Truffle engages in bouncy running play.
7/23-24: Truffle engages in exuberant, vocal running play.
Upon intake, Truffle was loose and wagging; she allowed all handling.
During her initial medical examination, Truffle was actived and allowed all handling.
In the care center Truffle has been active and enthusiastic. Due to the anxiety seen, she may need some guidance to learn how to appropriately channel that energy when he becomes overstimulated. Truffle will need daily mental and physical stimulation and exercise, and a force-free, positive reinforcement-based training class may help her to learn impulse control and to train desirable behaviors that can be rewarded.
RECOMMENDATIONS: Experience (Suitable for an adopter with a previous amount of dog experience)
_X_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 her to control her impulses instead of simply reacting; proper management is also advised. Force-free, reward based training only is recommended.
_X_Anxiety: Truffle has shown some signs of potential anxiety in the care center, vocalizing (whining, barking) continually through the SAFER and through play sessions outside. This behavior was not reported at intake, and we have no known history on Truffle though it is likely due to the nature of the shelter environment. We cannot be certain whether similar behavior will be seen in a future home environment though recommend practicing positive force-free reward based training when introducing or exposing Truffle to new and unfamiliar situations.
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