TYSON – A1102799
Safe - 4-17-2017 Staten Island
TYSON – A1102799
**DOH HOLD RELEASED 02/18/17**SAFER : EXPERIENCED HOME / NO CHILDREN**
NEUTERED MALE, BROWN, AM PIT BULL TER MIX, 4 yrs
OWNER SUR – ONHOLDHERE, HOLD FOR DOH-B Reason BITEANIMAL
Intake condition UNSPECIFIE Intake Date 02/02/2017, From NY 10308, DueOut Date 02/02/2017
Medical Behavior Evaluation BLUE
Medical Summary initial Barh Scan Negative Neutered Male ~ 4 years nervous, tense ,and but allowed to handle. no fleas seen. Ambx4 EENT : wnl NOSF.
A volunteer writes: Tyson is a volunteer and staff favorite. I took him out this past weekend: he’s easy in and out of the kennel. Once in the yard he wanders around, but as soon as I called him to the bench he’s all kisses and tail wags. He demonstrated how he can sit and give both paws. When he spotted one of his favorite volunteers, he did his happy dance, which is a jump with a side twist (I don’t see Dancing with the Stars in his future 😉 ). If you’re interested in adopting Tyson, please come to the Staten Island Care Center. He’s ready and waiting.
Tyson is a 4 year old neutered Pit Bull Terrier Mix that has no past or current medical issues that the previous owner is aware of. Previous owner received dog from a friend’s family member but can no longer have the dog due to his biting tendencies.
According to the previous owner, around strangers, Tyson is friendly and outgoing. Around adults and children, Tyson is very playful. With adults and a 16 yr. old teenager, Tyson plays in an exuberant and sometimes somewhat rough manner, which can result in him biting. Tyson has lived with 2 other dogs; a female English bulldog and a male Pug puppy. Tyson and the Pug puppy would play in a somewhat rough manner.Tyson has never interacted with larger dogs so his behavior is unknown. Tyson has never been exposed to cats so behavior around them is unknown. He has bitten a person and another animal.
Previous owners stated that Tyson has destructive behavioral issues.
For a New Family to Know:
Tyson is described as pushy, excitable, and playful with a very high activity level. When in the home, Tyson is the type to follow you around seeking attention. Tyson likes all kinds of toys. Tyson was kept mostly indoors and was fed dry dog food. According to previous owner, Tyson is house-trained and would rarely have any accidents. Tyson usually goes to the bathroom on the grass. When left alone in the home, Tyson would be destructive. Tyson knows commands sit and give paw. For exercise, he enjoyed brisk walks & playing in the yard. On the leash, Tyson can pull hard all the time and previous owner would not let Tyson off the leash.
Neutered, Owner surrender
Previously lived with: Adults, 16 year old child, 2 other dogs
Behavior toward children: Tyson would play with resident teenager in an exuberant and at times somewhat rough manner
Behavior toward dogs: Tyson would sometimes play in a somewhat exuberant manner with the puppy, reportedly did not get along with bulldog, but interactions have never escalated to a bite, most times did not bother with each other.
Behavior toward cats: Tyson has not been exposed to cats, behavior is unknown.
FG/RG: None reported
Bite history: Tyson snapped at owner when he was bear hugged and kissed him while he was sleeping, did not break skin but bruised. Owner came home and found other resident dog had wound on neck, veterinarian confirmed it was a dog bite.
Energy level/descriptors: Tyson is described as pushy, excitable, and playful with a very high activity level.
Other notes: Owner reports destructive behavior when left alone – no further details.
Look: 1. Dog’s eyes are averted, with tail slightly wagging and ears back. He allows head to be held loosely in Assessor’s cupped hands.
Sensitivity: 1. Dog stands still and accepts the touch, open mouth, slight wagging tail.
Tag: 2. Dog is not fearful, but is unresponsive to the Assessor, focused on other stimuli, displays high energy, jumps.
Squeeze 1: 1. Dog does not respond at all for three seconds. His eyes are averted and his ears are relaxed
Squeeze 2 : 2. Dog pulls back paw
Toy: 1. Minimal interest in Toy, shows brief bouts of enthusiasm, quickly loses focus
Dog-dog: 2. Dog approaches helper dog with tail at spine level, body not stiff, ears relaxed, lip neutral.
Summary: Tyson displayed high energy and movement upon entering SAFER assessment area, jumping up on chair, jumping moderately onto people.
Tyson was nervous during his initial medical exam, but allowed all handling.
His previous owners describe Tyson as a high-energy dog. In the care center he has been active and enthusiastic. He may have a low threshold for arousal and needs guidance to learn how to appropriately channel that energy when he becomes overstimulated. He will need daily mental and physical stimulation and exercise, and a force-free, positive reinforcement-based training class may help him to learn impulse control.
RECOMMENDATIONS: Experienced (Suitable for an adopter with a previous amount of dog experience)
_X_ No children (under 13): Tyson has shown reactivity when startled by snapping when woken up abruptly, for this reason we recommend an adult-home only.
_X_ Recommend no dog parks: Due to the dog bite reported, we advised exercising caution when introducing Tyson to other dogs as we cannot be certain of any other behavior.
_X_ Basic manners/Poor impulse control: Tyson displayed high energy and movement, as well as jumping up onto handlers. He will benefit from daily mental and physical stimulation in the forms of walks, runs, exercise, and play to positively direct his high energy and enthusiasm. Any jumping up should be ignored, while sitting on cue should be rewarded with treats, praise, and petting. Tyson should not be encouraged to rough house as a play style, as he has reportedly been overly exuberant at times.
_X_ Mouthiness/Poor bite inhibition
_Destructive behavior: Tyson may benefit from crate training when left home alone to decrease any reported chewing of household items. Crate should never be used as a punishment, rather a positive safe den that Tyson can retreat to. Leaving the crate door open and placing food and water bowl inside so all meals take place there may help Tyson make a positive association with the crate. High value treats such as stuffed frozen Kongs can be given only at times Tyson is in the crate with door closed to assist in Tyson’s compliance with crating.
Due to owner profile and DOH history – Tyson should be the only resident dog.
2/6: Tyson was sleeping in his kennel when i approached, he quickly got up and was very excited when he saw me. He allows me to leash him with no issues and he calmly walks past other dogs. Outside in the yard, Tyson is very high energy, very wiggly, jumpy and playful. He gives kisses, takes treats gently and can be a bit over bearing when he attempts to lick my face. Going back into his kennel, he does not display any issues. Tyson walks right in and allows me to remove the leash.
2/8, 2/9: Tyson continues to display the same behaviors.
2/12- 2/13: Tyson is calm and soft in his kennel, he allows me to leash him with no problems. In the yard he is very friendly and always soliciting attention and attempting to lick my face. Tyson is playful and appeared to enjoy being in the rain when in the yard. He is friendly and solicitous to all people. Tyson does not display any concerning behavior at this time.
2/23: Tyson displays very good cage behaviors, he is sweet, calm, patient and allows me to easily leash him to go in and out of his kennel. He is very high energy when playing in the yard and often solicits attention and gives kisses. He does not react to any barking dogs when he passes by. Tyson is very sweet and continues to be very friendly with all the staff.
3/5: Tyson continues to display the same behaviors. He is extremely affectionate and often lies beside me soliciting kisses and belly rubs. He is usually quiet in his kennel and very patient when I leash him to go out for a walk. He takes treats very gently and often solicits petting and attention. He enjoys playing with all kinds of toys and will relinquish them. He is easy in and out of his kennel and has not displayed any concerning behaviors.
3/6, 3/7: Tyson continues to display the same behaviors at the care center.
3/16: Tyson has great cage presence, he is very relaxed and soft. He is easy in and out of his kennel and continues to be active, playful, and sweet in the yard. When passing by other dogs in their cages, Tyson does not react and politely greets everyone as he passes by.
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