VENUS – 21901
Safe - 3-16-2018 Manhattan
VENUS – 21901
Intake Date : 2/28/18 Intake Type: Owner surrender
Medical Behavior: Blue Age: 3 years Sex: Female
Weight: 69 lbs
LVT intake : Microchip Scan: positive Evidence of Cruelty: no Observed Behavior: allowed handling but bucks and kicks when in restraint and difficult to manage
Sex: intact female Estimated Age: reported 3y Subjective: some skin irritation, otherwise seemingly healthy owned dog Eyes: clear Ears: thick pinnae, odorous, head shy and will shake when touched, scratches to top of head with alopecia (from ears?) Oral Exam: Heart: WNL Lungs: WNL Abdomen: WNL Musculoskeletal: overweight 6/9 BCS
Mentation: BARH Preliminary Assessment: possible otitis or allergies Plan: DVM intake
A Little Bit About Me…
Let’s get to know each other a bit more…
Basic Information: Venus is a tan and white, unaltered female that is 3 years old. The owner reviewed Venus as a puppy from a friend. The owner is surrendering Venus due to having not time and landlord not allowing pets.
Previously lived with: 4 adults, 2 children
How is this dog around strangers? When strangers visit the home Venus runs to the door, wagging her tail and jumps up excitably. She jumps up and throw her weight around . She likes to give kisses and loves attention.
How is this dog around children? Venus has lived with a 2 Year old and a 6 month old. The owner stated that Venus is kept away from the children and they rarely interact. Venus sometimes jumps up and is high energy. When Venus approaches the children she licks their face and wags her tail. Sometimes when she is overly excited she becomes mouthy.
How is this dog around other dogs? Venus has lived with a small dog. They play with each other. They sometimes lounge around the house together. Venus is gentle around the small dog.
How is this dog around cats? Venus has never lived with cats.
Resource guarding: She has no guarding issues. She allows her treats, toys and bones to be touched or removed from her mouth.
Bite history: She never had a bite history. The owner stated that Venus when she is excited she can be mouthy with the children and may need supervision.
House trained: Yes
Energy level/descriptors: High energy
Other Notes: Venus allow her food bowl touched while eating, she pulls away and struggles away when trimming her nails. Venus is friendly towards strangers. She is fine being restrained. Venus knows the commands sit, stop and come. She spends more more of her time by the kitchen. The kitchen is barricaded by a baby gate. There she had a. Dog bed that she sleep on. Venus is walked once a day but mostly uses the wee pad located in the bathroom.
Has this dog ever had any medical issues? No
Medical Notes: No medical history
For a New Family to Know: The family described Venus as playful, highs energy and excitable. She likes to run in the park and seek attention from the adults in the home. Her favorite toys are balls and squeaky toys. She is well behaved when left alone in the house.
House trained: Yes
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Date of assessment: 1-Mar-2018
Look: 1. Dog’s eyes are averted, with tail wagging and ears back. Allows head to be held loosely in Assessor’s cupped hands.
Sensitivity: 1. Dog stands still and accepts the touch, eyes are averted, and tail is in neutral position with a relaxed body posture. Dog’s mouth is likely closed for at least a portion of the assessment item.
Tag: 1. Dog follows at the end of the leash, body soft.
Paw squeeze 1: 3. Dog is soft in body and eye, and moves legs/body so that the Assessor is unable to hold the paw.
Paw squeeze 2: Item not conducted
Flank squeeze 1: 1. Dog does not respond at all.
Flank squeeze 2: 1. Dog sits, mouth open or lip long.
Toy: 1. Minimal interest in toy, dog may smell or lick, then turns away.
Summary: Venus approached the assessor in the assessment room with a soft body and jumped up in a social manner. During squeeze, she appeared uncomfortable with her paw being touched, jumping away, so flank was used.
Venus displays a stiff body with raised hackles when greeting the male helper through the fence. She has been observed to growl and bare teeth during other attempts to greet. At this time, a single dog residence is recommended for Venus until follow up can be conducted outside of a shelter environment. She was reported to behave playfully and gently with the former resident small dog.
Date of intake: 28-Feb-2018
Summary: Venus had a loose body, was active, and allowed handling.
ENERGY LEVEL: Venus’ previous owner described her as having a high level of activity. She is a young, enthusiastic, social dog who will need daily mental and physical activity to keep her engaged and exercised. We recommend long-lasting chews, food puzzles, and hide-and-seek games, in additional to physical exercise, to positively direct her energy and enthusiasm.
BEHAVIOR DETERMINATION: EXPERIENCE (suitable for an adopter with some previous dog experience, especially with the behaviors outlined below)
Recommendations: No young children (under 5), Single-pet home, Recommend no dog parks
Single pet/no dog park: Due to level of stress and discomfort observed when attempting to introduce Venus to other dogs in our care, it is recommended she be the only resident dog in a new home until follow up can be conducted outside of a shelter environment.
No young children: Due to her previous owner reported that she is too excitable and mouthy around young children, we recommend a home without them. Older children who are comfortable around large, jumpy dogs should have an in-depth interaction prior to adoption.
Potential challenges: Basic manners/poor impulse control, Mouthiness/poor bite inhibition
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.
Mouthiness/poor bite inhibition: Venus was reported to be mouthy in her previous home. This is a behavior that should be extinguished through training alternate behaviors and lack of reward (ex. walking away whenever Venus’ teeth make contact with skin).
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