VYSE – A1103072
Safe - 4-21-2017 Manhattan
VYSE – A1103072
**RETURNED 03/30/2017**SAFER : EXPERIENCED HOME / NO YOUNG CHILDREN**
NEUTERED MALE, BLACK / WHITE, AM PIT BULL TER MIX, 5 yrs
OWNER SUR – EVALUATE, NO HOLD Reason OWN EVICT
Intake condition EXAM REQ Intake Date 03/30/2017, From NY 10460, DueOut Date 03/30/2017,
Medical Behavior Evaluation BLUE
Medical Summary Microchip: negative, placed 981020021097336 Sex: intact male Age: reported 5y Mentation: BARH Eyes: clear Ears: clean Nose: no d/c Teeth: mild staining If abnormal BCS: WNL 5/9 Skin: slight dander, WNL Hair Coat: WNL Declawed: N/A Any injuries: no Behavior: tense and nervous, avoided eye contact and low to ground but warmed slowly Medication: N/A, preventatives given
A volunteer writes:
“Getting to know you…” At first sight, Vyse might just appear as disconnected and a big puller who sends his caretaker flying in the air. It is important and enlightening to spend time on a bench in the park or leash free in the yard, catch a break, be one to one with a pooch , have a “talk” or play with a toy or a ball. There is so much to be learned…Vyse is a very handsome dog. He sits at his door, calmly, all eyes(that are quite sweet) on his visitor. Leashed in no time , Vyse, me in tow, is quickly at the care center’s door. He is very strong, not allowing me to take him to the park… He does pull toward other dogs and marks slightly his new territory. He is a little inpatient with treats when I tether him to the wall but sits immediately on command. The yard is a better bet, at least for me who is not strong. Vyse is definitively more relaxed, comes a once when called, sits, runs after a ball and accepts gladly caresses. I really like him. He is quite good looking, well made, well dressed and pleasant to spend time with. Although he did want to mount(he is an un-neutered male), he was bouncy in the one playgroup he attended with a female. Vyse is with us as his family lost its home. He lived happily with children and is known to be good with his kind. He slept in …his owner bed. I hope it was a king size one…I met Vyse only one and I am looking forward to see more of him…Better, I hope to hear that he left us to start his life again with a new owner or family. Vyse is at the Manhattan Care Center. Come and meet very soon this long time family dog..
Another volunteer writes: What’s black and white and cute all over? Vyse!!! Adorably playful, fabulously snuggly, Mr. Vyse joined us when the only family he’s ever known lost their home. He lived well with several children, is “very housetrained”, is well behaved when left home alone, allows his family to touch his food while he’s eating but will growl at others, enjoys a bath sometimes, and gets super excited when his family comes home. Vyse slept with his owner, is playful and energetic and loves to play. Vyse has enjoyed playtime with his peers and can get overwhelmed when play gets too exuberant. I loved my time with this little guy, we played, we snuggled and when he rolled over for a belly rub I swooned. He’s the perfect combination of playful energy and happy affection (I got kisses too), and he’s waiting for his new family to find him. Don’t make him wait!
Vyse is a 5 year old pit bull whose owner was having housing complications. He has been with his family since he was a puppy. The last time he has seen a vet was a year ago.
Strangers do not visit his home often and he is not around them oftenas far as she knows he is social around strangers. He has lived in a home with several children and he is really good with them and relaxed. When he plays with the children or adults in the house he is always gentle. He is relaxed and playful around other dogs and has never interacted with a cat before. He has not bitten a person or animal before.
Vyse does not use the bathroom indoors and does not destroy household items. When eating he will growl and stand between his bowl and person trying to interact unless it is his owner or a child. Most other adults he does not allow to approach his food while eating. He is not bothered by having his treats or toys being touched or taken while he has them. When being bathed sometimes he will resist and sometimes he willing goes into tub for bath, owner never forces him if he does not want to. He enjoys being brushed. He will bark whenever somebody is at the door.
Vyse has a very high level of energy at home and gets very excited when owners come home and starts running back and forth with excitement. He will play with any toy given to him. He likes to be in the same room as owners and will follow them around the house, especially the children. He sleeps in owners bed. He is very house trained and does not have accidents. When left alone in the backyard he is also well behaved. He knwos the commands sit and stay. he pulls very hard on the leash and is not walked off leash because he will run away.
Vyse had a lot of energy during intake with a loose body and wagging tail above spinal level. Would jump on counselor while trying to scan and collar but allowed al handling for collaring, scanning and photograph despite high energy.
KNOWN HISTORY: Full Profile
Unaltered Male, Owner Surrender (Lived with owner for 5 years)
Previously lived with: Adults and Children
Behavior toward strangers: Not around them much but social as far as
the owner knows
Behavior toward children: Relaxed with the children he lives with
Behavior toward dogs: Relaxed and social
Behavior toward cats: Unknown
Resource guarding: Vyse will growl and stand over his food bowl. He is
not bothered if toys or treats are taken away
Bite history: None Reported
Energy level/descriptors: Vyse is described as having a very high
level of activity.
Look: 4. Dog holds eye contact while remaining motionless with ears forward. His body is stiff and becomes stiffer as assessment progresses.
Sensitivity: 3. Dog stands still and accepts the touch, his eyes are averted, his tail is between his legs, body stiff, mouth closed. As the item continues, dog becomes stiffer and his body begin to tremble.
Tag: 1. Dog assumes play position and joins the game.
Squeeze 1: 1. Dog gently pulls back his paw.
Squeeze 2: 1. Dog gently pulls back his paw.
Toy: 1. Minimal interest, dog sniffs toy.
Summary: Vyse appeared social when entering the assessment room. When handling began he became uncomfortable, becoming whale eyed and increasingly stiff when his face was touched. During sensitivity he also became increasingly stiff and his body began trembling.
DOG-DOG INTERACTION ASSESSMENT:
When introduced off leash to the female greeter dog, Vyse approaches and offers brief greeting with neutral body language. He will engage in bouncy play with the intent to mount when he is solicited by the female dog.
4/2: Vyse approaches and greets politely. He engages briefly in bouncy play and becomes overwhelmed by exuberant, vocal play.
During his initial medical exam, Vyse was tense.
Vyse’s previous owner described him as having a very high level of activity. 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.
RECOMMENDATIONS: Experienced adopter, adult-only home (suitable for an adopter with some previous dog experience, especially with behaviors
_X_No children (under 13): Due to how uncomfortable Vyse appeared on his assessment, and his history of food guarding, we recommend an adult only home at this time.
_X_Resource guarding: Vyse’s previous owner notes that he may growl when his food bowl is approached. We recommend that Vyse be left alone while eating, and that food guarding behavior modification steps (available at ASPCApro.org) be utilized if this behavior is problematic in his future home. Nothing should ever be taken directly out of Vyse’s mouth, and any time something is removed he should be rewarded with a high value treat or toy. He should be taught the “drop” cue and trade-up games.
_X_Fearful/potential for defensive aggression: Vyse appeared very fearful during items on his handling assessment. It is important to always go slow and give Vyse the option to walk away from any social interaction. Vyse should never be forced to approach anything that he is uncomfortable with or to submit to petting or handling. It should always be Vyse’s choice to approach a new person or thing. Vyse would do best in an initially calm and quiet home environment and should be given time to acclimate to his new surroundings. Positive reinforcement, force-free training is advised.
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