Safe - 12-21-2017 Manhattan
Hello, my name is Waffles. My animal id is #15544. I am a male tan dog at the Manhattan Animal Care Center. The shelter thinks I am about 3 years 1 weeks old.
I came into the shelter as a stray on 06-Dec-2017.
Waffles is at risk for medical reasons, having been diagnosed with Canine Infectious Respiratory Disease Complex, which is contagious to other dogs. Behaviorally, we suggest that Waffles would be best suited to an adult only dog experienced home.
Let’s get to know each other a bit more…
A volunteer writes: I love his name, so cute! Waffles is a handsome boy, and the color of nice crisp waffles (of course)! And, like a perfectly made waffle, he’s crisp on the outside and soft on the inside. He’s quiet in his kennel, attracting attention by being the quiet one in a row of barking dogs, sitting up front by his door. Easily leashed, we’re out the door quickly so he can go potty, and we’re off to the park. Squirrels and birds have no interest for Mr. Waffles, and we actually walked right into a group of pigeons snacking on some feed a person left for them. I could almost hear him apologize for disturbing their meal! Waffles showed how smart he is by perfectly stepping out of tangles when I had him tethered for photos. Smart boy! Waffles likes to observe everything going on around him in the park, angling for better views of people walking by, other dogs, kids, you name it. Off leash in a pen, he loved his hellos to a dog in an adjoining pen, clearly wanting to meet, and in his first group play session, greeted his female partner politely and enjoyed some play when solicited. Waffles is a well built, stocky dog, getting the feel for this new place. I’m looking forward to spending more time with him as he reveals his personality, but mostly I’m looking forward to him wagging his tail as he leaves the building with his new person/family. Another volunteer writes: Handsome is, as handsome does..I have no idea what that means, but Waffles is one handsome dog. Easily leashed, he graciously stops at each kennel on our way out to wag his tail, say hello, and I can imagine him assuring each dog that they would be walked next! He’s such a good sport! Ignoring some small yappy dogs we passed in the park, the squirrels scurrying about get his attention as he watches them run by. Waffles has done well in playgroup, enjoying a good romp with his female buddies. A coat against the cold, a good ear scratch and a canine friend or two and Waffles is ready to find his new home. Our stocky, oh so handsome boy invites you to stop by today.
My medical notes are…
Weight: 61 lbs
Details on my behavior are…
Behavior Condition: 2. Blue
Date of intake:: 12/6/2017
Spay/Neuter status:: No
Means of surrender (length of time in previous home):: Stray
Date of assessment:: 12/10/2017
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:: 2. Dog is not fearful, but is unresponsive when touched. Approaches the Assessor when the game ends (may need coaxing to approach). Dog is focused on stimuli other than the Assessor.
Paw squeeze 1:: 2. Dog quickly pulls back.
Paw squeeze 2:: 2. Dog quickly pull back.
Flank squeeze 1:: Item not conducted
Flank squeeze 2:: Item not conducted
Toy:: 1. Minimal interest in toy, dog may smell or lick, then turns away.
Summary:: Waffles approached the assessors after a few minutes in the room where he was intently sniffing around. When he did approach, he had a soft body. For most of the assessment he was aloof, more interested in sniffing the room than in the assessor. He allowed all handling and displayed no concerning behaviors.
Summary:: Waffles has displayed social, gently playful behavior toward female dogs. Behavior around male dogs has not yet been observed. The behavior team feels Waffles may be most compatible with gently playful female dogs. Follow up on behavior around male dogs should be conducted at a slow pace to respectful, socialized dogs.
Summary (1):: 12/8: When introduced off leash to a female dog, Waffles greets politely then engages in bouncy play when solicited.
Summary (2):: 12/9: Waffles engages in soft bouncy play with groups of female dogs.
Date of intake:: 12/6/2017
Summary:: Waffles growled and barked.
Date of initial:: 12/6/2017
Summary:: Waffles was tense but allowed slow handling.
ENERGY LEVEL:: We have no history on Waffles so we cannot be certain of his behavior in a home environment. However, 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.
IN SHELTER OBSERVATIONS:: When Waffles initially arrived at the shelter, he displayed warning behaviors in his kennel towards novel people (barking, distance increasing). Though he has improved with handlers (attention seeking/social), Waffles readily startles and makes attempts to increase distance when uncomfortable; he will avoid eye contact and require some time to recover.
BEHAVIOR DETERMINATION:: ADULT ONLY HOME
Behavior Asilomar: TM – Treatable-Manageable
Recommendations:: No children (under 13)
Recommendations comments:: No children (under 13): Waffles has been observed to readily startle, quickly becoming uncomfortable (jumping away, increasing distance). The behavior department believes Waffles may be best set up to succeed in an adult only home at this time due to the level of fear observed in the care center
Potential challenges: : Fearful/potential for defensive aggression,Strength/leash pulling
Potential challenges comments:: Fearful/potential for defensive aggression: Upon intake, Waffles was barking and growling at the admissions counselor, so this is a behavior he may engage in when fearful. We have no history of Waffles in a home, so we do not know if this behavior will appear in a future home, but if it does guidance from a professional trainer/behaviorist is recommended to assess behavior after decompression in a new home environment. Force-free, reward based training is advised when introducing or exposing Waffles to new and unfamiliar situations. Strength/leash pulling: Waffles is a large, strong dog with the capability to pull over an average adopter. His adopter must be prepared and able to handle a dog of this size and strength. It is recommended that he be walked on a front clip harness or head halter, which help diminish his strength through leverage, and that he be trained using positive reinforcement, reward based training to not pull on leash.
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