WHEAT THIN – 21194
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Hello, my name is Wheat Thin. My animal id is #21194. I am a female brown dog at the Brooklyn Animal Care Center. The shelter thinks I am about 6 months old.
I came into the shelter as a owner surrender on 20-Feb-2018, with the surrender reason stated as not a fit – too many animals already.
Wheat Thin was placed at risk due to behavior concerns: Wheat thin is difficult to remove from the kennel; she is fearful, pancakes to the floor,and trembles. She appears to be uncomfortable/afraid of the slip lead. She has also allowed minimal handling from his caretakers.
My medical notes are…
Weight: 34.6 lbs
Details on my behavior are…
Behavior Condition: 2. Blue
Date of intake:: 2/20/2018
Spay/Neuter status:: No
Means of surrender (length of time in previous home):: Owner surrender
Previously lived with:: Owner, and dogs.
Behavior toward strangers:: Wheat thin is nervous and shy when first meeting new people.
Behavior toward children:: Wheat thin has not spent time around children before.
Behavior toward dogs:: She was playful and relaxed around them.
Behavior toward cats:: Wheat thin has not spent time around cats before.
Resource guarding:: Wheat thin will not resource guard her food with her owner, but she will growl at the other dogs if they come around her while she is eating. She does not resource guard with toys.
Energy level/descriptors:: Wheat thin is described as being playful, shy and excitable with a high energy.
Date of assessment:: 2/22/2018
Summary:: Unable to SAFER due to behavior concerns Wheat thin is difficult to remove from the kennel; she is fearful, pancakes to the floor,and trembles. She appears to be uncomfortable/afraid of the slip lead. She has also allowed minimal handling from his caretakers. Out of concern for her stress levels and her response to restraint, we feel Wheat thin is not a great candidate for a handling assessment at this time. Please see her-In shelter observation.
Summary (1):: According to Wheat thin’s previous owner,Wheat Thin lived with her mother, father and litter mates. She was playful around them, but would growl at them when they were near her food. 2/21: When off leash at the Care Centers, Wheat Thin is nervous-displaying a tuck tail and low body. She briefly greets the novel male dog, then moves away. She bares her teeth then hides when he attempts to solicit play with play bows. 2/22: In a group of calm female dogs, Wheat thin hid under the table most of the session. He briefly greeted the other dogs when they were near.
Date of intake:: 2/20/2018
Summary:: Wheat thin was fearful and hid from the counselor.
Date of initial:: 2/20/2018
Summary:: Wheat thin was hunched down, and nervous.
IN SHELTER OBSERVATIONS:: 2/22/18 When the handler approached Wheat Thin’s kennel she was lying down on her kuranda bed and immediately retreated to the back corner of her kennel with her ears back and whale eyes. As the handler opened the door, she ran forward to flee out the kennel, so they quickly closed the door and she retreated to the corner again. She was fairly easy to rope and take out of the kennel and brought to the SAFER room due to it being a quiet room. Once in the room she began to relieve herself and tried to hide under the desk. The handler walked her over to the middle of the room and attached a drag leash and she began to defecate on herself. With the drag leash attached, she went over to the corner and faced the wall and was visibly trembling. She was offered treats and sniffed them, but did not show any other interest in them. When another handler entered the room, she immediately retreated to corner and tried to make herself as small as possible. After a couple of minutes of her being left alone in the corner, the handler slowly moved Wheat Thin closer and she had a tense body and whale eyes. Wheat Thin allowed to be pet on her head and body, but was displayed signs she was uncomfortable; trembling, tense body, and whale eyes. After a couple minutes, she briefly placed her head on the handler’s lap. When the interaction was over, she went back into her kennel and retreated to the back of her kennel once again.
BEHAVIOR DETERMINATION:: NEW HOPE ONLY
Behavior Asilomar: TM – Treatable-Manageable
Recommendations:: No children (under 13),Place with a New Hope partner
Recommendations comments:: No children: Due to how uncomfortable Snow is currently with touch and novel stimuli, we feel that an adult-only home would be most beneficial at this time. Place with new hope partner: Wheat thin has not acclimated well to the kennel environment and has allowed only minimal handling since intake. We recommend placement with a New Hope partner who can provide any necessary behavior modification (force-free, positive reinforcement-based) and re-evaluate behavior in a stable home environment before placement into a permanent home.
Potential challenges: : Resource guarding,Handling/touch sensitivity,Fearful
Potential challenges comments:: Resource Guarding: Due to potential food guarding behavior-with pets. (Wheat thin) appears to resource guard her food (Growling) when approached by another pet. As per her owner (Wheat thin) guards from other dogs but not from people. We recommend her be fed separately from other pets and that toys/treats only be given one-on-one situations so she does not feel a need to guard the items. Handling/touch sensitivity: Wheat thin has been noted to become uncomfortable with handling at times, especially when a person is reaching over her. It is important to always go slow and give Wheat thin the option to walk away from any social interaction. Wheat thin should never be forced to approach anything that she is uncomfortable with or to submit to petting or handling. It should always be Wheat thin’ s choice to approach a new person or thing. Wheat thin may do best in an initially calm and quiet home environment and should be given time to acclimate to her new surroundings. Fearful: Wheat thin has shown high levels of fear in the care center in each interaction, though she manages her stress well and has not escalated to warning signs. She needs a very slow approach and the ability to warm up to new people and new environments at her own pace. Wheat thin should be permitted to initiate interactions and solicit attention when he feels comfortable, rather than being forced to interact.
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