YODA – A1106619
Safe - 5-18-2017 Staten Island
YODA – A1106619
**SAFER : EXPERIENCED HOME / NO YOUNG CHILDREN**
NEUTERED MALE, TAN / WHITE, GREAT DANE MIX, 1 yr, 1 mos
STRAY – STRAY WAIT, NO HOLD Reason STRAY
Intake condition EXAM REQ Intake Date 03/20/2017, From NY 10314, DueOut Date 03/23/2017
Medical Behavior Evaluation BLUE
Medical Summary stray BCS 5/9 EENT: Eyes clear, ears clean, no nasal discharge noted Oral Exam: limited oral exam, clean adult teeth seen PLN: No enlargements noted H/L: NSR, NMA, CRT < 2, Lungs clear, eupneic ABD: Non painful, no masses palpated U/G: MI, 2 descended testicles MSI: Ambulatory x 4, skin free of parasites, no masses noted, healthy hair coat CNS: mentation appropriate – no signs of neurologic abnormalities Assessment: Approx 1 yo MI Pit Bull appears healthy Plan okay for neuter
A Staff memeber writes : Yoda is an energetic boy that was found as a stray wandering the streets. He took comfort with the finders and jumped right into their car. He is sweet and does well in dog playgroup however, Yoda will benefit from puppy training to learn basic manners
A volunteer writes: Yoda is 70 pounds of hugs and love! He is truly happy to see you when it’s time for his walk, and had to stop midway through to give hugs. He has all the energy a one year old should have, but makes it even better because of the pure joy he exudes! If you’d like to adopt this lovable hugger, please stop by our Staten Island Care Center.
KNOWN HISTORY: None
Unaltered male, stray
Look: 1. Dog’s eyes are averted. His ears are back, his tail is down, and he has a relaxed body posture. Dog allows head to be held loosely in Assessor’s cupped hands.
Sensitivity: 1. Dog leans into the Assessor, tail wagging, soft and loose body, licks assessor’s hand
Tag: 2. Dog is not fearful, but is unresponsive to the Assessor, a bit distracted, jumps up on assessor at end of game.
Squeeze 1 / 2: 2. Dog pulls back paw.
Toy: 1. Minimal interest in Toy, dog may sniffs, then turns away.
Dog-dog: 2. Dog approaches helper dog with tail at spine level, body not stiff, ears relaxed, lip neutral.
Summary: Yoda was active, enthusiastic, and social throughout assessment, jumping up at end of Tag item.
DOG-DOG INTERACTION ASSESSMENT:
In the company of another dog in playgroup, Yoda remains consistently playful and bouncy, but will taper his exuberance to match the playstyle of his playmate, responds very well to other dog’s corrections. If another dog is overly pushy he will choose to retreat. With another dog in the yard, Yoda does not jump or mouth handlers in any way. Yoda would do best in a home with another playful resident dog to positively direct his energy and enthusiasm as well as socialization which will assist in his basic manners.
APRIL: When off leash with other dogs, Yoda greets very bouncy and playfully at the gate. Once introduced off leash, Yoda instantly positions to mount. He does not respond to handlers corrections. When greeting a shy male dog, Yoda instantly attempts to mount. Yoda did not respond to handler’s correction and was persistent in his attempts to mount.
5/2: Yoda is very polite, bouncy and playful when greeted by a novel female. He responded very well when corrected for sexual behavior. Yoda displayed very social, playful and tolerant behavior but does lack body awareness. Yoda plays exuberantly but is able to respond to another dog’s cues to slow down.
5/3: Yoda engaged in mouthy, rough and rowdy play with a social male.
5/4: Yoda is playful and a bit rough with a shy female puppy. He will often paw slap and rush into other dogs.
5/10: Yoda continues to engage in rough and rowdy play. He is able to taper his pushy behavior to a shy female.
5/11: Yoda engaged in rough, mouthy play with a vocally playful female. He was slow to respond to her corrections but eventually was able to settle.
During his initial medical exam, Yoda was tense but allowed all handling.
We have no history on Yoda so we cannot be certain of his behavior in a home environment. In the care center Yoda has been active and enthusiastic. He may have a low threshold for arousal and need guidance to learn how to appropriately channel that energy when he becomes overstimulated. Yoda 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 and to train desirable behaviors that can be rewarded.
RECOMMENDATIONS: Experience (suitable for an adopter with some previous dog experience, especially with behaviors outlined below)
_X_No young children (under 5) – Yoda is a very large, strong dog with the capability to pull over an average adopter. We feel this may not be appropriate for a home with very young children. His adopter must be prepared and able to handle a dog of this size and strength.
_X_Basic manners/Poor impulse control – Yoda walks well on leash, but off leash can become overstimulated and jump up on handlers. It is recommended that default behaviors such as ‘leave it’, ‘sit/stay’, ‘down’ are reinforced to substitute any frustration and teach him to control his impulses instead of simply reacting. Force-free reward based training only is recommended.
_X_Mouthiness/Poor bite inhibition – Yoda has shown some mouthiness while jumping up on his handlers at the care center, at times with moderate pressure. This should be replaced with an alternative behavior as it can frighten people. We recommend never playing with bare hands- always with a toy- and ending play or attention whenever Yoda puts teeth on skin. He should be rewarded with attention and treats when he stops and/or he is seeking attention in alternative ways.
Yoda is a huge puppy who is unaware of how big he is. He jumps very high and can, at times, mouth my arm and grab on my sweater, no pressure. Getting him on a leash outside is a bit of a challenge as he avoids and runs away. Once hes on the leash, he walks in his kennel no problem.
April: Yoda continues to display these same behaviors. He is very jumpy, and being that he is so large he jumps quite high and hard. He can be mouthy at times but is easly settled with treats. Yoda likes to mouthy clothing like sweaters or shoes. He is easy in and out of his kennel.
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