BLAZE – 23777
Safe - 4-11-2018 Manhattan
BLAZE – 23777
Intake Date : 3/26/18 Intake Type: Owner surrender
Medical Behavior: Blue Age: 5 years Sex: Male
Weight: 66 lbs
LVT intake : BARH scan negative male intact tense, nervous 5 yrs old reported mild tartar mild ear infection clean coat BCS 6/9 NOSF
A Little Bit About Me…
A volunteer writes: You know when you go to the park and you see an amazing looking dog with a huge smile, sparkling eyes and wagging tail just waiting for his person to throw the ball? And you have dog envy thinking, ‘I wish that was my dog’. Well, this is your chance as Blaze is waiting! He’s a magnificent looking dog, sparkling and fun, ready for a walk, a game of fetch and a chance to go potty. Surrendered by his person with whom he lived since he was 2 weeks old, we’re told Blaze is gentle with children, may bark initially at a stranger but then is friendly and outgoing, likes to play with small dogs, is not a lover of cats, doesn’t like to be bothered when he’s eating, and is described as “friendly, affectionate, playful and excitable”. Blaze did well in his first playgroup with a female, engaging in play when solicited. I thoroughly enjoyed my time with Blaze. In addition to being amazing eye candy (he’s gorgeous), his fun and sweet personality, his sparkling eyes all hold the promise of an amazing companion. At five years old puppy crazies are done, but he still holds the promise and excitement of a great day ahead. So, put your dog envy aside, and come meet our Blaze and then you’ll be
the one with the dog that people envy!
Let’s get to know each other a bit more…
Basic Information:Blaze is a 5 year old, male, large breed dog. Previous owner got him from a friend when he was 2 weeks old and had had him ever since. Unfortunately, owner had to surrender due to not being able to have pets in her home. Blaze has no known health issues and was at the vet last year for vaccines.
Previously lived with:3 adults
How is this dog around strangers?Blaze will bark initially at strangers but is friendly and outgoing with them. he plays gently with adults.
How is this dog around children?Blaze has spent time around children ages 3 and up and he is relaxed, playful and respectful. He plays gently with them.
How is this dog around other dogs?Blaze is dog reactive with large dogs and will try to attack them. He is friendly and relaxed with small dogs. He plays gently with small dogs.
How is this dog around cats?Blaze will try to chase acts he sees in the street.
Resource guarding:Blaze will growl when his food is touched while he is eating. He isn’t bothered when treats or toys are touched or taken from him.
Bite history:Blaze has never bitten another person or animal.
Energy level/descriptors:very high
Other Notes:Blaze isnt bothered when he is pushed or pulled off furniture, held or restrained, disturbed while sleeping, or having his paws touched. he has never had his nails trimmed. He is afraid of baths but will allow them. He has never been brushed. He will bark if a stranger knocks on door or approaches owner in street.
Has this dog ever had any medical issues?No
Medical NotesBlaze has no known medical issues.
For a New Family to KnowBlaze is described as friendly, affectionate, playful and excitable dog. He has a very high energy level and loves to play. He will follow you around when you are home and loves to play with rubber toys, antlers and squeaky toys. He enjoys playing fetch and tug. He is indoors only and sleeps with his owner. He eats pedigree dry food about 3-4 times a day as well as human food. He is house trained and rarely never has accidents in the home. He prefers the grass ans may bark and whine when left alone. He was crate trained but no longer needs it. He knows the commands sit, come, and stay. He gets slow walks on leash for exercise and will pull very hard. When walked off leash he will wander some but come when called.
Behavior Notes: Upon intake, Blaze was friendly. He had a wiggly body and waggy tail and took treats gently from counselor. He allowed counselor to leash and take picture.
Details on my behavior are…
Date of assessment: 28-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 assumes play position and joins the game. Or dog indicates play with huffing, soft ‘popping’ of the body, etc. Dog might jump on Assessor once play begins.
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: 2. Dog takes toy away, keeps a firm hold. His/her body is between you and the toy, and is loose and wiggly. No growling or stiffness.
Summary: Blaze approached the assessor in the assessment room with a soft body. He was social during the assessment and allowed all handling. During tag, he jumped up high and grabbed the leash in his mouth. He relinquished the leash reluctantly.
PLAY GROUP :
3/27: When introduced off leash to the female helper dog, Blaze initially keeps more to himself but allows approach. When solicited with play, he begins to reciprocate and engage.
3/28: Blaze engages in play with intent to mount.
Date of intake: 26-Mar-2018
Summary: Blaze had a soft body and was social.
Date of initial: 27-Mar-2018
Summary: Blaze was tense.
ENERGY LEVEL: Blaze’s previous owner described him as having a very high level of activity. We recommend long-lasting chews, food puzzles, and hide-and-seek games, in additional to physical exercise, to positively direct his 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)
Recommendations comments: No young children: Due to his previous owner reporting that Blaze growls when his food bowl is touched, we recommend a home without young children. Older children who can be trusted to leave Blaze alone while eating can be considered.
Potential challenges: Resource guarding, Social hyperarousal, On-leash reactivity/barrier frustration
Potential challenges comments: Resource guarding: Blaze’s previous owner notes that he may growl when his food bowl is touched. We recommend that Blaze be left along 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 Blaze’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.
Social hyperarousal: Blaze quickly becomes over aroused in the presence of excitement, jumping up and grabbing the leash. Positive reinforcement, force-free training should be used to teach Blze to remain around things he finds exciting. He should be rewarded with treats when calm. If he escalates to jumping or leash biting, people should immediately walk away from and separate themselves from Blaze.
On-leash reactivity/barrier frustration: Blaze’s previous owner reported that he reacts to dogs on leash. This has also been observed at the care center when Blaze is on leash, as he reacts to them by lunging towards them, barking and growling. Blaze may need positive reinforcement, reward based training to teach him to look at you rather than other dogs. We recommend a front clip harness or head halter to help manage this behavior.
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