BUTCH – 20300
Gone - 2-23-2018 Manhattan
Hello, my name is Butch. My animal id is #20300. I am a desexed male gray dog at the Manhattan Animal Care Center. The shelter thinks I am about 5 years 1 weeks old.
I came into the shelter as a owner surrender on 09-Feb-2018, with the surrender reason stated as person circumstance- landlord won’t allow (nycha).
Butch is at risk due to behavior. He is fearful and stressed in kennel and begins to shake when approached. He is no longer a candidate for playgroup due to dog to dog behavior seen. There are no medical concerns for Butch at this time.
Butch is at risk due to medical reasons, recently diagnosed with Canine Infectious Respiratory Disease Complex which is contagious to other dogs. He will likely require in home care with a course of antibiotics. We recommend Butch go to an experienced adopter.
Let’s get to know each other a bit more…
A volunteer writes: When his former family says ‘Butch’s favorite thing to do is give kisses’ how could he not have me at hello? This platinum-coated Prince definitely knows how to win a gal over on the first date, giving out wonderful stand-up hugs, offering soft smooches and greeting everyone we pass with shy puppy dog eyes you could lose yourself in. As affectionate and playful as he is once you’ve earned his trust, Butch is also fearful of strangers so being surrounded by them at the Care Center is understandably not easy for him. He rejected the advances of earlier volunteers but a little sweet talk and gentle encouragement earned me the privilege of an easy stroll in the rain and after I dried him off and snapped a few photos, he treated me to a short snuggle session in return. Butch lived in relaxed harmony with his same-sized doggie sister and we’re told he’s happy to share his food and toys and doesn’t mind a good bath or brushing either. His likes include squeaky toys, chilling in his crate, playing with his family and showing off his knowledge of come, sit and lay down commands. His dislikes are more limited and can be summed up in three words: No cats, please! I can’t wait to spend a second date being loved on by Butch but for him the happiest ending would be a date with destiny in the form of a loving new forever family. Giving kisses is Butch’s favorite thing to do so visit our Manhattan Care Center and claim your lifetime supply today.
My medical notes are…
Weight: 70 lbs
Details on my behavior are…
Behavior Condition: 2. Blue
Date of intake:: 2/9/2018
Spay/Neuter status:: No
Means of surrender (length of time in previous home):: Owner Surrender
Previously lived with:: Adults and a dog
Behavior toward strangers:: Fearful but friendly once he warms up
Behavior toward dogs:: Friendly and relaxed with the dog he lived with but sometimes reactive with other dogs
Behavior toward cats:: Has chased and bitten a cat
Resource guarding:: None reported
Bite history:: Yes, Butch has bitten and broken skin on a cat. There is no reported bite history to a person.
Energy level/descriptors:: Butch is described as affectionate and playful with a high level of activity.
Other Notes:: Owner reported that Butch is “a little aggressive”
Date of assessment:: 2/12/2018
Look:: 2. Dog’s eyes are averted, body posture is stiff and fearful, tail is low and not moving. Dog allows head to be held loosely in Assessor’s cupped hands.
Sensitivity:: 2. Dog stands still and accepts the touch, eyes are averted, tail is between legs, body stiff, mouth closed, lip long, ears likely back, may lip lick.
Tag:: 1. Dog follows at the end of the leash, body soft.
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:: Butch appeared anxious in the assessment room, pacing, panting, and whining. When coaxed, he approached the assessor with a soft body. He was tense during some of teh handling, but other times he solicited attention, nudginv the assessor’s hand. Butch allowed all handling.
Summary (1):: 2/12: When introduced off leash to the female greeter dog, Butch is tense and fearful. When approached, he lip curls and low growls. The previous owner of Butch describes that he was “playful” and “relaxed” with the other dog in the home, but also cites that he may become “reactive” with unfamiliar dogs. The behavior department recommends allowing Butch time to decompress outside the care center before immediate follow up on behavior around dogs. Future follow up should be supervised and the guidance of a positive reinforcement trainer or behaviorist is recommended.
Date of intake:: 2/9/2018
Summary:: Butch had a tucked tail and was whining.
Date of initial:: 2/9/2018
Summary:: Butch sought attention and allowed handling.
ENERGY LEVEL:: Butch’s previous owner described his as having a 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.
IN SHELTER OBSERVATIONS:: Butch has been fearful in the shelter environment. He has allowed touch when interacting with handlers but has kept his distance at times. However, after sufficient time to acclimate, Butch has begun to become more social with handlers, choosing to approach them, soliciting attention, and remain near them.
BEHAVIOR DETERMINATION:: EXPERIENCE (suitable for an adopter with some previous dog experience, especially with the behaviors outlined below)
Behavior Asilomar: TM – Treatable-Manageable
Recommendations:: No children (under 13),No cats,Single-pet home,Recommend no dog parks
Recommendations comments:: No children: Butch’s previous owner reported that he is “a little aggressive”. As we do not know what was meant by the statement, we recommend an adult only home. Single pet/no dog parks: Butch should be allowed time to decompress before immediate introductions to other animals, based on concerning behavior observed both in our care and by the previous owner.
Potential challenges: : Fearful/potential for defensive aggression,Anxiety,On-leash reactivity/barrier frustration
Potential challenges comments:: Fearful/potential for defensive aggression: Butch is described as fearful with new people and “sometimes a little aggressive”. He appears fearful at the care center. It is important to always go slow and give Butch the option to walk away from any social interaction. Butch should never be forced to approach anything that he is uncomfortable with or to submit to petting or handling. It should always be Butch’s choice to approach a new person or thing. Butch would do best in an initially calm and quiet home environment and should be given time to acclimate to his new surroundings. We do not know what the owner was referring to when he referred to Butch as “a little aggressive”, but if any of this behavior surfaces in a new home, guidance should be sought from a positive reinforcement, force free trainer/behaviorist. Anxiety: Butch appears anxious at the care center, whining and pacing. We do not know if this behavior will be present outside of the care center. If it does occur, we recommend giving her puzzle toys, long walks, and things to do to relieve her anxiety. Positive reinforcement, reward based training only should be used. On-leash reactivity/barrier frustration: in his previous home, Butch was reported to react to other dogs. Butch 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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