CHARLIE – 18203
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Hello, my name is Charlie. My animal id is #18203. I am a female brown dog at the Manhattan Animal Care Center. The shelter thinks I am about 8 years old.
I came into the shelter as a owner surrender on 13-Jan-2018, with the surrender reason stated as person circumstance- homeless.
Charlie is at risk due to medical condition, recently diagnosed with Canine Infectious Respiratory Disease Complex which is contagious to other dogs. She will likely require in home care with a course of antibiotics. Charlie should go to an experienced adopter as her previous owner reports that she may have some resource guarding around toys and treats.
Let’s get to know each other a bit more…
A volunteer writes: Charlie clearly was never crated and a kennel is not her favorite place to stay. She voices her dismay and sits by her door, looking me right in the eyes. Who can resist a chunky mama with cropped ears and a large smile? Certainly not me. Charlie is said to pull on the leash but our walks have been quite pleasant. She seems house trained and poses when she nears other dogs, wagging her tail vigorously and sometimes raising barely her hackles. She is all excited to see kids coming out of a nearby school(according to her former owner, Charlie used to play exuberantly with them). Charlie is obedient, sits on command and absolutely loves treats that will have to be given sparingly in the future because of her generous weight. She is a sociable and friendly gal, welcoming other volunteers or staff joining us in our pen. With lots of help, Charlie is hauled on the bench and enjoys a good neck and butt scratch. Charlie did not really play with me yet, but I hope I will get her to show me all what her former owner says about her; plays with toys and balls, tug of war, chase and mostly wrestle. I really can picture her doing just that. She is a gal with character. Charlie would love to be home again, have a new master to be loyal to and play with. Come and meet her at the Manhattan Care Center. Charlie might just be the special friend you have been looking for.
My medical notes are…
Weight: 72 lbs
Details on my behavior are…
Behavior Condition: 1. Green
Date of intake:: 1/13/2018
Spay/Neuter status:: No
Means of surrender (length of time in previous home):: Owner Surrender (In home for 4 years)
Previously lived with:: An adult
Behavior toward strangers:: Outgoing and and plays somewhat rough
Behavior toward children:: Relaxed, respectful, and plays exuberantly
Behavior toward dogs:: Somewhat reactive and plays rough. More relaxed with males.
Resource guarding:: Yes, Charlie growls if her bones or toys are touched.
Bite history:: None reportrd
Energy level/descriptors:: Charlie is described as friendly, affectionate, playful, confident, independent, mellow, and excitable with a medium level of activity.
Date of assessment:: 1/16/2018
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 leans into the Assessor, eyes soft or squinty, soft and loose body, open mouth.
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:: 1. Dog does not respond at all for three seconds. Eyes are averted and ears are relaxed or back.
Paw squeeze 2:: 1. Dog does not respond at all for three seconds. Eyes are averted and ears are relaxed or back.
Flank squeeze 1:: Item not conducted
Flank squeeze 2:: Item not conducted
Toy:: 1. Dog settles close, keeps a firm grip and is loose and wiggly. Dog does not place his/her body between you and the toy.
Summary:: Charlie approached the assessor in the assessment room with a soft body. She was social throughout, allowed all handling, and displayed no concerning behaviors.
Summary:: DOG-DOG INTERACTION ASSESSMENT: Selective: These dogs can succeed with certain other dogs, but may be more selective or picky. They may dislike certain ‘types’ of dogs or styles of dog play so they may require extra supervision when interacting with other dogs. The behavior department feels that Charlie may be most compatible with male dogs who are respectful and playful. In the care center, Charlie has displayed gently playful behavior when introduced to respectful dogs. She has been observed to offer correction for more exuberant puppy play. The previous owner of Charlie describes her behavior around other dogs as “somewhat reactive”, also citing that she “plays rough”. The previous owner also described that Charlie has displayed more relaxed behavior when introduced to male dogs.
Summary (1):: 1/14: When introduced off leash to the male greeter dog, Charlie offers polite greeting, then keeps to self. She offers correction for persistent approach.
Summary (2):: 1/16-17: Charlie engages in bouncy play with a select male dog.
Date of intake:: 1/13/2018
Summary:: Upon intake Charlie had a loose body and allowed all handling.
Date of initial:: 1/13/2018
Summary:: Charlie was attention seeking and allowed handling.
ENERGY LEVEL:: Charlie’s previous owner described her as having a medium level of activity.
IN SHELTER OBSERVATIONS:: Charlie remains calm and social with handlers in the shelter environment. She allows touch and remains soft and neutral when interacting with handlers.
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 young children (under 5)
Recommendations comments:: No young children: Due to her previous owner reporting that Charlie growls when her treats or toys are touched, we recommend a home without young children. Older children who can be trusted to leave Charlie alone while in possession of resources can be considered.
Potential challenges: : Resource guarding,On-leash reactivity/barrier frustration
Potential challenges comments:: Resource guarding: Charlie’s previous owner reported that she will growl if her bones or toys are touched. For this reason, we advise against ever removing items from Charlie’s possession without safely trading for an item or greater or equal value. Guidance from a professional trainer/behaviorist is highly recommended to aid in safely managing/modifying this behavior in a new home environment. On-leash reactivity/barrier frustration: Charlie’s previous owner reported that she is somewhat reactive with other dogs. Charlie may need positive reinforcement, reward based training to teach her 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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