LIAM – 20162
Safe - 3-3-2018 Brooklyn
LIAM – 20162
**DEAF**A private donor has graciously offered to pay $300 to the New Hope partner that pulls Liam 20162 from the Brooklyn ACC. The donor requests that Liam go directly to either an adopter, foster, or sanctuary setting.
Intake Date : 2/7/18 Intake Type: Owner surrender
Medical Behavior: Yellow Age: 2 years Sex: Male
Weight: 76 lbs
DVM Intake Exam : Estimated age: ~2 years Microchip noted on Intake? negative History : o/s Subjective: BARH. Noted to be possibly deaf on rounds when he did not respond to any auditory stimuli. Same observation by behavior in playgroup. On PE did not respond to auditory stimuli either. Observed Behavior – Becomes easily startled likely due to deafness and will whip around and whale eye but otherwise does well for PE. Evidence of Cruelty seen – no Evidence of Trauma seen – no Objective : P = wnl
R = eupneic BCS 6/9 EENT: Eyes clear, ears clean, no nasal discharge noted, possibly deaf Oral Exam: clean adult dentition, no oral lesions noted PLN: No enlargements noted
H/L: NSR, NMA, CRT < 2, Lungs clear, eupneic ABD: Non painful, no masses palpated U/G: MI, 2 testicles descended MSI: Ambulatory x 4, skin free of parasites, no masses noted, healthy hair coat CNS: mentation appropriate – no signs of neurologic abnormalities Assessment: Apparently healthy, possibly deaf Plan: Continue to monitor while at BACC Prognosis: Excellent SURGERY: ok to schedule for surgery
A Little Bit About Me…
A volunteer writes: If you are looking for ransom, Liam doesn’t have money. What he does have is a very particular set of skills — skills that he has acquired over a very long career. And while he may not be able to hear you, Liam will look for you, he will find you, and he will… kiss you. To pieces. It seems his career was pleasing people, and he’s expert at it. Being deaf, Liam does need to know where you are and to see your gestures clearly so he can take cues from you. He is very sensitive to touch and hyper-aware of the sights and smells of street life, so you must help him orient himself by handling him slowly. Once he becomes familiar with your scent, Liam will do an excited little dance when your fingers graze his back. He responds well to a gentle tug to remind him that his size may make him stronger than you, and he will slow down when he feels you doing the same. It doesn’t take much to win Liam over; he is proof of just how inadequate spoken words can be where love and respect are concerned. Liam is waiting for you in Brooklyn.
Let’s get to know each other a bit more…
Basic Information: Liam is a 1 year old male white large breed mix. Owner has had Liam for 1 year and is surrendering because of a new job.
How is this dog around strangers? Around strangers Liam is very friendly and outgoing. Liam plays exuberantly with adults and will jump up and lick them.
How is this dog around children? Liam has not lived with children but has been around children in the building the age of 5 and 6. Liam is friendly with the children and plays gently.
How is this dog around other dogs? Liam has not lived with other dogs. Around other dogs outside Liam is friendly and playful. Liam plays gently with the dogs.
How is this dog around cats? Liam has not lived with cats.
Resource guarding: Liam isnt bothered when having his food bowl touched while eating or having toys and treats taken away. Liam is afraid of getting brushed and having his nails trimmed and will struggle to get away. Liam isnt bothered when being pushed off the bed or being held and restrained. Liam has not been given a bath from the previous owner before. When someone unfamiliar approaches the house or a family member Liam gets excited and will greet them.
Bite history: no known bite history
Energy level/descriptors: medium
Other Notes: During storms and fireworks Liam is calm.
For a New Family to Know : Liam was described as friendly independent and mushy. When home with Liam he will follow you around the house. Liam enjoys playing with balls, ropes, and chew toys. Liam eats wet and dry food twice a day. Liam is house trained and goes outside 3 times a day. Liam prefers to go to the bathroom on grass. Liam pulls hard on the leash and when off the leash will usually stay close by you. Liam is well behaved when left in the house and yard alone. For exercise Liam goes to dog parks and regular parks. Liam knows the command sit. Liam was crate trained as a puppy but does not use it anymore.
Behavior Notes: During intake Liam was very energetic. Liam came up to the counselor with a loose wiggly body. Liam was get wiggly when trying to scan and collar but he allowed all handling . very sweet and attention seeking.
My medical notes are…
Details on my behavior are…
Date of assessment: 12-Feb-2018
Look: 2. Dog pulls out of Assessor’s hands each time without settling during three repetitions.
Sensitivity: 1. Dog leans into the Assessor, eyes soft or squinty, soft and loose body, open mouth.
Tag: 1. Dog follows at the end of the leash, body soft.
Paw squeeze 1: 1. Dog gently pulls back his/her paw.
Paw squeeze 2: 1. Dog gently pulls back his/her paw.
Toy: 1. Minimal interest in toy, dog may smell or lick, then turns away.
Summary: Liam was a bit timid upon entering the behavior room though rapidly warmed up
PLAY GROUP :
Liam is initially nervous when he greets novel dogs. As his session contniues he becomes confident and solicits gentle play. According to Liam’s previous owner, Liam was social around other dogs. The Behavior Department recommends that Liam be placed in a home with resident dogs that match his gentle play style.
2/8: When off leash at the Care Centers, Liam nervously greets the novel female dogs with a tucked tail. He explores the pens while occasionally checking in with her. As she repeatedly solicits play, Liam eventually reciprocates with a few bounces.
2/9: Liam continues to to be playful with a novel female dog. He engages in burst of bouncy play.
2/10- 2/13: Liam engaged in bouncy play with both male and female dogs. He is initially distracted by the environment but will eventually solicit. He tolerates a player with higher energy than his and of a male that repeatedly place his chin on his back.
Date of intake: 7-Feb-2018
Summary: Liam was very energetic and relaxed allowed all handling.
Date of initial: 8-Feb-2018
Summary: Becomes easily startled likely due to deafness.
ENERGY LEVEL: Liam displays a high energy level in the care center – in his previous home environment he displays a medium energy level.
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 the behavior seen in the care center, we feel that Liam may be intimidated by young children. He needs a slow approach and time to warm up. He should never be forced to interact with new people, and should be allowed to greet and initiate an interaction at his own pace.
Potential challenges: Fearful
Potential challenges comments:
Fearful: Though observed to be human-social, Liam may need time to warm up to the handler as he initially presents as a fearful dog, avoiding contact, shying away from direct touch. We recommend allowing Liam to interact at his own pace, force-free, rewarding based training is advised when introducing him to new/unfamiliar situations.
2/9/18: Liam was sitting on his kuranda bed and got up and came to the front of his kennel when I approached. He was easy to rope and remove from his kennel. He walked calmly on the rope until we got to the SAFER room. I easily attached his drag leash and Liam began to explore the room. He did not solicit any attention from me, until I presented a treat which he did not take from my hand. I tried two other treats and then he took one of them gently from my hand. He demonstrated that he knew the cue “sit” and continued to take treats from my hand. I knelt down and he came up to me and allowed me to pet his entire body, which was loose and wiggly. When the session ended, he was easy to rope and went right back into his kennel with no problems.
2/16/18 Behavior Note: Recently Liam has been freezing, growling, and snapping at the kennel door upon approach, although his behaviors outside the kennel don’t appear to be deteriorating. Because his kennel presence has been declining, we’d love to find him placement ASAP!
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