LOUIE – 20766
Gone - 2-20-2018 Manhattan
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Hello, my name is Louie. My animal id is #20766. I am a desexed male tan dog at the Manhattan Animal Care Center. The shelter thinks I am about 5 years old.
I came into the shelter as a owner surrender on 15-Feb-2018, with the surrender reason stated as animal behaviour – aggressive to other animals.
Louie is at risk for behavior reasons. Louie displays high levels of resource guarding, and has a history of reactivity towards other dogs. We are seeking placement for Louie only with a New Hope partner. Medically, Louie is obese and has some patchy areas of hair loss, but presents as an otherwise healthy dog.
My medical notes are…
Weight: 106.8 lbs
Details on my behavior are…
Behavior Condition: 2. Blue
Date of intake:: 2/15/2018
Spay/Neuter status:: Yes
Means of surrender (length of time in previous home):: Owner Surrender (In home for 5 years)
Previously lived with:: An adult and a dog
Behavior toward strangers:: Friendly, outgoing, and exuberantly playful
Behavior toward children:: Relaxed and playful
Behavior toward dogs:: Reactive
Resource guarding:: Yes, Louie will growl and snap if his food or toys are touched.
Bite history:: Yes, two years ago Louie bit the other dog in the home. He grabbed onto the other dog’s face and did not let go, leaving punctures. He has continued to attempt to bite the other dog in the home since then.
Energy level/descriptors:: He is described as friendly, playful, excitable, and pushy with a medium level of activity.
Date of assessment:: 2/18/2018
Look:: 2. Dog pulls out of Assessor’s hands each time without settling during three repetitions.
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:: 2. Dog is not fearful, but is unresponsive when touched. Approaches the Assessor when the game ends (may need coaxing to approach). Dog is focused on stimuli other than the Assessor.
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:: Louie was interested in sniffing around the assessment room and did not approach the assessor. He allowed the assessor to approach him but remained aloof throughout the assessment. He allowed all handling.
Summary (1):: 2/16: Louie is muzzled for his first off leash interaction due to known bite history with the dog in his previous home. When approached by the female dog, Louie remains completely still and stiff with tucked tail. The female sniffs him all over, but Louie does not move or engage at all.
Date of intake:: 2/15/2018
Summary:: Louie allowed all handling.
Date of initial:: 2/15/2018
Summary:: Louie was tense but allowed handling/
ENERGY LEVEL:: Louie’s previous owner described him as having a medium level of activity.
BEHAVIOR DETERMINATION:: NEW HOPE ONLY
Behavior Asilomar: TM – Treatable-Manageable
Recommendations:: No children (under 13),Single-pet home,Recommend no dog parks,Place with a New Hope partner
Recommendations comments:: No children: Due to the severity of resource guarding displayed in his previous home, we recommend an adult only home. Single pet home/no dog parks: Due to bite history involving other dogs, it is recommended Louie does not attend dog park settings. He should be the only resident dog in a new home. Place with a New Hope partner: Due to the severity of Louie’s bite to the dog he lived with, the behavior department recommends Louie be placed with a New Hope placement partner who is able to provide an experienced adult-only foster home. A period of decompression is recommended to allow Louie to acclimate comfortably to his new environment; force-free, reward based training only is advised when introducing Louie to new and unfamiliar situations. Consultation with a professional trainer/behaviorist is highly recommended for guidance to safely manage/modify any behavior Louie presents with outside of the care centers.
Potential challenges: : Resource guarding,On-leash reactivity/barrier frustration
Potential challenges comments:: Resource guarding: Louie is reported to growl and snap if his food or toys are touched. For this reason, we advise against ever removing items from Louie’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: Louie is reported to be reactive towards other dogs and has bitten another dog. Louie 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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