OPIE – 18209
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Hello, my name is Opie. My animal id is #18209. I am a desexed male tan dog at the Brooklyn Animal Care Center. The shelter thinks I am about 4 years old.
I came into the shelter as a owner surrender on 13-Jan-2018, with the surrender reason stated as person circumstance- no time for animal.
Opie was placed at risk due to behavior concerns; Opie’s previous owner notes that in the home he may growl/snap when his food bowl is approached. Potential resource guarding was observed in the care center as Opie became tense and bared teeth when engaged with toy item. Due to all noted concerns displayed in a home/care center environment, the behavior department recommends Opie be placed with a New Hope placement partner who is able to provide an experienced adult-only foster home.
My medical notes are…
Weight: 32.8 lbs
Details on my behavior are…
Behavior Condition: 3. Yellow
Date of intake:: 1/13/2018
Spay/Neuter status:: Yes
Means of surrender (length of time in previous home):: Owner surrender (in home for 3 years)
Previously lived with:: 1 adult, cat
Behavior toward strangers:: Friendly, outgoing; will bark but settles after sniffing
Behavior toward children:: Relaxed, playful
Behavior toward dogs:: Has visited dog parks and is playful though has barked at smaller dogs.
Behavior toward cats:: Respectful, tolerant
Resource guarding:: Opie is reported to resource guard his food/food bowl; he will growl and snap.
Bite history:: None reported
Energy level/descriptors:: Friendly, affectionate and playful with a high energy level
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 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 follows at the end of the leash, body soft.
Paw squeeze 1:: 3. Dog closes mouth, becomes stiff.
Paw squeeze 2:: Item not conducted
Flank squeeze 1:: 1. Dog does not respond at all.
Flank squeeze 2:: 1. Dog does not respond at all.
Toy:: 3. Dog takes toy away, keeps a firm hold. Body is stiff.
Summary:: Opie was relaxed, and engages with the assessor. He allowed some handling but became tense and uncomfortable with paw squeeze. Opie was tense and takes away toy while baring teeth.
Summary (1):: According to Opie’s previous owner, Opie interacted with dogs at the dog park and previously has been relaxed and playful, but as of recently has been barking at the smaller dogs. 1/16: When off leash at the Care Centers, Opie is sexually motivated and attempts to mount the female greeter. He listens to both corrections and handler interruptions, and spends the rest of his session exploring the area. 1/18: Opie solicited and engaged in bouts of cooperative play, with a primary goal of mounting the female dog. He was tolerant of her paw slaps and mounts, and whines throughout the session.
Date of intake:: 1/13/2018
Summary:: Friendly, allowed handling
Date of initial:: 1/13/2018
Summary:: Initially attention seeking though become tense upon handling and escalated to snapping
ENERGY LEVEL:: Opie displays a high energy level in the care center in line with what is reported in his previous home environment.
BEHAVIOR DETERMINATION:: NEW HOPE ONLY
Behavior Asilomar: TM – Treatable-Manageable
Recommendations:: No children (under 13),Place with a New Hope partner
Recommendations comments:: No children Place with a new hope partner: Due to all noted concerns displayed in a home/care center environment, the behavior department recommends Opie 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 Opie to acclimate comfortably to his new environment; force-free, reward based training only is advised when introducing Opie to new and unfamiliar situations. Consultation with a professional trainer/behaviorist is highly recommended for guidance to safely manage/modify any behavior Opie presents with outside of the care centers.
Potential challenges: : Resource guarding,Handling/touch sensitivity
Potential challenges comments:: Resource guarding: Opie’s previous owner notes that in the home he may growl/snap when his food bowl is approached. Potential resource guarding was observed in the care center as Opie became tense and bared teeth when engaged with toy item. Nothing should ever be taken directly out of Opie’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. We recommend that Opie 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. Handling/touch sensitivity:Opie has been noted to become uncomfortable with handling at times, especially when a person is reaching over him. It is important to always go slow and give Opie the option to walk away from any social interaction. Opie should never be forced to approach anything that he is uncomfortable with or to submit to petting or handling. It should always be Opie’s choice to approach a new person or thing. Opie may do best in an initially calm and quiet home environment and should be given time to acclimate to his new surroundings.
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