ROCKY – 26698
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ROCKY – 26698
Intake Date: 5/1/18, Intake Type: Owner Surrender
Medical Behavior: Blue Sex: Male Age: 8 years
Weight: 71 lbs
DVM Intake Exam; Estimated age: Reported 8 years old – exam is consistent with this; Microchip noted on Intake? Scanned negative – MC placed during exam; History : Surrendered. No health concerns reported. Subjective: Alert, tail wagging slowly, walks well on leash. Observed Behavior – Slightly standoffish but allows all handling. Objective ; BAR-H, MMs pink and moist, BCS 6/9; EENT: Moderate epiphora OU and tear staining extending from medial canthus OU down muzzle. Eyes clear, ears clean, no nasal discharge noted. Oral Exam: Mild tartar; PLN: No enlargements noted; H/L: NSR, NMA, CRT < 2, Lungs clear, eupnic; ABD: Non painful, no masses palpated; U/G: Male intact, testicles S/S; MSI: Ambulatory x 4, skin free of parasites, no masses noted, healthy hair coat; CNS: Mentation appropriate – no signs of neurologic abnormalities; Rectal: Slightly erythematous externally. Assessment: Epiphora – tear staining indicates chronic discharge. R/O allergies vs. facial conformation vs. other. Prognosis: Good; Plan: Diphenhydramine 75 mg PO BID x14 days to see if this helps the epiphora and tear staining; SURGERY: Okay for surgery
A Little Bit About Me…
Let’s get to know each other a bit more…
Basic Information: Rocky is a black and white 8 year old large mixed breed dog. He lived with his previous owner for 8 years. He was surrendered when his owner was unable to renew his lease while having her in the house.
Previously lived with: 1 adult, 1 child
How is this dog around strangers? Rocky is friendly and outgoing towards strangers.
How is this dog around children? Rocky lived with a 3 year old. He was very affectionate with the child. The little girl used to sleep on Rocky as if he was a pillow.
How is this dog around other dogs? Rocky previously lived with one large mixed breed female dog. Her owner says that they loved each other. They would cuddle together and lick each others faces. Rocky will focus on dogs that bark at her. He is playful every time he sees a puppy, and enjoys running around with them.
How is this dog around cats? Rocky has never been around a cat.
Resource guarding: Rocky is friendly if his food bowl, treats, and toys are touched while hes eating or playing.
Bite history: Rocky has never bitten a person or an animal.
Energy level/descriptors: Medium energy level, playful, friendly
Other Notes: Rocky sometimes destroys wires in the home. He isn’t bothered if shes told to get off the couch or if hes held. He’s friendly if hes disturbed while sleeping. He is friendly when hes bathed and brushed. He isn’t bothered when his nails are trimmed. He barks if the other dog he lived with began to bark.
Has this dog ever had any medical issues? No
Medical Notes : Rocky has no known medical issues.
For a New Family to Know : Rocky was kept as a mostly indoors dog. He used to follow his owner around the home. He liked to wrestle with her owner and the other dog he lived with. He used to play with anything made out of wood or plastic. He also liked playing with squeaky toys. He sleeps anywhere in the house. He was fed both wet and dry food three times a day. He is house trained and uses the bathroom on grass or cement. He’s well behaved when Hes left alone. He knows the cue for “sit” and “stay,” in Spanish. For exercise Hes used to running outside. He pulls hard on his leash and stays by his owners side when hes taken off the leash.
Behavior Notes: : Upon intake, Rocky was licking the face of the other dog he came in with when she began to whine. He had a loose body, soft eyes, and a wagging tail. He allowed me to put a leash on him. He began wagging his tail quicker and play bowing when I showed him the collar. He did not stand still for a photo, and instead tried to jump on me to play.
Details on my behavior are…
Date of assessment: 3-May-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 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.
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: In the assessment room, Rocky was whining continuously and panting, displaying signs of anxiety. He approached the assessor and was social, soliciting attention by nudging the assessor’s hand. He whined throughout the assessment but remained social and allowed all handling.
PLAY GROUP :
5/2: When introduced off leash to a female dog, Rocky greets with loose body and wagging tail, attempting to mount periodically.
Date of intake: 1-May-2018
Summary: Rocky had a loose body and was playful.
Date of initial: 2-May-2018
Summary: Rocky was aloof but allowed handling.
ENERGY LEVEL: Rocky is described as having a medium level of activity.
BEHAVIOR DETERMINATION: EXPERIENCE (suitable for an adopter with some previous dog experience, especially with the behaviors outlined below)
Potential challenges: Anxiety, Kennel presence
Potential challenges comments:
Anxiety: Rocky appears anxious at the care center, whining in his kennel and outside of it. This behavior was not reported in his previous home, so we do not know if it 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 his anxiety. Positive reinforcement, reward based training only should be used.
Kennel presence: In his kennel, Rocky whines and barks a lot. While we cannot be certain if this behavior will appear in any other contexts, in highly emotionally charged or stressful environments Rocky may show behavior similar to what he is currently demonstrating in her kennel. We recommend potential adopters be comfortable managing this behavior and keeping themselves safe in any similar future situations.
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