ROXY – 20043
Safe - 2-27-2018 Manhattan
Hello, my name is Roxy. My animal id is #20043. I am a female brown brindle dog at the Manhattan Animal Care Center. The shelter thinks I am about 2 years 2 weeks old.
I came into the shelter as a stray on 06-Feb-2018.
Roxy is at risk for medical reasons, having been diagnosed with Canine Infectious Respiratory Disease Complex, which is contagious to other dogs. Behaviorally, we suggest that Roxy would be best suited to a dog experienced home.
Let’s get to know each other a bit more…
A volunteer writes: Dear Diary, Today was the very best day. I got to go to the big grassy place, out where the sun is. It’s my favorite thing to do. Well, maybe my second favorite. One of the friendly faces will come to get me and then we walk for what feels like forever. The breeze is cold and so is the ground but I don’t mind one bit. I walk right next to my friendly face, right at their side, and look up at them as much as I can. Sometimes we stop to sit and well, that’s my real favorite thing. I’m small, and a little shy, but when they sit I climb right up into their lap and then I’m warm all over. Yes my real favorite thing is when they rub my ears and scratch my chest and hug me tight under their coats. I always remember them, my friendlies. The way they look and smell, and the way they say “Roxy” again and again, sometimes like it’s a song. I’m so lucky to see them each day. And whenever they pass by I make sure to look up and wag my tail as fast as I can even if I’m sleepy. But today, today was the best day. I got plenty of snacks and treats from my friendlies. One said, “you’re such a good girl, Roxy” when I took one gently from her hand. I’m not sure how I came to be here. I remember a different place and different friendly faces. I remember I slept at the foot of the bed with one of them while another rubbed my ears. No, I’m not sure how I came to be here exactly, but I’m thankful for all my new friendly faces. I don’t mind a bit. Yes, today was the very best day. I had snacks and walks, ear rubs, and hugs. Really it was my most favorite day. Or maybe second favorite. On my favorite day, I’ll be in a new home. I am waiting for you in adoptions at Manhattan ACC.
My medical notes are…
Weight: 48.25 lbs
Details on my behavior are…
Behavior Condition: 2. Blue
Date of intake:: 2/6/2018
Spay/Neuter status:: No
Means of surrender (length of time in previous home):: Stray
Date of assessment:: 2/7/2018
Look:: 1. Dog’s eyes are averted, ears are back, tail is down, relaxed body posture. Dog 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:: 3. Dog repeatedly turns quickly away when touched, or repeatedly spins toward the touch, and repeatedly tries to exit. Dog may be crouching, tail is tucked, mouth closed, body stiff.
Paw squeeze 1:: 3. Dog closes mouth, becomes stiff.
Paw squeeze 2:: Item not conducted
Flank squeeze 1:: 1. Dog sits, mouth open or lip long.
Flank squeeze 2:: 1. Dog sits, mouth open or lip long.
Toy:: 1. Minimal interest in toy, dog may smell or lick, then turns away.
Summary:: Roxy approached the assessor in the assessment room with a soft body. During tag, she appeared very fearful, tensing and spinning quickly towards the touch. She remained fearful for the rest of the assessment.
Summary:: Roxy has displayed some interest in engaging with select dogs. She has displayed a low tolerance for select play styles and has been observed to offer strong correction when uncomfortable. Any introductions should be conducted to respectful, highly tolerant dogs and under close supervision.
Summary (1):: 2/6: When introduced off leash to the male greeter dog, Roxy avoids approach by moving away.
Summary (2):: 2/8: Roxy begins to engage in brief play with a select male dog. She begins to vocalize when introduced to a playful dog, and begins to vocalize and air snap.
Summary (3):: 2/9: Roxy engages in bouncy play with select male dogs. She becomes aroused by a fearful male dog, attempting to corner him with hackles raised.
Date of intake:: 2/6/2018
Summary:: Roxy was friendly.
Date of initial:: 2/6/2018
Summary:: Roxy was tense but allowed handling.
ENERGY LEVEL:: We have no history on Roxy so we cannot be certain of her behavior in a home environment. However, she is a young, enthusiastic, social dog who will need daily mental and physical activity to keep her engaged and exercised. We recommend long-lasting chews, food puzzles, and hide-and-seek games, in additional to physical exercise, to positively direct her energy and enthusiasm.
IN SHELTER OBSERVATIONS:: Roxy remains calm when in her kennel in the shelter environment and social with handlers outside of her kennel. She may display some anxious behavior, but will engage with her care takers, taking treats and soliciting attention.
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),Recommend no dog parks
Recommendations comments:: No young children: Due to the behavior seen in the care center, we feel that Roxy may be intimidated by young children. She needs a slow approach and time to warm up. She should never be forced to interact with new people, and should be allowed to greet and initiate an interaction at her own pace. Older, gentle children should have an in-depth interaction prior to adoption. No dog parks: At this time, it is recommended Roxy meet other dogs at a slow, controlled pace.
Potential challenges: : Fearful
Potential challenges comments:: Fearful: Roxy is a bit fearful at the care center, especially of fast movements. It is important to always go slow and give Roxy the option to walk away from any social interaction. Roxy should never be forced to approach anything that she is uncomfortable with or to submit to petting or handling. It should always be Roxy’s choice to approach a new person or thing. Roxy would do best in an initially calm and quiet home environment and should be given time to acclimate to her new surroundings.
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