APRIL – A1036548
Safe 6-1-2015 Manhattan
APRIL – A1036548
***SAFER : EXPERIENCED HOME***
FEMALE, TAN, AMERICAN STAFF MIX, 1 yr, 3 mos
STRAY – STRAY WAIT, NO HOLD Reason STRAY
Intake condition EXAM REQ Intake Date 05/16/2015, From NY 10039, DueOut Date05/19/2015,
Medical Behavior Evaluation GREEN
Medical Summary scanned negative intact female, in heat s/o: young female approx 1 year clean teeth no parasites seen heart and lungs wnl a: healthy p: pyrantel, activyl
A volunteer writes:
April is that shy girl in school who was so beautiful that everyone wondered why she was shy. And when you reached out your hand in friendship she responded quietly and with grace, and you realized that not only was she beautiful outside, but inside as well. April is a petite little girl in a gorgeously groomed amber coat, her soft hazel eyes complementing her color perfectly. Shy in her kennel she’s not sure at first she wants to come out, but a little persuasion convinced her an outing was a good thing. A walk to the park did wonders as her tail untucked and even wagged at people and other dogs we passed. Low key and calm, she’s finding her way and I’m impressed at her courage in this strange new place, her soft and sweet demeanor, and of course, her delicious kisses! We walked to the park with another volunteer and her dog and April was well behaved with good leash manners. I love love love her gentle personality…..she needs a friend to reach out and offer a safe and loving home. Small enough to fit in anywhere size wise, her heart is big and ready to beat with love for her new person. Are you ready to make her yours?
Another volunteer writes:
April Fool Day…is everyday when it comes to our beautiful April, a pretty carrot orange young girl we house at the Manhattan Care Center. She has remained quite shy in her kennel, dancing back and forth when it comes to leash her. Put her with a bunch of other pooches, boys and girls, and her true jovial, playful and gregarious personality will really come out and shine. She is one great playmate ! One to one with a caretaker, timid at first, give her few minutes and she will be an outstanding ball player and retriever. No guarding here. April is smart. She knows it takes two to have fun.I love to spend time with April..She is pretty, friendly, sociable and quite an affectionate youngster who will brighten her new owner’s life. She is a must to meet and to have by your side…for ever.
April’s SAFER scores indicate minimal concern, but she was quite timid when she first arrived and needed coaxing to interact. She appears to be acclimating well to the shelter and to her caretakers, as and she has shown herself to be considerably more social and outgoing. We feel she is appropriate for an adopter with an average amount of dog experience.
Resource re-test (due to no interest on all items during first SAFER):
Food 1. Dog calmly allows the food to be moved, follows the dish, but does not interfere with the dish’s movement. Dog’s body is soft and loose, eyes soft, tail neutral. She lifts her head when hand is pushed against her cheek.
Toy 1. No interest.
Rawhide 1. Minimal interest. Dog smells and licks, then walks away.
April walks with a low fearful body language on leash. She was fearful and repeatedly attempted to get away from the handler during the assessment. April was shy during handling with a fearful body language. She became fearful while playing tag. April was not interested in food, toys or rawhide. She was relaxed when approaching a friendly dog, but was not playful.
April is somewhat fearful and needs time to warm up to the handler. The behavior department feels that she may do best with an experienced adopter who can follow up on this behavior in a more stable environment and can provide any necessary behavior modification. We also recommend a home without young children; older children can be considered pending interaction.
Look: 2. Dog pulls out of Assessor’s hands each time without settling during three repetitions.
Sensitivity: 2. Dog stands still and accepts the touch, her eyes are averted, shy body language , mouth closed, lip long, ears likely back, may lip lick.
Tag: 2. Dog is fearful but unresponsive when touched. Approaches the Assessor when the game ends. Dog is likely crouching, may have long lip or lip lick.
Squeeze 1: 1. Dog does not respond at all for three seconds.
Squeeze 2: 1. Dog does not respond at all for three seconds.
Food. No interest.
Toy 1. No interest.
Rawhide 1. No interest.
Dog – dog 1. Dog approaches the helper, soft body, tail neutral, but not playful.
***April is a social group helper dog***
When off leash with other dogs April is bouncy and playful with both males and females. She offers appropriate correction when the helper dog is being too pushy in her solicitations.
5/21 update: April engages in rough, mouthy play. She will correct inappropriate behavior.
5/24 update: April continues to be social, polite, playful and tolerant. She is a social group helper dog.
5/27 update: April is social, polite and playful. She will engage in running play with both males and females.
5/28 update: April continues to exhibit these behaivors while socializing with dogs off leash.
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