NOLFIE – A1038855
Safe 6-12-2015 Brooklyn
NOLFIE – A1038855
**SAFER: EXPERIENCED HOME**
MALE, SILVER, MALTESE / BORDER TERRIER, 9 yrs
OWNER SUR – EVALUATE, NO HOLD Reason NO TIME
Intake condition EXAM REQ Intake Date 06/05/2015, From NY 11373, DueOut Date 06/05/2015,
MEDICAL: Male, ~ 9yrs, Sociable, tolerates handling, no sign of aggression
Mild tartar, gingivitis, mild nuclearsclerosis,BARH
BASIC INFORMATION: Nolfie is a male, 9yr old Maltese/Boarder terrier mix. Nolfie was given to owner as a gift & has no known health issues. Nolfie has been surrendered to ACC due to client no longer having enough time to care for Nolfie for job related reasons.
SOCIALIZATION: Nolfie is very friendly around strangers, he allows strangers to come up to him and pet him. Nolfie will also often come up to strangers and seek affection. Nolfie has lived with children between ages 1-8. Nolfie loves children and is very tolerant of child play. Nolfie displays a relaxed & playful behavior around children he is not familiar with. Nolfie has not lived with another dog, cats or small animals but has been exposed to dogs in the park & will sniff them. Nolfie does not play with other dogs but respects their presence. Nolfie has not bitten or scratched anyone or animal in the last 10 days.
BEHAVIOR: Nolfie is very tolerant of grooming. Nolfie allows owner to bath & brush his coat. When Nolfie is eating, humans may approach him & touch his food or bowl without Nolfie showing any signs of aggression. Nolfie is also tolerant when humans take away his toys. When someone unfamiliar approaches the home, Nolfie may bark in order to alert the owner, but will not become aggressive.
FOR A NEW FAMILY TO KNOW: Nolfie is best described as a playful, affectionate & friendly dog. His activity level is high & loves to go to the park for runs & brisk walks on the leash. When owner is home Nolfie often follows owner around & enjoys being in the same room as the owner. Nolfie loves to play with balls. Nolfie would do best in a family home. He enjoys eating dry food from any brand. Nolfie is house trained & goes out 2X per day. When Nolfie is left alone he is well behaved. He has never been crate trained & is used to roaming freely in the home. Nolfie prefers to go potty on grass areas & will not pull while owner walks him.
BEHAVIOR DURING INTAKEL: Upon intake Nolfie displayed a loose, relaxed body. Nolfie allowed counselor to crouch down and gently pet him. Nolfie at one point came up to counselor and sniffed while wagging his tail. Nolfie allowed all handling & scanned negative.
SAFER: EXPERIENCED HOME
Nolfie was a bit fearful but would approach the assessor when coaxed. He allowed for all handling to be completed without any aggression. He was calm and relaxed when playing tag with assessor. Nolfie was a bit difficult to push out of the food bowl and had stiff body language. He had minimal interest in toys and rawhide.
Nolfie was surrendered to the care center due to lack of time. His previous owners described as a playful, affectionate & friendly dog. It was also reported very friendly around strangers and has lived with children between ages 1-8 and was very tolerant of child play. During the assessment, Nolfie was a bit fearful but began to warm up to the assessor throughout the assessment and allowed all handling without aggression. It was reported that Nolfie is not bothered when is food or toys, however, during the assessment he showed some potential to guard food, getting stiff and a bit difficult to push out of the food bowl. The Behavior Department believes Nolfie would do best in an experienced home that can monitor and positively modify any guarding behavior that may manifest in the home. The adopter should also understand Nolfie has exhibited some fearful behaviors and should be allowed the time to acclimate to new people and a new environment at his own pace. If children are in the home, an in-depth interaction is recommended.
Look: 2. Dog holds gaze with soft eyes. His body posture is stiff and fearful; his tail is low and not moving. He allows head to be held loosely in Assessor’s cupped hands.
Sensitivity: 2. Dog stands still and accepts the touch, his eyes are averted, his tail is between his legs, body stiff, mouth closed, lip long, ears likely back, may lip lick.
Tag: 1. Follows at end of leash, body soft.
Squeeze 1&2: 1. Dog gently pulls back his paw.
Food: 3. Dog follows the dish with his tail down, body stiff. Dog lifts head after a bit of moderate pressure from hand to cheek.
Toy 1: Minimal interest. Dog smells, licks, and then turns away.
Rawhide1: Minimal interest. Dog smells, licks, and then turns away.
When off leash with other dogs, Nolfie is tolerant when interacting and explores the yard
Nolfie shows some sexual motivation
6/9 , 6/10 Update
Nolfie is tolerant and explores the yard. He will occassionally whine while in the yard
Nolfie continues to be tolerant and explores the yard.
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