SHADOW – A1058028
Safe 12-12-2015 Brooklyn
SHADOW – A1058028
***SAFER : EXPERIENCED HOME / NO CHILDREN***
SPAYED FEMALE, BLACK / WHITE, PIT BULL MIX, 2 yrs
OWNER SUR – EVALUATE, NO HOLD Reason PERS PROB
Intake condition EXAM REQ Intake Date 11/15/2015, From NY 11236, DueOut Date
Medical Behavior Evaluation YELLOW
Medical Summary Microchip: 985112003606554; Sex: Spayed; Age: 2 years; Mentation: BARH; Eyes: WNL; Ears: WNL; Nose: WNL; Teeth: WNL; Skin: WNL; Hair Coat: WNL; Declawed: No; Behavior: Extremely tense and trying to flee, will bite; AMBx4; NOSF
Shadow is a black and white 2 year old female spayed pit-bull that came in as an owner surrender. Owner stated that he received as a gift when she was puppy and has had her since. Now he has moved in NYCHA housing and is unable to keep the dog. He also stated that he is financially unstable and no one else in the house wants to help take care of her.
Social Life & Personality
Shadow is relaxed, playful and respectful with children. Owner has an 18 month old daughter that Shadow grew up with and is very close with. Owner also stated that during his wife’s pregnancy, she would often lay underneath her belly. Shadows has never interacted closely with dogs, however, owner stated that during walks if she sees a dog she becomes a fearful and her tail is tucked. Owner also had a cat in the home that Shadow was relaxed and respectful with. She is house trained but will urinate and defecate in the house if she is not walked. She is kept indoor only, has a very high activity level, and owner described her as playful, excitable, affectionate, fearful and friendly.
Shadow enjoys chewing on slippers and shoes. She displays no other signs of behavior issues. She barks and growls when owner touches her food bowl while eating and when objects or treats are taken away. She is afraid of baths and is friendly with unfamiliar people. She also afraid of having her nails trimmed, however, owner stated that she’s done fine at the groomers. Upon intake, Shadow displayed signs of nervousness; she hid in-between my legs and barked and backed away when i attempted to san her. However, she allowed herself to be handled and collard.
For a New Family to Know
Shadow knows the command sit. For exercise, she receives slow leash walks however she wasn’t being walked on a regular basis. She enjoys playing with socks and chewing on rubber chew bones. When owner is home, she tends to follow him around the house and be in the same room as him. When left home alone she often barks and whines. She eats both wet and dry food and she sleeps in the owner’s bed. He stated that he purchased multiple beds for her but she wasn’t interested.
Shadow previously lived with 2 adults, a cat and an 18 month old child. The owner stated Shadow and the 18 month old child grew up together and is very close, and the cat in the home Shadow is relaxed and respectful with. The owner mentioned Shadow is house broken, has a high activity level and when home alone she would often bark and whine. It was reported by the owner Shadow barks and growls when owner touches her food bowl, treats or other objects. The owner describes Shadow as playful, excitable, affectionate, fearful and friendly.
At intake it was reported Shadow was nervous and hid between the owner legs, she did allow all handling. During SAFER Shadow came into the assessment room quiet and fearful, she was friendly and social towards the assessor with a slow approach, allowed all handling items to be conducted without issue. Shadow joins the game during the tag interaction, and during the resources portion of the assessment Shadow was easy to handle when engaged with the items. Shadow has been showing fearful behavior and avoids interaction in the care center. We cannot be certain if behavior may be suppressed as a result of the shelter environment. Please note that behavior may change when Shadow is more comfortable and settled in a home environment. In addition, we recommend that introductions are done slowly, and Shadow be given the opportunity to interact at her own pace, so the behavior department feels she can be suitable for an experience adopter with no children.
Look: 2. Dog’s eyes are averted. Her body posture is tense and fearful, her tail is low and not moving. She allows head to be held loosely in Assessor’s cupped hands.
Sensitivity: 2. Dog stands still and accepts the touch, her eyes are averted, her tail is between her legs, body a bit tense, mouth closed, and trembles.
Tag: 1. Dog assumes play position and joins the game. Or dog indicates play with huffing, soft ‘popping’ of the body, etc. Dog jumps on Assessor once play begins.
Squeeze 1 & 2: 1. Dog does not respond at all for three seconds. Her eyes are averted and her ears are back.
Toy: 1. No interest.
When off leash with other dogs, Shadow is nervous, her tail remains tucked throughout her time outside and she avoids interaction with the helper dog.
11/19 update: Shadow continues to be nervous but attempted to sniff the other dog briefly before moving away and avoiding interaction.
11/18-Shadow was easy to leash and came outside, had a low body and tail. She kept her tail tucked but wagged at me. She solicited attention putting her face in my lap and looked at me with soft eyes. Shadow remained nervous with pulled back ears and ran if any sudden noises happened. She even leapt into my lap at one point and pressed herself into me, licking my face. She repeatedly tried to put paws up on my lap and get as close as possible. She didn’t want to go back in the kennel and whined when I put her back in so I knelt by her for a bit and spoke to her.
11/19-Shadow was easy to leash. Coming out of her cage and the kennel she was very fearful with a low body, tucked tail, pulled back ears and was trying to run out. She got more fearful when the other dogs barked. I took her in the behavior room she almost immediately calmed down. She explored and her posture and tail were still low. But she ran over to me, pushed her body against me and wagged her low tail very hard. Shadow quickly got comfortable and was prancing around the room with a more confident posture and an open mouthed smile. She went back and forth between snuggling and pushing against me affectionately, putting paws up, licking my face and walking around. She not only took treats, but took them eagerly, looking at me expectantly and gobbling them up. Shadow sat on a verbal “sit” command. She ran around the room sniffing and wagging at the two behavior assessors on the computer and even put her paws up on one’s lap and tried to lick her face. Shadow got more aroused and started jumping at me but didn’t do it continuously. Except for some initial shyness (ambivalent forward and backward movement) Shadow seemed excited when two other members of the behavior team came in, walking up to them with a wagging tail and soliciting attention. She was curious, looking at the box and things they were going through and then sniffing the mop and bucket when I cleaned up her accident. If anything Shadow’s behavior quickly changed from fearful and uncomfortable to almost outgoing and a little obnoxious. She was still a bit hand shy with sudden movements, but for the most part she was confident and happy being around people. When I took her back to the kennel she regressed back to her fearful posture and was trying to escape again, and whined when I was able to coax her back in with treats.
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