INTAKE DATE – 4/12/2019
9-Month Old Puppy! Nothing but blue skies in store for you when you bring home this little beauty!
Kids don’t belong in cages. We all know that. And yet, still we put them there. SKY is just a baby, barely 9 months old (if that!), and she doesn’t know what to make of the big, scary shelter, or people with cameras, or medical teams poking and prodding her while she trembles, then pees and poops on herself in fright. She thinks she likes the people with cameras – there are smiles and treats that come with them and they are kind to her. And she thinks she likes the volunteers, who let her cuddle up next to them for comfort. But what SKY really craves is the comfortable routine of family life, something she once knew -- was ALL she knew -- and where she felt safe. A gentle, shy, sweet spirit, she longs for a quiet, calm, structured home with an experienced foster or adopter who comes equipped with kind words, a soft touch, and understanding that when you are just a tiny baby in a cage, the world is a big and scary place. If you can provide her a soft place to land, hurry and Message our page or email us at MustLoveDogsNYC@gmail.com for assistance fostering or adopting Sky.
SKY, ID# 59696, 9 Mos old, 37 lbs, Unaltered Female
Brooklyn ACC, Medium Mixed Breed Cross, Brown Brindle / White
Owner Surrender Reason: Owner is moving and can no longer have pets.
Shelter Assessment Rating: LEVEL 3
No children (under 13)
Medical Behavior Rating: 3. Yellow
OWNER SURRENDER NOTES - BASIC INFORMATION: Sky is a brown brindle and white female dog that was surrendered by her owner due to the fact she is moving and can no longer have pets. The owner stated that she got Sky from a friend when she was 2 months old. Sky previously lived with 1 adult and 1 child. When around strangers Sky is shy for a few minutes then she will warm up. When playing with adults she is gentle. Sky has spent time in the home with a 2 year old child and she was relaxed and affectionate. When playing with children Sky is gentle. Sky has not spent time in the home with other dogs or with cats, so it is unknown how she will react. Sky isn't bothered if someone was to touch her food treats or toys. Sky will back if someone unfamiliar approaches her home. She isn't bothered if someone unfamiliar approaches her family member. Sky doesn´t have a bite history, she is housetrained and her owner describes her energy level as high.
Owner stated that during loud noises and fireworks she isn't bothered. Sky isn't bothered if she is pushed off the furniture restrained or disturbed while she sleeps. Sky will tolerate being bathed brushed and having her nails trimmed.
Has this dog ever had any medical issues?
No reported medical concerns.
For a New Family to Know
Owner described Sky as friendly, affectionate, playful and shy. When at home she likes to follow her owner around. She like to play will stuffed toys, balls and chew bones. She has been kept mostly indoors and eats dry dog food. When using the bathroom she will go outside on the grass or cement. When left alone in the home she is crated andd she does well. She has never been left in the yard so it is unknown how she will react. She is used to brisk walks on the leash. When on the leash she pulls lightly. When off the leash she will wander but comes back when called.
INTAKE NOTES – DATE OF INTAKE, 10-Apr-2019: During intake Sky was fearful, hiding under the chair and side eyeing the counselor. No handling was done.
Means of surrender (length of time in previous home): Owner surrender
Previously lived with: 1 Adult, 1 Child (2)
Behavior toward strangers: Initially timid, but warms up and plays gently
Behavior toward children: Relaxed, affectionate and plays gently (w/resident child)
Behavior toward dogs: Unknown
Behavior toward cats: Unknown
Resource guarding: None reported
Bite history: None reported
Energy level/descriptors: Sky is described as friendly, affectionate, playful and shy with a high level of energy.
SHELTER ASSESSMENT SUMMARIES:
Strength and pulling: Mild pulling
Reactivity to humans: None
Reactivity to dogs: None
Leash walking comments: Somewhat fearful during the walk
Loose in room (15-20 seconds): Hiding, stays near handlers, fearful body, cowering, tucked tail, easily startled by loud noises, accepts contact, follows handlers
Call over: Approaches readily, fearful
Soft handling: Tense, fearful, ears back, tail tucked, jumps up onto handler, distracted by outside noises, leans in and accepts all contact, lip licking
Exuberant handling: Tense, fearful, ears neutral, tail tucked, jumps up onto handler, distracted by outside noises, leans in and accepts all contact, lip licking
Jog: Follows handler, low and fearful, tail low
Arousal comments: Shakes off after third pass
Knock Comments: No response to knock; Moves away and hides when assistant enters
Toy comments: No interest
PLAYGROUP NOTES - DOG TO DOG SUMMARIES:
According to Sky's previous owner, she was not socialized with dogs while in their care. Her past behavior around other dogs is unknown.
4/11: Sky was uncomfortable with handling, giving the handler a clear warning by low growling and evading them when an attempt was made to place a collar on her. Her warning was respected and attempts to place a collar on her were suspended. She greeted a novel male dog through the gate and displayed fearful body language- her body and tail were tucked, whale eyes, hackles raised, and flinching at sudden movements and sounds.
4/13-4/14: After successfully collaring Sky, Sky was introduced to a novel a male dog. She tucks her tail when he sniffs her, then moves away. Sky spends the remainder of her session exploring the yard. She briefly checks in with the greeter.
INTAKE BEHAVIOR - Date of intake: 10-Apr-2019
Summary: Fearful, hiding and avoiding staff, whale eye, no handling performed
MEDICAL BEHAVIOR - Date of initial: 11-Apr-2019
Summary: Tense body, whale eye, ears back, trembling, muzzled, did not warm up
Sky has been observed to exhibit a low-medium level of energy during her interactions in the care center.
BEHAVIOR DETERMINATION: Level 3
Behavior Asilomar TM - Treatable-Manageable
No children (under 13)
No children (under 13): Although Sky displays some social behavior and accepts contact during her interactions, she remains initially fearful and it takes some time for her to warm up during her interactions in the care center. As a result, it is recommended that Sky be placed in an adult only home to ensure her success. We advise safe and appropriate management when handling Sky as well as utilizing guidance from a qualified, professional trainer/behaviorist.
Potential challenges comments:
Handling/touch sensitivity: Sky has exhibited some handling sensitivity during her interactions in the care center. Although she somewhat displays social behavior and accepts all contact, she takes some time to settle and was observed to initially flinch with contact. Please refer to the handout on Handling/touch sensitivity.
Fearful: Sky has exhibited some fearfulness and timidity during her initial interactions in the care center. Although she somewhat displays social behavior and accepts all contact, she takes some time to settle. She has been observed to display wariness and is easily startled by loud noises or sudden movements. Please refer to the handout on Fearful behavior.
Kennel presence: Sky was observed to display some mild kennel presence upon her admission to the care center. When approaching her kennel, Sky would low growl and flee to the back, avoiding handling. This behavior has not been observed since her first day. Should this behavior arise in a home environment, please refer to the handout on Kennel presence.
MEDICAL EXAM NOTES
DVM Intake Exam. Estimated age: 9 months. Microchip noted on Intake? Negative. History : owner surrender. Subjective: BARH. Observed Behavior - tense, whale eyes, ears back, soft muzzled for exam. Urinated and defecated. Shaking, did not warm up. Evidence of Cruelty seen – no. Evidence of Trauma seen – no. Objective: P = wnl, R = eupneic, BCS 4/9. EENT: Eyes clear, ears clean, no nasal discharge noted. Oral Exam: muzzled. PLN: No enlargements noted. H/L: NSR, NMA, CRT < 2, Lungs clear, eupneic. ABD: Non painful, no masses palpated. U/G: FI, no MGTs, no vulvar d/c. MSI: Ambulatory x 4, skin free of parasites, no masses noted, healthy hair coat. CNS: mentation appropriate - no signs of neurologic abnormalities. Assessment: Apparently healthy. Plan: Continue to monitor while at BACC. Start trazodone 100mg PO BID for shelter anxiety. Prognosis: Excellent. SURGERY: ok to schedule for surgery.
*** TO FOSTER OR ADOPT ***
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Shelter contact information:
Phone number (212) 788-4000
Brooklyn Shelter: 2336 Linden Boulevard Brooklyn, NY 11208
Manhattan Shelter: 326 East 110 St. New York, NY 10029
Staten Island Shelter: 3139 Veterans Road West Staten Island, NY 10309
*** NEW NYC ACC RATING SYSTEM ***
Dogs with Level 1 determinations are suitable for the majority of homes. These dogs are not displaying concerning behaviors in shelter, and the owner surrender profile (where available) is positive. Some dogs with Level 1 determinations may still have potential challenges, but these are challenges that the behavior team believe can be handled by the majority of adopters. The potential challenges could include no young children, prefers to be the only dog, no dog parks, no cats, kennel presence, basic manners, low level fear and mild anxiety.
Dogs with Level 2 determinations will be suitable for adopters with some previous dog experience. They will have displayed behavior in the shelter (or have owner reported behavior) that requires some training, or is simply not suitable for an adopter with minimal experience. Dogs with a Level 2 determination may have multiple potential challenges and these may be presenting at differing levels of intensity, so careful consideration of the behavior notes will be required for counselling. Potential challenges at Level 2 include no young children, single pet home, resource guarding, on-leash reactivity, mouthiness, fear with potential for escalation, impulse control/arousal, anxiety and separation anxiety.
Dogs with Level 3 determinations will need to go to homes with experienced adopters, and the ACC strongly suggest that the adopter have prior experience with the challenges described and/or an understanding of the challenge and how to manage it safely in a home environment. In many cases, a trainer will be needed to manage and work on the behaviors safely in a home environment. It is likely that every dog with a Level 3 determination will have a behavior modification or training plan available to them from the behavior department that will go home with the adopters and be made available to the New Hope Partners for their fosters and adopters. Some of the challenges seen at Level 3 are also seen at Level 1 and Level 2, but when seen alongside a Level 3 determination can be assumed to be more severe. The potential challenges for Level 3 determinations include adult only home (no children under the age of 13), single pet home, resource guarding, on-leash reactivity with potential for redirection, mouthiness with pressure, potential escalation to threatening behavior, impulse control, arousal, anxiety, separation anxiety, bite history (human), bite history (dog) and bite history (other).