TO BE KILLED 4/16/2019
Brooklyn ACC’s Titan is certainly GOD-LIKE when it comes to his good looks! This boy is a STUNNER! And that is not all he has going for him! JUST READ HIS NOTES! He plays gently with children! He is well behaved when left alone! He is housetrained! Titan knows how to sit and come when called! He love to jog or go on brisk walks on the leash! Unfortunately Titan has been bounced around a bit lately. Prior to that he was leary of new people, so just imagine how he must feel now!! So it should come as no surprise that he is SIMPLY TERRIFIED at the shelter! He has started to show some social behavior, he just needs time, patience and some TLC! So please help make that happen! Please SHARE, pledge, FOSTER, adopt and #SAVETITAN now!
Male gray dog
@ Brooklyn Animal Care Center
About 3 years old
Weight 53.4 lbs
Owner surrender on 09-Apr-2019, with the surrender reason stated as person circumstance- no time for animal.
Sorry, this pet is for new hope partners only.
Titan was placed at risk due to behavioral concerns; Although he has shown some improvement, Titan remains highly fearful in the care center and is hesitant to interact at times. We feel he would be best set up to succeed if placed with an experienced rescue partner who can allow him to acclimate and decompress at his own pace. Force-free, reward-based training only is advised when introducing or exposing Titan to new and unfamiliar situations. Titan is otherwise healthy.
My medical notes are...
Weight: 53.4 lbs
DVM Intake Exam
Estimated age: 3y
Microchip noted on Intake? no
Microchip Number (If Applicable):
History : owner surrender
Subjective: BARH, no appetite, no elimination concerns noted. Had to be sedated 0.7ml dex and 0.7ml torb with full reversal. Not fully sedated
Observed Behavior - cried, gator rolled and thrashed while on leash. Was muzzled after sedation
Evidence of Cruelty seen - no
Evidence of Trauma seen - no
P = wnl
R = wnl
EENT: Eyes clear, ears clean, no nasal or ocular discharge noted
Oral Exam: muzzled, incisors unremarkable
PLN: No enlargements noted
H/L: NSR, NMA, CRT < 2, Lungs clear, eupnic
ABD: no masses palpated
U/G: male intact 2 testicles soft symmetric, no leakage or discharge
MSI: Ambulatory x 4, skin free of parasites, no masses noted, healthy hair coat
CNS: Mentation appropriate - no signs of neurologic abnormalities
Rectal: visually normal
Plan: behavior consult
5 mg/kg trazadone PO BID
Okay for surgery
Details on my behavior are...
Behavior Condition: 5. Red
During intake Titan had his tail tucked, side eying and shying away from the counselor. No handling was done during intake.
Basic Information:: Titan is a gray ale dog that was surrendered by his owner due to the fact e no longer has time to care for him. The owner stated that his brother gave Titan to him 2 months ago.
Previously lived with:: Owner 2 adults 2 children
How is this dog around strangers?: When around strangers Titan is fearful. He will hide and side eye the stranger.
How is this dog around children?: Titan has spent time in the home around a 6 year old and 3 month old child and he was relaxed and playful. When playing with the children he is gentle.
How is this dog around other dogs?: Titan has not spent time in the home with other dogs so it is unknown how he will react.
How is this dog around cats?: Titan has not spent time in the home with cats so it is unknown how he will react.
Resource guarding:: Titan will growl when someone touches his food or bowl Titan will growl. He is not bothered if someone was to touch his treats or toys. If someone unfamiliar approaches his house he will bark. If someone unfamiliar approaches his family member he is not bothered.
Bite history:: Titan does not ave a bite history.
Energy level/descriptors:: medium
Other Notes:: Titan isn't bothered if he is restrained pushed off the furniture or disturbed while he sleeps. Titan is afraid of being bathed and he will growl if his owner tied to cut his nails.
Has this dog ever had any medical issues?: No
Medical Notes: No reported medical concerns.
For a New Family to Know: Owner described Titan as friendly affectionate and excitable. When at home he will follow his owner around. e likes to play with balls and stuffed toys. He has been kept mostly indoors only and he eats both wet and dry dog food. When using the bathroom he will go outside on the grass or cement. When left alone in the home he is well behaved. titan has never been crated nor left in the yard so it is unknown how he will react. Titan knows how to sit and come when called He is used to jogging and brisk walks on the leash. When on the leash he pulls lightly. When off the leash he will run away.
Date of intake:: 4/9/2019
Spay/Neuter status:: No
Means of surrender (length of time in previous home):: Owner surredner
Previously lived with:: 2 Adults, 2 Children (3m/o, 6)
Behavior toward strangers:: Fearful, avoids and whale eyes
Behavior toward children:: Relaxed and plays gently (w/resident children)
Behavior toward dogs:: Unknown
Behavior toward cats:: Unknown
Resource guarding:: Titan is reported by his previous owner to exhibit resource guarding behavior over his food. Titan is reported to growl if his food is touched. No resource guarding behavior toward treats or toys is reported.
Bite history:: None reported.
Energy level/descriptors:: Titan is described as friendly, affectionate and excitable with a medium level of energy.
Summary:: Leash Walking
Strength and pulling: No pulling
Reactivity to humans: None
Reactivity to dogs: None
Leash walking comments: Fearful on walk, slow, but neutral body language
Loose in room (15-20 seconds): Neutral-tense body, tail low, ears back, somewhat explores, initially flinches with contact, but accepts it
Call over: Does not approach
Handling comments: Due to Titan's overall level of timidity and fear, we chose not to conduct a handling assessment at this time so that Titan is not pushed over his threshold.
Since Titan's admission to the care center on 4/9/19, his behavior has remained highly fearful and he is wary of all handling. Although he has shown some social behavior with certain staff members, he has also been observed to run to the back of his kennel when approached and yelps when a rope is placed around his neck. During his walks, he is fearful with a neutral-tense body. Collaring Titan took several attempts, as his body and head remained very tense. During an interaction with caretakers, handlers and staff, Titan was brought into the assessment room and was unable to settle or relax, flinched with initial contact and remained tense throughout his interaction. These observations are indicative of a very high level of fearfulness and stress. To eliminate the risk of increasing Titan's stress level any further, along with the risk of redirecting the stress onto a handler or another animal in our care, we will not be conducting a handling assessment for Titan at this time.
Summary:: According to Titan's previous owner, he did not interact with other dogs while in their care. His past behavior with other dogs is unknown.
4/10: When off leash at the Care Center, Titan is introduced to a novel female dog. He is fearful with whale eyes, pinned ears, and a tucked body and tail. He ignores the female as he explores the yard, keeping to himself. At the end of the session, he quickly sniffs the female's rear as she passes him.
4/11: Titan was a bit more social today when introduced to a novel female. He initially greeted the female today with his eyes wide, hackles raised, and a stiff tail. Titan is still nervous around the handlers, keeping his eyes on them and maintaining a lowered head and distance when passing them. The female solicits play with play bows and paw slaps, which startles Titan at first. But he then spins and bounces briefly in reciprocation, but becomes slightly sexually motivated. He does not attempt to mount her but he briefly flirts with the female before wandering away.
4/14: Titan was introduced to a novel female today. He greets her with a neutral body posture then wanders the pens. He would sniff the female's rear when she was distracted the walk away. As the session continues, Titan begins to display slightly anxious behaviors- pacing the pens, looking for an exit.
Date of intake:: 4/9/2019
Summary:: Tucked tail, whale eye, avoided staff, no handling performed
Date of initial:: 4/9/2019
Summary:: Whines, alligator rolled and thrashed on leash, muzzled
ENERGY LEVEL:: We are unable to accurately determine Titan's energy level due to his high level of fearfulness observed in the care center.
BEHAVIOR DETERMINATION:: New Hope Only
Behavior Asilomar: TM - Treatable-Manageable
Recommendations:: No children (under 13),Place with a New Hope partner
Recommendations comments:: No children (under 13): Due to Titan's overall level fear, we feel he would be best set up to succeed in an adult only home at this time.
Place with a New Hope partner: Although he has shown some improvement, Titan remains highly fearful in the care center and is hesitant to interact at times. We feel he would be best set up to succeed if placed with an experienced rescue partner who can allow him time to acclimate and decompress at his own pace. Force-free, reward based training only is advised when introducing or exposing Titan to new and unfamiliar situations.
Potential challenges: : Resource guarding,Handling/touch sensitivity,Fearful
Potential challenges comments:: Resource guarding: Previous owner reported Titan to exhibit resource guarding behavior over his food. Titan is reported to growl if his food is touched. Please refer to the handout on Resource guarding behavior.
Handling/touch sensitivity: Titan has exhibited some handling sensitivity during his interactions in the care center. Although he displays some social behavior at times, he did not allow the staff member to handle him during an interaction. He was also observed to alligator roll when being handled during his medical exam. Please refer to the handout on Handling/touch sensitivity.
Fearful: Titan has exhibited fearfulness and timidity during her interactions in the care center. Although he displays some social behavior at times, he remains tense throughout his interactions and flinches with initial contact. He has been observed to display wariness and is easily startled by loud noises or sudden movements. Please refer to the handout on Fearful behavior.
*** 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).
New Hope Rescue Only
Dog is not publicly adoptable. Prospective fosters or adopters need to fill out applications with New Hope Partner Rescues to save this dog.