TO BE KILLED 2/9/2019
Sweet, wiggly and wonderful, BUSTER is a true “Social Butterfly.” His finder had nothing but glowing things to say about this wonderful boy with his big happy smile and big happy heart. A friend to everyone he meets, he loves to give jump up hugs and kisses. And why not? This boy was wandering the streets, who knows why or for how long, hoping with all his heart for a friend, when his “good samaritan” found him. He had a lovely stay at their home and for reasons unknown, they brought him to the shelter. Buster could be confused and sad, but because he possesses such a happy countenance, he tries to welcome each day with hope and joie de vivre. Buster has made a few female friends in doggy playgroup, and may do well with a female dog with slow intros (always recommended)! Wiggly, silly, loving, affectionate and super sweet, you will never find a more congenial companion. Don’t let this good boy die. Hurry and MESSAGE our page or email us at MustLoveDogsNYC@gmail.com right now for assistance fostering or adopting Buster. He’ll steal your heart, he stole ours!
BUSTER, ID # 54125, @ 3 Yrs. Old, 62.6 lbs.
Manhattan ACC, Large Mixed Breed, Brown / White, Unaltered Male
I came to the shelter as a Stray, 2/4/2019
Shelter Assessment Rating: LEVEL 2 (reference chart at bottom of post)
Medical Behavior Rating: 2. Blue
AT RISK MEMO: Buster has shown concerning levels of dog reactivity in the care center on leash and would be best suited for an adopter who understands and can manage this behavior by providing force free, reward based training and behavior modification. Medically, Buster appears healthy.
INTAKE BEHAVIOR – DATE OF INTAKE, 2/4/2019: Buster allowed for all handling upon intake. He allowed for the counselor to give him pets as well as give him treats. He took the treats gently.
OWNER SURRENDER NOTES – BASIC INFORMATION: Buster is an unaltered male large mixed breed dog. He came in as a stray. Buster seems very friendly around strangers, often jumping on people for affection. The finder kept Buster in the home for about two weeks and he was introduced to the family. The finder mentioned that he seems very excitable and often has wiggly body and wagging tail with strangers. The finder mentioned that Buster was introduced to children in the home and commented that Buster is very playful but can get a little rough. The finder mentioned that with the children he is sweet but also very aloof. When playing with the children, he would often knock them over. The finder did not observe Buster’s behavior around other dogs. The finder mentioned that there is a resident cat in the home that Buster was introduced to. Finder mentioned that Buster is very excitable around the cat and seems like he wants to play; however, the resident cat was afraid of Buster and kept its distance. The finder did not observe any resource guarding with Buster. He has no known bite history. The finder stated Buster is housetrained. He has a high energy level.
For a New Family to Know: Buster seems like a very loving and excitable dog. The finder mentioned that he knows sit and paw when given treats. When on walks, Buster tends to pull on the leash very hard. The finder also mentioned that when walking, if Buster sees metal doors on the ground, he will avoid them.
SHELTER ASSESSMENT – Date of assessment: 2/6/2019
Strength and pulling: Hard
Reactivity to humans: None
Reactivity to dogs: Pulling, hard barking
Leash walking comments:
Loose in room (15-20 seconds): Distracted- sniffing curiously
Call over: Approaches with coaxing
Soft handling: Accepts contact
Exuberant handling: Accepts contact
Jog: Engages loosely
KNOCK: No response
TOY: Paws, allows hand to take
PLAYGROUP NOTES – DOG TO DOG SUMMARIES: Due to nature of arrival into our care, history around other dogs is unknown. In the care center, Buster has displayed high levels of reactivity toward other dogs on leash. Off leash, he has displayed playful behavior toward female dogs. He has not yet been introduced to a male dog off leash. Future introductions should be monitored closely and proceeded with caution due to observed reactivity. The assistance of a positive reinforcement trainer is recommended.
2/5: When greeting the helper dog through the fence, Buster lunges forward and hard barks.
2/6: Buster is muzzled for off leash introduction to the female helper dog. When introduced, he displays soft body language and solicits running play. The muzzle is removed and Buster continues to display play behavior.
2/7: Buster engages in running play with a female dog.
INTAKE BEHAVIOR - Date of intake:: 2/4/2019
Summary:: Allowed all handling
MEDICAL BEHAVIOR - Date of initial:: 2/4/2019
Summary:: Active, social
ENERGY LEVEL:: Previous owner says Buster has a high level of energy. He may have a low threshold for arousal and needs guidance to learn how to appropriately channel that energy when he becomes overstimulated. He will need daily mental and physical stimulation and exercise, and force-free, positive reinforcement-based training may help him to learn impulse control and to train desirable behaviors that can be rewarded.
BEHAVIOR DETERMINATION:: Level 2
Behavior Asilomar: TM - Treatable-Manageable
Recommendations:: No young children (under 5)
Recommendations comments:: Due to his previous history of playing roughly with children, we recommend he not be placed with children under five.
Potential challenges: : On-leash reactivity/barrier frustration, Strength/leash pulling
Potential challenges comments:: At the care center Buster has been observed to react to other dogs on leash, lunging towards them and barking. As Buster plays well with other dogs, this reaction is likely due to excitement and frustration, we recommend a front clip harness or head halter to help manage this behavior. He will need positive reinforcement, reward based training to teach him to look at you rather than other dogs. Please see the handout on on-leash reactivity to help manage this behavior. Buster is a very large, strong dog with the capability to pull over an average adopter. His adopter must be prepared and able to handle a dog of this size and strength. It is recommended that he be walked on a front clip harness or head halter, which help diminish his strength through leverage, and that he be trained using positive reinforcement, reward based training to not pull on leash. Please see the leash-manners handout on to best handle this behavior.
MEDICAL EXAM NOTES
[DVM Intake] DVM Intake Exam Estimated age: 3 years Microchip noted on Intake? No Microchip Number (If Applicable): History : Subjective: BAR Observed Behavior -Friendly but hyper. Wagging tail. Took treats. Gets very enthusiastic about treats so best to hold them flat in your hand or throw them and he will catch them. Overall did well. Evidence of Cruelty seen -No Evidence of Trauma seen -No Objective T = P =120 bpm R =eup BCS 5/9 EENT: Eyes clear, ears clean, no nasal or ocular discharge noted Oral Exam: 1/4 tartar PLN: No enlargements noted H/L: NSR, NMA, CRT < 2, Lungs clear, eupnic, no c/s ABD: Non painful, no masses palpated U/G: M/I, both down MSI: Ambulatory x 4, skin free of parasites, no masses noted, healthy hair coat CNS: Mentation appropriate - no signs of neurologic abnormalities Rectal: Clean externally Assessment: Apparently healthy Prognosis: Good Plan: No tx needed at this time
SURGERY: Okay for surgery
*** TO FOSTER OR ADOPT ***
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Step 2: Go to the red menu button on the top right corner, click register and fill in your info.
Step 3: Go to your email and verify account
Step 4: Go back to the website, click the menu button and view available dogs
Step 5: Scroll to the animal you are interested and click reserve
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HOW TO FOSTER OR ADOPT IF YOU *CANNOT* GET TO THE SHELTER IN PERSON, OR IF THE DOG IS NEW HOPE RESCUE ONLY!
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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.
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