TO BE KILLED – 12/10/2018
*** SHADOW BOY IS A FRIENDLY, AFFECTIONATE, PLAYFUL, RESPECTFUL PUPPY W/ADULTS, KIDS, DOGS & CATS! ***
Strikingly handsome SHADOW BOY got a bum deal when he landed in his family. His family got him when he was 2 months old, and then failed him at every level. He was never given basic housetraining or puppy skills training and he was exposed to visitors who screamed at him so loud he ran under a bed, and then when he tried to crawl back out he was confronted by this person and got so frightened he nipped them. What would any of our dogs do in such a situation? GRRRR! But this one incident in a history of nothing but STELLAR behavior (read his owner notes), resulted in this poor baby boy being dumped at the tender age of barely 1 year old. Shadow boy is amazing. He is friendly and social with everyone he meets – people big or small, little dogs he interacted with and loved, and even the family cat! People coming to the home were greeted with jump up hugs! He so deserved better than he got, and he deserved time, patience, training, & guidance. He has such a good heart, he is generous of spirit and playful and sweet. The shelter confirms this. He is also high energy as are most puppies, and he needs outlets for this energy – runs or hikes, or games of ball. He needs to learn calming exercises like “down” and “place” and he could benefit from commands like ‘drop it/leave it.” There is not a single thing wrong with this little guy other than he had an ignorant family. So let’s get this boy to safety and into a warm and loving home for the holidays. An experienced foster or adopter in a home with no kids under age 13 would be PERFECT! You can PRIVATE MESSAGE our page or email us at MustLoveDogsNYC@gmail.com for assistance. Because poor Shadow Boy is Rescue Only you need to fill out applications with NH rescues to save his life.
SHADOW BOY (real name may be THOR), ID 48136, @ 12 Mos.Old, 60 lbs.
Brooklyn ACC, Large Mixed Breed, Black, Unaltered Male
Owner Surrender Reason: Animal Behavior
Shelter Assessment Rating: New Hope Rescue Only
Intake Behavior Rating: 1. Green
AT RISK MEMO: Shadow Boy appears to have a low threshold for arousal and does not appear to readily recover. He has also been observed to escalate to jumping up high and mouthing with moderate pressure the more overstimulated he becomes. He has been diagnosed with Canine Infectious Respiratory Disease Complex, that is contagious to other dogs.
INTAKE NOTES – DATE OF INTAKE, 11/26/2018: Shadow boy was very hyper in the lobby and kept jumping on counselors. Shadow boy was brought into his kennel before more handling was done as he would not settle down and became mouthy with a counselors hand. He was also panting and barking non stop.
SURRENDER NOTES – BASIC INFORMATION: Shadow boy is an approx 1 year old dog that was surrendered to BACC due to a bite that happened in the household. Shadow boy appears to have no medical issues or injuries. Owner had Shadow in the home since he was 2 months old. He previously lived with 4 adults and 2 children. Shadow boy is affectionate and friendly with strangers when they would come to the owners home or when Shadow was taken on walks on the leash outside. He likes to jump on the person who approaches him. Shadow boy has been around an 11 year old child and will be relaxed, playful, respectful and tolerant of the child. Owner stated that the son would like to play rough with Shadow (wrestling) so Shadow tends to become mouthy when over stimulated. Shadow boy has spent time with a small female 1 year old dog and will be relaxed and playful. Shadow boy has lived with a cat and will be relaxed, playful, and tolerant. Shadow boy is not bothered when his food is moved, but will bark, growl, and snap if his treats are taken away. He is friendly when someone takes his toys away. Shadow boy bit someone in the home on 11/25 leaving a puncture wound. While Shadow was laying until the bed chewing on a laptop charger, the owner's friend yelled at Shadow. While Shadow was coming out from under the bed, he bit his left hand leaving puncture wounds on all five fingers and then nipped his right hand but did not break skin this time. He is not housetrained and has a very high energy level. He has never had any medical issues and has no known medical concerns.
Other Notes:: Shadow boy is not bothered when pulled off the furniture, held/restrained or disturbed while he sleeps. Shadow boy will bark and snap if someone attempts to bathe him. Shadow boy is friendly when his hair is brushed and it is unknown how he will react if his feet are touched. Shadow boy will bark if someone approaches the house and will be friendly when someone approaches a family member.
For a New Family to Know: Shadow boy is described as friendly, affectionate, playful, confident, excitable, and independent. Shadow boy loves cuddling with the family and especially the kids. Shadow boy loves to play with balls, stuffed toys, squeaky toys, bones, and Frisbee. Shadow boy will play fetch, chase, tug a war and guarding. Shadow boy has been kept mostly indoors and will sleep anywhere in the home. Shadow boy eats dry food twice a day. Shadow boy loves rawhide bones. He is partially house-trained and will pee and poop throughout the house. Shadow boy will use the potty on grass, cement, and dirt. When left alone Shadow boy will destroy household items, bark/whine, and use the potty. Shadow boy has been crate trained but will not do well, as per owner he will eat the metal clips on the cage and will escape. Shadow boy knows how to sit and for exercise he will go on a brisk walk, running/jogging, or play in the yard. Shadow boy will pull very hard on the leash and when off the leash he will wander but come when called.
SHELTER ASSESSMENT – DATE OF ASSESSMENT, 12/6/2018
Summary:: Due to the high levels of over-arousal displayed in the care center, Shadow boy is not an appropriate candidate for an assessment at this time.
INTAKE BEHAVIOR - Date of intake:: 11/26/2018. Summary:: Active, jumpy, mouthy
MEDICAL BEHAVIOR - Date of initial:: 12/26/2018. Summary:: Waggy, jumpy
ENERGY LEVEL: His previous owners describe Shadow boy as a high-energy dog. In the care center he has been active and enthusiastic. 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 a force-free, positive reinforcement-based training class may help him to learn impulse control and to train desirable behaviors that can be rewarded.
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 Shadow boy's high levels arousal combined with his propensity to tip and escalate, we believe an experienced adult only home would be most beneficial at this time. Place with a New Hope partner: Shadow boy appears to have a low threshold for arousal and does not appear to readily recover. He has also been observed to escalate to jumping up high and mouthing with moderate pressure the more overstimulated he becomes. This behavior combined with the behavior concerns reported in his previous home environment causes us to believe that he may be best set up to succeed if placed with an experienced rescue partner who can allow for a period of decompression in order to reassess behavior in a stable home environment. The behavior department allow recommends safe and appropriate management when handling Shadow boy; force-free, reward b...