Animal Profile

Dancing Bear

Hello, my name is Dancing Bear. My animal id is #87675. I am a desexed female tan dog at the . The shelter thinks I am about 4 years 1 weeks old.

I came into the shelter as a stray on 2/2/2020.


Someone has already placed a deposit on me. I'm no longer available.

Dancing Bear is at risk for behavioral reasons. Dancing Bear came to us as a stray, so information about his behaviors in a home environment are unknown. At the care center, Dancing Bear has displayed conflicting behaviors and is recommended for placement with a new hope partner that can further assess the behaviors and provide appropriate behavior modification and management. While Dancing Bear has shown some social behaviors toward people, he has also been seen to quickly retreat followed by hard barking and growling. Dancing Bear will need a low stress environment where he can gradually acclimate and further observation into the provocations of some of his displayed behaviors is strongly recommended. Medically, Dancing Bear seems healthy at this time.

Let's get to know each other a bit more...

A staff member writes: Dancing Bear came in with a wiggle and a wag, her stubby legs dancing to the tune in her head but suddenly she realized she was in a strange place with unknown people and animals everywhere she looked and wasn't sure what she should do. Conflicted and scared, Dancing Bear is looking for a patient adult only home that can give her the time and space to decompress and familiarize herself with her surroundings and offer her positive reinforcement when introducing her to new people and things so she can slowly learn to do her wiggle and wag dance once again.

My medical notes are...

Weight: 46.8 lbs


[DVM Intake] DVM Intake Exam Estimated age: ~ 4 years Microchip noted on Intake? Negative History: Stray. Came in with Scooter 87676. Subjective: BAR Observed Behavior -Hard barking in kennel, growling and lunging. Bit control pole and would not let go. Sedated for exam. Evidence of Cruelty seen -No Evidence of Trauma seen -No Objective T = P =wnl R =wnl BCS 6/9 EENT: Eyes clear, mild wax AU, no nasal or ocular discharge noted Oral Exam: 1/4, swollen lower right lip with mild to moderate bleeding from biting control pole, 2-3 small superficial wounds in this area (also from control pole) PLN: No enlargements noted H/L: NSR, NMA, CRT < 2, Lungs clear, eupnic ABD: Non painful, no masses palpated U/G: F, suspect spayed, she has a large ventral midline incision MSI: Ambulatory x 4, skin free of parasites, no masses noted, dried blood on forelimbs and paws, diarrhea on all 4 paws CNS: Mentation appropriate - no signs of neurologic abnormalities Rectal: Clean externally Assessment: -Swollen lower right lip from biting control pole -Diarrhea Prognosis: Good Plan: -Sedated with torb (10 mg/mL) 0.6 mL IM, dexmedetomidine (500 mcg/mL) 0.4 mL IM and ketamine (100 mg/mL) 0.2 mL IM, had to give another dexmedetomidine 0.2 mL IM and ketamine 0.2 mL IM about 20 minutes after initial sedation -Half dose Antisedan for reversal -Cleaned all dry blood off of her -Rimadyl 50 mg/mL-Gave 1.8 mL SQ -Proviable 1 capsule PO SID x 7 days -Trazadone 150 mg PO BID until otherwise directed to help reduce FAS SURGERY: Already spayed


BAR. Barking and wagging tail at back of kennel. Formed stool on floor of kennel. Vomit of tan liquid and semi digested food on kennel floor as well. Transfer door only sign visible. EENT: No nasal or ocular discharge. RR & RE wnl Presumed spay because long ventral midline incision seen while sedated at intake. A: Vomiting r/o side effect of trazodone vs food sensitivity vs other Plan decrease trazodone to 100mg bid Try wet food only


S: Alert in kennel, at front O: Mild serous nasal discharge especially at the corners of the nose, occasional coughing A: CIRDC likely P: Move to isolation 1. Doxycycline 200 mg PO SID x14 days 2. Enrofloxacin 204 mg PO SID x14 days 3. Cerenia 45 mg PO SID x4 days 1088

Details on my behavior are...

Behavior Condition: 5. Red

In admissions office, dancing bear was wagging and wiggling body. She allowed all petting and approached counselor and put head on leg for petting. Allowed scanning for microchip and collaring and taking picture. Seems to know the command sit. Had to be carried up second flight of stairs because was pulling away on leash and would not go for treats or calling.Allowed counselor to pick up with no resistance and place into kennel.

Date of intake:: 2/2/2020

Spay/Neuter status:: Yes

Means of surrender (length of time in previous home):: Stray

Date of assessment:: 2/5/2020

Summary:: Dancing Bear is very fearful at the care center, barking and growling at handlers. When she was taken out of the kennel, she appeared social with the handler at first, soliciting attention. After a few minutes in the assessment room, she became fearful and ran under the desk, growling every time a person in the room moved and not coming out for treats. Due to this behavior and out of concern for her stress levels, she is not a candidate for a handling assessment.

Date of intake:: 2/2/2020

Summary:: Social, allowed handling

Date of initial:: 2/4/2020

Summary:: Hard barking, growling, lunging, sedated for exam

ENERGY LEVEL:: We have no history on Dancing Bear so we cannot be certain of her behavior in a home environment. At the care center, she displays a medium-high level of activity.


Recommendations:: No children (under 13),Place with a New Hope partner

Recommendations comments:: No children: Due to how fearful Dancing Bear is at the care center and due to the potential for defensive aggression she has displayed, we recommend an adult only home. Place with a New Hope partner: Dancing Bear is high fearful at the care center and has growled and snapped at handlers. We recommend placement with a New Hope partner who can provide any necessary behavior modification (force-free, positive reinforcement-based) and re-evaluate behavior in a stable home environment before placement into a permanent home.

Potential challenges: : Fearful/potential for defensive aggression

Potential challenges comments:: Fearful/potential for defensive aggression: Dancing Bear is highly fearful at the care center and has barked, growled, and snapped at handlers. She does seem to retreat when given the opportunity to do so. She will need a very slow approach and time to acclimate to unfamiliar people and environments. Please see handout on Fearful/potential for defensive aggression.