Animal Profile


Major

Hello, my name is Major. My animal id is #126009. I am a male tan dog at the Brooklyn Animal Care Center. The shelter thinks I am about 5 years 1 months old.

I came into the shelter as a owner surrender on 9/23/2021, with the surrender reason stated as person circumstance- moving - no pets allowed.

Sorry, this pet is for new hope partners only.

During his time in the care center, Major has displayed a high level of fear and defensive aggression. He has been observed to growl, bare teeth and lunge at unfamiliar handlers, making him difficult to manage. Medically, Major has CIRDC.

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

<b><a style="color:red;" href="https://newhope.shelterbuddy.com/Animal/List">This pet needs emergency placement. Please click here to go to our emergency placement page for more information.</a></b><br /><br /> Due to the need for extensive behavior modification, this animal is only available for foster/adoption through one of ACC's New Hope Partners. Please read the below information thoroughly about this dog and if you are interested in fostering or adopting, please fill out the pre-screener form. <strong>Do not click the "Adopt Me" button on this webpage.</strong> This animal is not directly available for adoption through ACC and is only available by completing the pre-screener form. <strong>Adoption inquiries sent directly to ACC will not receive a response.</strong> <br /><br /> <a href="https://forms.gle/gYCJEzVMVZWXf7KJ6">Pre-Screener Form</a> <br /><br /> Major has not acclimated well to the care center, and has allowed for minimal handling from select staff. He was surrendered because his previous family was relocating and could not keep him. They describe him as relaxed and playful around children but showed a lack of basic manners as he would jump on them. Major's previous home notes that he has shown aggression towards strangers and cats by hard barking at them and is said to be afraid of other dogs. During his stay at the Care Center, he stiffens and begins grumbling when he sees other dogs. He is noted to guard his food, escalating to barking and growling if these items are touched. Major is not house trained and is described to have a medium energy level. Upon arrival at the care center, he was lunging and hard barking at staff and he has allowed only minimal handling while at the care center. We recommend an adult-only, single pet home that is quiet where Major can decompress. He should never be forced into a situation he is uncomfortable with or submit to petting. Food items should never be taken directly from Major and should utilize trade up games with something of higher value. Major will do best in a home where his foster or adopter can utilize behavior modification for his behavior concerns notes by his previous owner and observed in the care center using positive force free training.

My medical notes are...

Weight: 95 lbs

9/23/2021

9/23/2021

DVM Intake Estimated age: 5 years Microchip noted on Intake? Yes History: Owner surrender Subjective: BARH, no coughing/sneezing/vomiting/diarrhea Observed behavior: Lunging, hard barking and growling. Sedated for exam and tasks with 10 mcg/kg dexmedetomidine, 0.2 mg/kg butorphanol IM--only partial sedation achieved Evidence of cruelty seen: No Evidence of trauma seen: No Objective: P: WNL R: WNL BCS: 5/9 OP: Muzzled EENT: Eyes, ears, and nares clear bilaterally, no discharge noted. PLN: Small/soft/symmetrical/nonpainful CV: No murmurs or arrhythmias, pulses strong and synchronous. RESP: Eupneic, no crackles/wheezes GI: Soft, nonpainful, no palpable masses. UG: male intact, two descended testicles, no discharge INT: Good hair coat, no areas of alopecia or pruritus, no ectoparasites or masses noted. Minor abrasions on pinnae bilaterally, canals clear of debris MS: Ambulatory x4, no pain on palpation of epaxials NEURO: Mentation appropriate, cranial nerves intact, no deficits noted. Assessment: -Minor wounds on pinnae Prognosis: Good Plan: -Start trazodone 7.5 mg/kg PO q12h indefinitely -Sent out CBC/Chemistry Surgery: Okay for surgery

9/24/2021

CBC: Mild non-regenerative anemia [RBC 4.95 (5.39-8.7 M/uL), HCT 34.8 (38.3-56.5%)] Mild lymphopenia 0.73 (1.06-4.95 K/uL) Platelet clumping Chemistry: All values WNL T4: WNL

9/30/2021

Hx: 9/23/2021 intake-Wounds on pinna, started trazodone for FAS 9/24-Mild non regenerative anemia, mild lymphopenia. Chem WNL (refer to previous medical record), T4 WNL. Today, 9/30- Progress exam, CIRDC signs noted on rounds SO: BAR, no s/v/d, coughing noted. E/d well. Cageside exam. Eyes: Grossly appropriate OU. Nasal Cavity: Mild serous nasal discharge. Lungs: Eupneic, coughing Musculoskeletal: Ambulatory x 4 with no appreciable lameness. Neuro: Appropriate mentation. Rectal: Not performed. Externally normal. A: CIRDC Minor wounds on pinnae (not examined today) P: CTM while at BACC Move to ISO Start doxycycline 10mg/kg PO SID x 14 days Start proviable 1 cap in food SID x 14 days Continue trazodone 7.5mg/kg PO BID indefinitely for FAS Recheck CIRDC day 7

10/7/2021

Hx: 9/23/2021 intake-Wounds on pinna, started trazodone for FAS 9/24-Mild non regenerative anemia, mild lymphopenia. Chem WNL (refer to previous medical record), T4 WNL. 9/30-Started doxycycline and proviable for CIRDC Today, 10/7- Progress exam, CIRDC signs noted on rounds SO: BAR, no s/v/d, occasional coughing noted. E/d well. Cageside exam. Eyes: Grossly appropriate OU. Nasal Cavity: Mild serous nasal discharge. Lungs: Eupneic, coughing Musculoskeletal: Ambulatory x 4 with no appreciable lameness. Neuro: Appropriate mentation. Rectal: Not performed. Externally normal. A: CIRDC P: CTM while at BACC Stay in ISO Continue doxycycline 10mg/kg PO SID x 14 days until 10/14 Continue proviable 1 cap in food SID x 14 days until 10/14 Continue trazodone 7.5mg/kg PO BID indefinitely for FAS Recheck CIRDC day 10

10/10/2021

History 9/23/21 os intake: sedated for intake; minor wounds noted at pinnae, submitted bw and started trazodone for FAS 9/24: CBC-Mild non-regenerative anemia [HCT 34.8 (38.3-56.5%)], Mild lymphopenia 0.73 (1.06-4.95 K/uL); Chemistry-WNL; T4-WNL 9/30: started doxycycline and proviable for CIRDC Today, 10/10: CIRDC day 10 S/O: BAR, no c/s/v/d noted. EENT: Eyes clear, no nasal or ocular discharge noted H/L: Eupneic, normal respiratory rate/effort ABD: No obvious distention MSI: Ambulatory x 4, no notable lameness CNS: Mentation appropriate Assessment: CIRDC - resolved Plan: Move out of iso Continue doxycycline 10 mg/kg PO SID until 10/14 Continue proviable PO SID until 10/14 Continue trazodone 7.5 mg/kg PO BID for FAS in shelter CTM while at BACC

Details on my behavior are...

Behavior Condition: 4. Orange

Upon intake: Major was lunging and hard barking when he arrived to ACC. he had to be double leashed, and escorted by canine behavior staff, and a member of vet services when taken to medical.

Date of Intake: 9/23/2021

Basic Information:: Major is a 5 year old large mixed breed who was surrendered to ACC shelters. He was received from his previous owners as a gift from a friend, and had to be surrendered because his previous owners were relocating and would not be able to take him along.

Previously lived with:: 2 adults; 1 child

How is this dog around strangers?: Around strangers Major is aggressive. He will bark a lot and become very territorial.

How is this dog around children?: Major has spent time with children and is usually relaxed and playful. He will not play with them. There was a 4 year old in his previous home, and he would jump on them.

How is this dog around other dogs?: Major has spent time with other dogs, and is fearful of them. He will not play with them.

How is this dog around cats?: Major has spent time with cats and is aggressive with them.

Resource guarding:: Major will bark and growl at you if you try to touch his food or bowl while eating, and if you take his treats. Major is not bothered if you take away a toy.

Bite history:: N/A

Housetrained:: No

Energy level/descriptors:: Medium

Other Notes:: Major will destroy things indoor and barks a lot. Major will hide if he hears fireworks or storms. Major is not bothered if you take a toy away or if you push him off of the couch or furniture. Major will bark if you try to hold or restrain him. It is unknown what he will do if you disturb him while sleeping. He is not bothered if you give him a bath, and is friendly if you brush him. Major is not bothered if you trim his nails. Major will bark and growl if someone unfamiliar approaches his house or family members.

Medical Notes: He will scratch and itch his ears.

For a New Family to Know: Major is an affectionate and excitable dog with medium activity level. His favorite game is fetch, and he could play for hours. One of his favorite activities is running. When at home with his humans, he will follow them around. Major likes to play with squeaky toys, balls, chew bones, and stuffed toys. The games he likes are fetch, tug, guarding, alerting/barking, and chase. Major has be kept mostly outdoors, and slept in his dog house. Major eats 3 cups of either wet or dry dog food every day. His favorite snacks are bone marrow snacks. Major is not house trained, and if inside will have accidents daily. major usually goes to the restroom on grass or the pavement. When left alone Major will use the restroom indoors. Majors has not been crate trained. Major knows how to sit, come, and lie down. For exercise Major likes running/jogging, playing in the yard, or either slow or fast walks on his leash. When on the leash Major will pull very hard. When off leash Major will keep his distance, and is hard to catch.

Date of intake:: 9/23/2021

Spay/Neuter status:: No

Means of surrender (length of time in previous home):: Owner Surrender

Previously lived with:: 2 adults; 1 child

Behavior toward strangers:: hard bark, growls, lunges

Behavior toward children:: lived with a 4 y/o; would jump on the child, but also reported to sometimes play

Behavior toward dogs:: Fearful during interactions with other dogs

Behavior toward cats:: reactive

Resource guarding:: Major will bark and growl at you if you try to touch his food or bowl while eating, and if you take his treats. Major is not bothered if you take away a toy.

Bite history:: none reported

Housetrained:: No

Other Notes:: Major will destroy things indoors and barks a lot. He will hide if he hears fireworks or storms, but is not bothered if you take a toy away or if you push him off of the couch or furniture. Major will bark if you try to hold or restrain him. It is unknown what he will do if you disturb him while sleeping. He is not bothered if you give him a bath, and is friendly if you brush him. Major is not bothered if you trim his nails. Major will bark and growl if someone unfamiliar approaches his house or family members. Major has been kept mostly outdoors and slept in his dog house. He is not house trained, and if inside will have accidents daily. major usually goes to the restroom on grass or the pavement. When left alone Major will use the restroom indoors. Majors has not been crate trained. When on the leash Major will pull very hard. When off leash Major will keep his distance and is hard to catch.

Summary:: Major has displayed fearful defensive behaviors (lunging, growling, and hard barking) both in and out of his kennel. Major has been observed to warm up slowly to handlers, taking some time to acclimate before seeking attention or displaying social behavior. When a new handler meets Prince he is tense and avoidant and continues to move away. Due to Major's defensive behaviors, out of concern for his overall stress level, an assessment will not be attempted at this time.

Summary:: According to Major's previous owner, he has spent time with other dogs and is fearful of them. He will not play with them. 9/24: Major is highly defensive in his kennel and difficult to remove. Due to his behavior and large size, he is being given decompression time before the Behavior Department conducts a dog-dog introduction. 9/30: Major has not been able to attend playgroup due to being diagnosed with CIRDC. But when out with handlers, he has been observed to become stiff and starts grumbling when he sees other dogs.

Date of intake:: 9/23/2021

Summary:: lunging, hard barking, double leashed and brought into building

Date of initial:: 9/23/2021

Summary:: Lunging, hard barking and growling. Sedated for exam and tasks

IN SHELTER OBSERVATIONS:: 10/1: During a walk, Major become fixated on a novel handler was walking behind him. His posture stiffens, hackles raise, and he crouches low. The handlers walking Major call his name and use a squeaker in an attempt to refocus him. But it is difficult due to his size and strength. 9/28: (1) While on a walk, Major stopped walking and began to grumble at a stranger that was exiting a building that was in close proximity. The handler walking him was able to refocus him with coaxing and treats. Major resumed walking and shook off. (2) Major jumps on familiar handlers in greeting before resuming his walk. 9/25: Major sat when cued and when the handler turned and reached over his head to pick up something on the table, he flinched, closed his eyes, and slightly crouched to the floor. He recovered quickly and accepted treats from the handler.

BEHAVIOR DETERMINATION:: New Hope Only

Recommendations:: No children (under 13),No cats,Single-pet home,Recommend no dog parks,Place with a New Hope partner

Recommendations comments:: No children (under 13): Due to Major's resource guarding and fearful/defensive aggression, we feel that an adult-only home would be most beneficial at this time. No cats: Major's owner reported that he is reactive towards cats. Further detail was not provided. Due to this, we recommend a home without cats or smaller animals at this time. Single-pet home/recommend no dog parks: Major's reported to be fearful of other dogs and during his stay at the Care Center he has been observed to stiffen and grumble at other dogs when he sees them. We feel that Major should not visit dog parks and be the only resident dog. The Behavior Department recommends that he be socialized in a more controlled setting until his behavior towards other dogs can be further addressed. Reward-based, force-free training can be utilized to help Major associate dogs with things he enjoys like toys or treats. Place with a New Hope Partner: Due to all noted concerns displayed in a home environment and in the Care Center, the behavior department recommends Major be placed with a New Hope placement partner who is able to provide an experienced adult-only foster home. A period of decompression is recommended to allow Major to acclimate comfortably to his new environment; force-free, reward-based training only is advised when introducing Major to new and unfamiliar situations. Consultation with a professional trainer/behaviorist is highly recommended for guidance to safely manage/modify any behavior Major presents with outside of the care centers.

Potential challenges: : House soiling,Resource guarding,Destructive behavior,Basic manners/poor impulse control,Handling/touch sensitivity,Fearful/potential for defensive aggression,Strength/leash pulling

Potential challenges comments:: House Soiling: Major is reported to have frequent accidents in the house, and appears not to have been housetrained in the past, and will likely need guidance with house training. We recommend positive reinforcement, reward-based training only. Please see handout on House Soling. Resource Guarding: Major was reported to resource guard food and treats in the previous home. He is described to hard bark and growl when engaged with the items when attempting to remove/touch them. For this reason, we advise against ever removing items from Major's possession without safely trading for an item or greater or equal value. Please see handout on Resource Guarding. Destructive Behavior: Major is reported to show destructive behavior and bark in the home, limited details were provided. We are unaware of what, if any, attempts were made to remedy this behavior but we suggest to future adopters that Major will need to be provided with physical and mental stimulation and with a variety of appropriate and engaging chew toys so he can engage in necessary chewing behavior without damage to human objects. Please see handout on Destructive Behavior. Basic Manners: Major jumps up on handlers, almost knocking them over due to his size. It is recommended that default behaviors such as "Leave it", "Sit/Stay", "Down" are reinforced to substitute any frustration and teach him to control her impulses instead of simply reacting; proper management is also advised. Force-free, reward based training only is recommended. Handling/touch sensitivity: Major has been noted to become uncomfortable with handling at times, especially when a person is reaching over him. It is important to always go slow and give Major the option to walk away from any social interaction. Major should never be forced to approach anything that he is uncomfortable with or to submit to petting or handling. It should always be Major’s choice to approach a new person or thing. Major may do best in an initially calm and quiet home environment and should be given time to acclimate to his new surroundings. Please see handout on Handling/touch sensitivity. Fearful/Defensive Aggression: Major has escalated to growling and lunging both at intake and during his time in the care center. His signs of discomfort must be respected; Major should never be forced to interact, he should always be given the opportunity to walk away from situations or people he finds uncomfortable. We recommend a slow approach and we recommend ONLY force-free, reward-based training methods. Strength/Leash Pulling: Major 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 helps diminish his strength through leverage, and that he be trained using positive reinforcement, reward-based training to not pull on leash.