Animal Profile


Hello, my name is Lazuli. My animal id is #29606. I am a male black brown dog at the Brooklyn Animal Care Center. The shelter thinks I am about 3 years 2 weeks old.

I came into the shelter as a agency on 29-May-2018.

Sorry, this pet is for new hope partners only.

Lazuli is at risk for behavior concerns, New Hope Only determination. He should go to an adult only environment that can assist with his impulse control, extreme leash biting, and tendency to become over aroused in some situations. He does have some dermatitis but otherwise is a healthy dog.

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A staff member writes: Lazuli is a great dog. He has a lot of energy and loves to run around in the backyard. Lazuli loves to play ball. He can be a little independent but he does love attention too! Every time I visit Lazuli in his kennel, he gives kisses. He can be very affectionate. He is a good boy who just needs love. Come by and visit Lazuli in Staten Island !

My medical notes are...

Weight: 50 lbs


Microchip: NEG Sex: MALE Age: 3 YRS Mentation: WNL Eyes: WNL Ears: WNL Nose: WNL Teeth: Tartar seen and gingivitis If abnormal BCS: Skin: dermatitis seen dorsal and ventral to chest and abdomen scraping done and negative Hair Coat: Rough shape Declawed: NO Any injuries: NO Behavior: FRIENDLY,ALLOWED HANDLING


[DVM Intake] DVM Intake Exam Estimated age: 3 years History : stray Subjective: Observed Behavior - friendly, very active Evidence of Cruelty seen - no Evidence of Trauma seen - no Objective BCS 5/9 EENT: Eyes clear, ears clean, no nasal or ocular discharge noted Oral Exam: limited oral exam, mild dental calc seen PLN: No enlargements noted H/L: NSR, NMA, CRT < 2, Lungs clear, eupneic ABD: Non painful, no masses palpated U/G: male intact, 2 descended testicles MSI: Ambulatory x 4, skin free of parasites, no masses noted, patches of alopecia, erythema, and epidermal collarettes throughout body CNS: Mentation appropriate - no signs of neurologic abnormalities Assessment dermatitis- R/O atopy vs food allergy vs mites vs other Prognosis: good Plan: skin scrape- negative start simplicef 200 mg PO SID x 3 weeks consider a hypoallergenic diet trial SURGERY: Okay for surgery


DVM Intake Exam Estimated age: 3 years History : Transferred from SIACC due to behavior. stray intake to SIACC 5/31-started on simplicef, skin scrape negative. 6/1-started on itraconazole. 6/14-started on trazodone for behavioral deterioration in the shelter. Subjective: BAR. No csvd. Skin seems to be improving. Cage exam only due to behavior. Observed Behavior - At the front of the cage seeking attention but once tried to rope him he grabbed the rope and would not let go-shredded the rope. Evidence of Cruelty seen - no Evidence of Trauma seen - no Objective BCS 5/9 EENT: Eyes clear, no nasal or ocular discharge noted H/L: Normal RR/RE, eupneic U/G: MI, 2 descended testicles MSI: Ambulatory x 4, no masses noted, mild patchy alopecia on dorsal midline but no erythema or signs of pyoderma CNS: Mentation appropriate - no signs of neurologic abnormalities Assessment: Apparently healthy Hx dermatitis- R/O atopy vs food allergy vs mites vs other-RESOLVING Prognosis: Good Plan: Continue simplicef until 6/21 Extend trazodone 100mg PO BID x7d until 6/24, reassess Rec behavioral eval SURGERY: Okay for surgery

Details on my behavior are...

Behavior Condition: 1. Green

Upon intake: Lazuli was calm and had loose body language upon arriving at the shelter. He allowed all handling for collaring, scanning, and kenneling.

Date of intake:: 5/29/2018

Spay/Neuter status:: No

Means of surrender (length of time in previous home):: Stray, no known history

Other Notes:: Lazuli was reported to be jumping and "snapping" at passersby. We have no additional details.

Date of assessment:: 6/16/2018

Look:: 2. Dog pulls out of Assessor's hands each time without settling during three repetitions.

Sensitivity:: 1. Dog leans into the Assessor, eyes soft or squinty, soft and loose body, open mouth.

Tag:: 2. Dog is not fearful, but is unresponsive when touched. Approaches the Assessor when the game ends (may need coaxing to approach). Dog is focused on stimuli other than the Assessor.

Paw squeeze 1:: 2. Dog quickly pulls back.

Paw squeeze 2:: 2. Dog quickly pull back.

Toy:: 3. Dog takes toy away, keeps a firm hold. Body is stiff.

Summary:: Lazuli came into the assessment room anxious and very energetic. He was social but very distracted with his surroundings. When attempting to give him the toy on resources he would snap at the toy with a hard mouth. When the handler try to remove the toy he would grab and bite the stick with a hard mouth again.

Summary (1):: Lazuli was surrender as a stray so his past behavior with other dogs is unknown. 6/16: When off leash at the Care Centers, Lazuli is sexually motivated. He explores the yard before positioning himself to mount the female greeter. Lazuli responds to handler interruptions by air snapping in their direction, so his session is ended immediately.

Date of intake:: 5/29/2018

Summary:: Calm, loose bodied, allowed all handling

Date of initial:: 5/31/2018

Summary:: Friendly, active

ENERGY LEVEL:: In the care center Lazuili 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

IN SHELTER OBSERVATIONS:: 6/6: Lazuli was very interested in toys while in the yard this morning. He played with the toys and swapped with the handler socializing with him. He came when called and stayed by the handler's side. Lazuli is becoming more engaged with people and toys than he was when he first arrived and likes to engage in play now. 6/7: Lazuli was housed next to dog that has been presenting some reactivity to her kennel, other dogs, and the leash. We suspect that some of Lazuli's behavior may be in response to the increased reactivity of this neighbor. Today Lazuli was moved to the opposite side of the room away from the other dog. Lazuli now appears calmer and easier to manage. 6/8: Lazuli's behavior appears to be puppy-ish in its exuberance and focus. He is distracted with treats in the kennel in order to leash him. Once outside of the kennel, he is loose and wiggly and has high energy. Lazuli was very interested in toys while in the yard this morning. He played with the toys and swapped with the handler socializing with him. 6/13: Lazuli appears to be deteriorating in the shelter environment. Recently he has not been responded to refocusing attempts/treats and directs his frustration onto the leash and becomes difficult to handle. He does well in the yard but walking requires very durable treats and toys to keep his focus off of the leash and the dogs around him.


Behavior Asilomar: TM - Treatable-Manageable

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

Recommendations comments:: No children: Due to concerning behaviors displayed in the care center, we feel that an adult-only home would be most beneficial at this time. New hope partner: Due to Lazuli concerning behaviors displayed previously in the care center combined with his very low threshold for arousal. He will need appropriate guidance in order to learn confidence and better coping skills. We feel we can best set him up for success through placement with a New Hope partner. We recommend only force-free, reward-based training methods as more aversive techniques will likely increase fear and increase the risk of aggression.

Potential challenges: : Basic manners/poor impulse control,Social hyperarousal,Mouthiness/poor bite inhibition

Potential challenges comments:: Basic manners/poor impulse control: Lazuli has been observed to leash bite in the care center when overstimulated, he is unable to be readily refocused with toys/treats at this time. It is recommended that default behaviors such as "Leave it", "Sit/Stay", "Down" are reinforced to substitute any frustration and teach Lazuli to control his impulses instead of simply reacting; proper management is also advised. Force-free, reward based training only is recommended. Social hyperarousal: Lazuli has displayed low threshold for arousal, rapidly escalating; because there is propensity for him to tip over to aggression, immediate intervention and consultation with a qualified veterinary behaviorist/professional trainer is strongly recommended to aid in addressing this issue to prevent further behavioral concerns that may appear in the future if not treated right away. We recommend only force-free, reward based training when introducing or exposing Lazuli to new and unfamiliar situations.