Animal Profile


Hello, my name is Achilles. My animal id is #155743. I am a desexed male white dog at the . The shelter thinks I am about 4 years 2 months old.

I came into the shelter as a owner surrender on 10/13/2022, with the surrender reason stated as person circumstance- eviction.


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

Achilles is in need of emergency placement due to behavioral concerns. Although Achilles has displayed social behaviors with handlers, he has displayed a high level of reactivity toward other dogs making it difficult to house him at the Care Center safely. Achilles has a bite history with another dog. Medically, Achilles is apparently healthy.

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This pet needs emergency placement. Please click here to go to our emergency placement page for more information. Achilles is in need of emergency placement due to behavioral concerns. Although Achilles has displayed social behaviors with handlers, he has displayed a high level of reactivity toward other dogs making it difficult to house him at the Care Center safely. Achilles has a bite history with another dog. Medically, Achilles is apparently healthy. What my friends at ACC say about me: I lived with children in my previous home. I have lived with cats. I have lived with dogs. I have medical needs that staff will address with you when you meet me. I am finding the shelter a little overwhelming, but when it's just you and me and some peace and quiet you'll see what a love bug I am. I'm sensitive and shy. I'll need extra help from you. I would do best in a home with only adult humans. Please check here for updated adoption hours. Hi there! My name is Achilles and I've been at the Brooklyn ACC since October (yes, you read that right)! I was surrendered due to housing issues with my original family and sustained some injuries on my way to ACC. I love people, but would rather be the only doggo in your life due to my reactivity. I only require a little extra paperwork to be filled out and a few extra vet visits this year because one of my injuries was likely a bite wound (now fully healed). I'm thankful for everyone at ACC taking such good care of me, but I think I'd like to find my forever home now. So what are you waiting for? Ask about me today!

My medical notes are...

Weight: 50.4 lbs


[DVM Intake] DVM Intake Exam Estimated age:4y Microchip noted on Intake?n History:o surrender, dog fight today at day care Subjective: Observed Behavior -shaking, timid, head shy Evidence of Cruelty seen -n Evidence of Trauma seen -y Objective T = P =60 R =30 BCS 5/9 EENT: Eyes clear, ears clean, no nasal or ocular discharge noted Oral Exam:no exam PLN: No enlargements noted H/L: NSR, NMA, CRT < 2, Lungs clear, eupnic ABD: Non painful, no masses palpated U/G:2 testes MSI: limping rfl weight bearing, medial aspect of antebrachium numerous punctures. scrapes on face CNS: Mentation appropriate - no signs of neurologic abnormalities Assessment: dog fight wounds Prognosis:good Plan:convenia 2.4ml sq carpofen 50mg sq, will continue carprofen oral fo one week 100mg/day SURGERY: Okay for surgery Temporary waiver due to Permanent waiver due to


Progress exam History: Intake 10/13/2022: Owner surrender, bitten by other dog prior to surrender. Gave convenia, started rimadyl Today, 10/18: Progress exam Subjective: BAR, no coughing/sneezing/vomiting/diarrhea. Objective: Cageside exam performed. Eyes: Clear bilaterally, no discharge Nasal Cavity: No nasal discharge. Lungs: Eupneic Musculoskeletal: Ambulatory x 4 with no appreciable lameness. Puncture wounds R antebrachium healing well with visible granulation tissue, no swelling or discharge Neuro: Appropriate mentation. Assessment: -Bite wounds RFL (marked improvement) Prognosis: Good Plan: -Continue rimadyl 4.4 mg/kg PO q24h until 10/20 -CTM closely while at BACC


Bite wounds RFL healing well with no notable swelling or discharge, CTM.


Start trazodone 7.5 mg/kg PO q12h indefinitely for management of FAS


History 10/13/22 os intake: wounds, given convenia and started rimadyl 10/18: wounds healing well 10/24: started trazodone for FAS Today, 10/26: noted CIRDC signs S/O: BAR, no c/s/v/d noted EENT: Eyes clear, moderate mucoserous nasal 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 Plan: Move to iso Start doxycycline 10 mg/kg PO SID x 14 days Start baytril 10 mg/kg PO SID x 14 days Recheck CIRDC day 7 CTM while at BACC


CIRDC day 7: BAR, eating well, mild sniffling. Plan: Continue current treatment plan, recheck day 10


Increase trazodone to 10 mg/kg PO BID for FAS


Progress exam – recheck CIRDC day 10 S/O: BAR, no v/d noted. EENT: Eyes clear, mild serous nasal discharge noted H/L: No coughing/sneezing, eupneic, normal respiratory rate/effort CNS: Mentation appropriate Assessment: CIRDC Plan: Continue doxycycline and baytril until 11/9 Recheck CIRDC day 14 CTM while at BACC


CIRDC day 14- no signs noted, CIRDC resolved. CTM while at BACC.


Add clonidine 0.02 mg/kg PO BID for FAS in shelter


Start gabapentin 15 mg/kg PO q12h indefinitely for continued management of FAS


Give clonidine 0.02 mg/kg PO once on 12/13 prior to transport to facilitate handling and reduce FAS. Give in addition to already prescribed trazodone, gabapentin, and clonidine.


Traz, clonidine, gaba given at approx 8:30 am for transport today


Pre-surgical exam, anesthesia, and surgery performed by offsite vet. Medical record uploaded to Vet Documents. Green linear tattoo placed lateral to incision. GIVE: 1 tablet of Rimadyl 100 mg by mouth for 2 days starting the day after surgery.

Details on my behavior are...

Behavior Condition: 2. Blue

Upon intake, Achilles arrived with a loose and wiggly posture and greeted staff with a wagging tail. He allowed them to leash him, scan, collar and photograph him. Handling was limited due to his medical concerns.

Date of Intake: 10/13/2022

Basic Information:: Achilles is an approximately 4-year-old, male, white and gray large mixed breed who was surrendered by his owner due to housing instability. He lived in the home with his owner and 2 other dogs for 4 years.

Previously lived with:: 2 adults, 2 dogs

How is this dog around strangers?: Around strangers Achilles is friendly and outgoing. He plays gently with adults.

How is this dog around children?: Achilles spent time with children of all ages and is relaxed and playful with them. He plays gently with children.

How is this dog around other dogs?: Achilles lived with two other dogs who were his lmb 6 year old mother and a 3 year old, male lmb. He is relaxed and playful with other dogs. He is reported to play roughly with other male dogs and gently with female dogs. His owner reported that he is fearful of puppies.

How is this dog around cats?: Achilles is tolerant and respectful of cats but has never lived with cats; he has only spent time with them when they visited the home.

Resource guarding:: He is not bothered when his food bowl, bone/treats, toys are touched or taken away. He tends to exhibit a very playful behavior trying to get back his treats or bone.

Bite history:: Achilles has bitten a male dog a few months ago and the wound was cared for at home by owner of the other dog. The bite occurred when Achilles was out on a walk and the other dog lunged at him; Achilles' bite did break skin.

Housetrained:: Partially

Energy level/descriptors:: High energy

Other Notes:: During storms and fireworks, he is not bothered. He is not bothered when his food or bowl is touched while he is eating, when his treats are taken or when his toys are taken. He is friendly when he is moved off of furniture and when he is held or restrained, his rest is disturbed, when he bathed and brushed. He is not bothered when his feet are touched or his nails are trimmed or when a stranger approaches the home. He is friendly when a stranger approaches the person he is with.

Has this dog ever had any medical issues?: Yes

Medical Notes: Achilles has some type of skin condition and last saw the vet, Jan 2022.

For a New Family to Know: Achilles is a friendly, affectionate and playful dog with high activity level. He loves giving kisses, jumping to show affection loves tug a war games. He tends to be in the same room as his owner. He loves ropes, chewy bones, big bones for strong chewer. He spends most of his time indoors and sleeps in his own bed. He eats both wet and dry food and prefers bacon/beef and sausage treats. He is not bothered when taken off of the furniture, sleep is disturbed, taking a bath, nail/feet touched or restrained. He is on guard and barks when an unfamiliar approaches. He is partly house broken- tends to have accidents a few times a week. When his crate is left open, he will potty in the crate on the training pads. He tends to potty on cement and grassy areas outside during his walks. When left alone he is well behaved, distracted with toys, water bowl and his food. He tends to wonder away when in the backyard. He has anxiety when locked in his crate and tends to bark but listens to commands. Commands-Stays, leave it, no, no pulling, quiet, heel, don’t touch and next to me, Fist up in the air he knows to sit. He can be very obedient when you have a toy or bone. When on Leash he pulls hard but responds to cues. He will wonder away when off leash, runs away and very distracted by male dogs. He will make a wonderful addition to any family who will have him.

Date of intake:: 10/13/2022

Spay/Neuter status:: No

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

Previously lived with:: 2 adults, 2 dogs

Behavior toward strangers:: Friendly and outgoing

Behavior toward children:: Relaxed and playful

Behavior toward dogs:: Relaxed and playful with resident dogs, plays rough, reactive to male dogs

Behavior toward cats:: Tolerant and respectful

Resource guarding:: None reported

Bite history:: Achilles bit another dog when the dog lunged at him. He bit and held onto the other dog; the other dog did need its wounds to be cleaned.

Housetrained:: Yes

Energy level/descriptors:: Achilles is described to have high energy

Other Notes:: He is partly house broken- tends to have accidents a few times a week. When his crate is left open, he will potty in the crate on the training pads He has anxiety when locked in his crate and tends to bark During Rainstorms he tends to bark for long periods and is triggered by high pitch noise.

Date of assessment:: 11/3/2022

Summary:: Leash Walking Strength and pulling: Mild pulling Reactivity to humans: Loose body Reactivity to dogs: None - ignores Leash walking comments: Sociability Loose in room (15-20 seconds): Distracted, does not approach – active, exploring environment, highly anxious, could not settle Call over: Readily approaches Sociability comments: Handling Soft handling: Accepts contact- jumps up uncontrollably, difficult to relax dog, anxious Exuberant handling: Accepts contact- jumps up uncontrollably, difficult to relax dog, anxious Handling comments: Arousal Jog: Follows handler (loose, neutral), jumps on handler Arousal comments: Knock Knock Comments: No response Toy Toy comments: Grips, moves away

Summary:: According to Achilles's previous owner, he was relaxed and plays rough with the resident dogs. He is reported to be reactive toward other dogs and has bitten another dog in the past. The bite did break the skin. Due to the concerning nature of Achille's bite history and the reactivity displayed during his stay at the care center he is not an appropriate candidate for playgroup.

Summary (2):: 12/04/22: Achilles is seen digging up the kennel drain cover with his nose and teeth. This behavior is causing the dog on the other side to also become highly reactive. Another kennel was luckily available so staff moved the dog behind Achilles out to hopefully help him settle down as least temporarily until the space is needed. When the staff came back to check on him, Achilles is seen biting and grabbing onto the kennel bars and letting out high pitch frustration while doing so. 12/3/22: When the handler approaches his kennel, Achilles is standing near the front with a neutral body and rapidly wagging tail. Achilles jumps onto the kennel bars as the handler unlocks the kennel door; he focuses on treats tossed into the kennel by the handler for easy leashing and immediately pulls moderately out of the kennel. He repeatedly attempts to jump on the handler to solicit treats. The handler leads Achilles to the play yard where a drag leash is attached and he is let loose. Achilles runs around in the rain with a loose, wiggly body and high-wagging tail; the handler tosses tennis balls, which he fetches exuberantly and brings back to the handler. He then sits and drops the ball, toe-tapping in anticipation of the handler throwing the ball again. The handler trades and rotates tennis balls throughout the interaction. After a while, the handler tosses treats on the ground for Achilles to distract him while the handler re-leashes him. Achilles becomes over-aroused and tries jumping on the handler again to solicit more treats. The handler leads Achilles back to the care center where he pulls moderately on the leash and returns to his kennel without issue.

Summary (3):: 11/28/22 When handler approaches, Achilles is jumping onto kennel door. The handler tosses some treats on the floor in order to distract him. Achilles eats the treats quickly and continues to jump. Eventually the handler lassoes Achilles, being able to leash him, and proceed outside. The handler takes Achilles to the play yard where Achilles begins to wind down. His body is loose, yet his energy wasn't as high as it was in the kennel. Achilles takes treats gently and remains by the handler's side. The handler and Achilles do circles around the play yard and the handler returns Achilles to the facility after. Achilles enters his kennel with no issues. 11/27/22: Achilles is hard scratching his kennel door causing his kennel blocker to hang sideways. When handler comes in view he is panting and starts to jump on his kennel door. Handler tosses him some treats and after a few attempts handler is able to leash him. Achilles is quickly ran out of kennel room for kennel fighting neighboring dogs. At kennel room exit he begins to hard pull and lunge towards staff outside and continues to pull outside of care center. Outside of care center he quickly relieves himself and continues to hard pull on the duration of the walk. Achilles notices other dogs across the streets from him and displays a high flagging tail, ears pointed, heavy panting and lunging. Achilles is led back into Care center where he is run back into his kennel and is returned without issue. 11/21/22: Achilles standing on the kennel door wiggly body and wagging tail when handler approach. He allows handler to leash him an is ran out of kennel room to play yard. Handler attaches drag leash and he begins to run around play yard playing with tennis balls on the ground. He performs a sit and handler rewards him with treats. Handler tosses tennis ball which he eagerly chases after. After a while he allows handler to re-leash him and his taken into his kennel without issue. 11/18/22: Achilles is standing on the kennel door wagging and crying anxiously when handlers approach. He displays high energy and takes treats rapidly through the kennel bars. He is led outdoors where he relieves himself and checks in with handlers often. He performs a sit and once handlers reward him, he sits repeatedly, soliciting treats and taking them with mild force from hand. After some time he is led to the assessment room to relax and decompress. He laps up spray cheese and remains soft as handler attaches a drag leash to his collar. He eagerly engages with a variety of edible enrichment, finishing a stuffed trachea chew, a puzzle toy and snuffle mat while displaying a wagging tail and loose body. He then explores the room and accepts petting, leaning in softly. After some time he sits in the center of the room with a relaxed posture and watches handler patiently as if waiting for additional treats. After some time, he is re-leashed and led back to his kennel without issue.

Date of intake:: 10/13/2022

Summary:: Allowed handling, soft, wiggly

Date of initial:: 10/13/2022

Summary:: Shaking, timid, head shy


Recommendations:: No children (under 13),Single-pet home,Recommend no dog parks

Recommendations comments:: No children (under 13): Due to the high level of jumping and anxiety, Achilles should go to a home with older children. Single-pet home/recommended no dog parks: Due to the reactivity reported in the previous home that escalated into a bite incident and the reactivity displayed in the Care Center, we recommend for Achilles be the only dog in the home and not attend dog parks. The Behavior Department recommends that Achilles receive dog socialization sessions and be desensitized to a muzzle for walks under the supervision of a certified trainer or behaviorist.

Potential challenges: : Basic manners/poor impulse control,Bite history (dog),Anxiety,On-leash reactivity/barrier frustration

Potential challenges comments:: Basic manners/poor impulse control: Achilles repeatedly jumps on handlers for attention. He needs to learn impulse control by sitting and waiting for new people. Please see the handout on Basic manners/poor impulse control. Bite history (dog): Achilles bit a dog that lunged at him. Please see the handout on Bite History. Anxiety: Achilles is anxious in the care center and may display similar behaviors in his new home. Please see the handout on General Anxiety. On-leash reactivity/Barrier Frustration: At the care center, Achilles has been observed to react to other dogs on leash, lunging towards them, barking, and growling. Achilles may need positive reinforcement, and reward-based training to teach him to look at you rather than other dogs. We recommend a front clip harness or head halter to help manage this behavior. Please see the handout on On-leash reactivity/barrier frustration.