Animal Profile


Hello, my name is Timmy. My animal id is #139876. I am a desexed male black dog at the . The shelter thinks I am about 10 months 2 weeks old.

I came into the shelter as a owner surrender on 4/23/2022, with the surrender reason stated as not a fit - too big.


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

Timmy is in need of emergency placement for behavior concerns. While Timmy has been social with select handlers, he has been highly anxious and he has become difficult to remove and return to his kennel safely due to his leash biting. Medically, Timmy is apparently healthy.

You may know me from such films as...

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

This pet needs emergency placement. Please click here to go to our emergency placement page for more information. Timmy was surrendered to the Care Center due to landlord issues and allergies. While Timmy has been social with select handlers and staff, he remains highly anxious and difficult to remove and return to his kennel for walks due to his leash biting. He has been unable to settle or focus during his stay and is beginning to deteriorate. Timmy's previous owner reported that he likes to play with toys such as balls, stuffed toys, squeaky toys, and chews/bones. He enjoys various games such as fetch. Timmy also enjoys apples, bananas, mango, and peanut butter-flavored treats. Timmy will need time to decompress in an adult-only home. What my friends at ACC say about me: I will flourish in a calm environment and a low-traffic home. I would do best in a home with only adult humans. I can be slow to adjust to new environments. I prefer to take things at my own pace. I am playful and cute! I will need daily physical activity to keep me healthy and happy! I am really treat motivated. You can use treats to teach me new things! I don't always like to share my food, toys or bedding with other animals.

My medical notes are...

Weight: 48.2 lbs


Starting trazodone 7.5 mg/kg PO q12h indefinitely based on an estimated weight of 50 lbs


DVM Intake Exam Estimated age: 9 months Microchip noted on Intake? negative History:owner surrender Subjective:owner surrender Observed Behavior -friendly Evidence of Cruelty seen -none Evidence of Trauma seen -none Objective BARH very friendly P = WNL R = WNL BCS 5/9 EENT: Eyes clear, ears clean, no nasal or ocular discharge noted Oral Exam:clean adult dentition rubbed nose PLN: No enlargements noted H/L: NSR, NMA, CRT < 2, Lungs clear, eupnic ABD: Non painful, no masses palpated U/G:scrotal testes MSI: Ambulatory x 4, skin free of parasites, no masses noted, healthy hair coat CNS: Mentation appropriate - no signs of neurologic abnormalities Rectal:not performed Assessment healthy "cage nose" Prognosis: Plan: ok for adoption SURGERY: Okay for surgery


Increase Trazodone to 10mg/kg PO BID and start Clonidine 0.02mg/kg PO BID for persistent persistent signs of FAS


Adding gabapentin 10 mg/kg PO q12h indefinitely for continued management of FAS


Pre-Op Exam History: Intake 4/28/2022: Owner surrender, clinically healthy. Trazodone started. 5/3: Increased trazodone 5/10: Started gabapentin Today, 5/17: Surgery scheduled Subjective: BAR, no coughing/sneezing/vomiting/diarrhea Objective: Eyes: Clear bilaterally, no discharge Nasal Cavity: No nasal discharge. Lungs: Eupneic Musculoskeletal: Ambulatory x 4 with no appreciable lameness. BCS = 5/9 Neuro: Appropriate mentation. Assessment: Clinically healthy Prognosis: Good Plan: -Okay for surgery -Continue trazodone 10 mg/kg PO q12h indefinitely -Continue gabapentin 10 mg/kg PO q12h indefintely


Dog Neuter Was this dog a cryptorchid? No Scrotal Incision Spermatic Cord Ligation with: 0 PDS, two millers knots Sub Q closure: 0 PDS, simple interrupted Vetwrap and ice pack applied to scrotum during recovery to assist in hemostasis Green linear tattoo placed on ventrum

Details on my behavior are...

Behavior Condition: 1. Green

During intake, Timmy had very high energy outside and would often try to jump on staff. He had a loose wiggly body until staff attempted to take him into his kennel. Timmy then became nervous, tucked his tail between his legs, and thrashed on leash until he became loose. After becoming loose, he stood still and slowly approached behavior staff member Michaela when she offered him treats. Timmy was then able to be led into his kennel without any further issues.

Date of Intake: 4/23/2022

Spay/Neuter Status: Not Applicable

Basic Information:: Timmy is a nine month old, unaltered male, black medium mixed breed. His owner adopted him from a stranger and kept him in the home for seven months. He was surrendered due to his high energy as well as his size which has conflicted with her residential pet policies. He has no known health concerns.

Previously lived with:: 2 adults, 1 child

How is this dog around strangers?: He is often described as friendly/outgoing; plays exuberantly and somewhat rough with adults.

How is this dog around children?: He lived with a four year old child and was often described as relaxed and playful; plays exuberantly and somewhat rough with children.

How is this dog around other dogs?: None.

How is this dog around cats?: None.

Resource guarding:: He is known to growl whenever his food/bowl is touched while eating. He remains friendly whenever a toy is taken away from him. Owner has never tried to take a treat away while he is eating; resource guarding concerns is unknown.

Bite history:: None.

Housetrained:: Yes

Energy level/descriptors:: High

Other Notes:: Timmy will remain friendly whenever he is given a bath and whenever someone unfamiliar approaches the home or owner. He is not bothered if he is pushed/pulled off furniture and whenever he is disturbed while sleeping/resting. He is known to become afraid whenever he has his nails trimmed/feet touched. Owner has never tried to brush his coat or hold/restrain him; behavior is unknown.

Has this dog ever had any medical issues?: No

Medical Notes: None.

For a New Family to Know: Timmy is often described as a friendly, affectionate, playful, confident, excitable, and independent dog with a very high activity level. His previous owner loved how protective he was, how sweet he was towards her son, and how he always knew when someone wasn't feeling good. When you're home, he often tends to follow you around, be in the same room as you, or he will lounge in a favorite spot. He likes to play with toys such as balls, stuffed toys, squeaky toys, and chews/bones. He enjoys games such as fetch. wresting, and tug of war. Timmy has been kept mostly indoors and is house trained; accustomed to going potty on training pads. In his previous home, he was fed both wet and dry Pedigree brand puppy food 3x a day; amount unknown. His favorite treats to eat are apples, bananas, mango, and peanut butter flavored treats. He is known to bark/whine whenever he is left alone at home; has never been left in a yard. He has been crate trained before but does not do well. For exercise, he is used to both slow and brisk walks on leash. He is known to pull lightly while being leashed and if he is let off leash, he will wander some but comes when called.

Date of intake:: 4/23/2022

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

Previously lived with:: 2 adults, 1 child (four year old)

Behavior toward strangers:: Friendly and outgoing

Behavior toward children:: Relaxed and playful with resident child

Behavior toward dogs:: Unknown

Behavior toward cats:: Unknown

Resource guarding:: Will growl when his food bowl is touched

Bite history:: None reported

Housetrained:: Yes

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

Other Notes:: Timmy has been kept mostly indoors and is house trained; accustomed to going potty on training pads He is known to bark/whine whenever he is left alone at home

Date of assessment:: 4/27/2022

Summary:: Leash Walking Strength and pulling: Hard Reactivity to humans: None Reactivity to dogs: None Leash walking comments: Sociability Loose in room (15-20 seconds): Highly social, loose Call over: Approaches readily, loose Sociability comments: Handling Soft handling: Accepts contact, loose Exuberant handling: Accepts contact, loose Handling comments: Whining slightly throughout Arousal Jog: Follows, neutral-loose Arousal comments: Knock Knock Comments: No response Toy Toy comments: Minimal interest

Summary:: According to Timmy's previous owner, he was not introduced to other dogs while in their care. So his past behavior with other dogs is unknown. 4/27: When off leash at the Care Center, Timmy is introduced to a novel female dog. He is initially wary but does approach with coaxing from handlers. Leashes are held and the gate is opened to give Timmy the opportunity to approach on his own. Timmy and the female initially ignore each other as they wander the pen, but when the female is in close proximity, she solicits play but quickly overwhelms Timmy. He does quickly snap in a warning and the female is walked away to allow Timmy to decompress. Timmy shales off and stays close to handlers.

Summary (2):: 5/9: Timmy continues to attempt to push his way out when being leashed. He remains social with familiar handlers but is still highly anxious and unable to settle. In the yard, Timmy engages in play and seeks attention but quickly becomes mouthy and jumps on handlers persistently. When being returned to his kennel, Timmy balks but follows treats back in. Once in the kennel, he bites and pulls the handler's lead but quickly releases when offered treats.

Summary (3):: 5/6: Timmy was at the front of his kennel whining when approached. He is easily leashed and is taken for a walk. Timmy pulls on and off but does become fearful when passing strangers or a car speeds by. Timmy shakes off and slowly recovers once away from the noise and briefly rubs himself against the handler, seeking attention. Once the walk is over, Timmy returns to his kennel and bites the lead. He lets go when offered treats. 5/5 When approaching Timmy in the kennel he is laying towards the back, he readily approaches the front when he sees the handler, loose-bodied. Timmy is easily leashed and walked out, in the play yard a drag leash is attached and he is allowed to wander. Timmy zoomies around the pens and relieves himself right away. Afterward, he approaches the handler, seeking attention, jumping up throughout through maintaining a loose body. Timmy practices cues "Sit" and "Down", and he then engages with toy items briefly. Timmy prefers to stay close to the handler throughout the session, leaning in and seeking attention. When a second handler enters the pen, Timmy begins jumping up at them throughout. After some time, he is leashed and led back to his kennel. Once at his kennel, Timmy initially puts on the brakes though jumps up in for treats. Timmy then turns and grabs the leash though lets go when the handler trades for food. 5/4: Timmy was high-pitched barking when approached. He displays a loose body and accepts treats with a semi-soft mouth. He begins jumping on the kennel door becoming increasingly more anxious. When the handler attempts to leash him, Timmy tried to push past the handler through the kennel door opening. He is offered treats and he accepts and is then leashed. Timmy is taken for a walk but is uncomfortable and easily startled by construction. The handler brings him to the play yard after the walk and Timmy engages in play with tennis balls. Once the session is over, Timmy begins leash biting once the handler places the lead on him. he is refocused with treats and readily follows the handler back into the building. Once in front of his kennel, Timmy balks and begins leash biting, climbing higher towards the handler's hand. He does not take treats and continues to jump up, bite, and escalate to thrashing and alligator rolling, making it difficult for the handler to put him back in the kennel. Timmy does bite the handler's finger while thrashing but does not break the skin; only leaves red raised skin. Once in the kennel, Timmy latches onto the lead and pulls it into his kennel. The handler uses high-value treats to lure Timmy away from the lead but he quickly returns to biting and pulling it in once the handler attempts to remove him.

Summary (4):: 5/3/22- Timmy was barking, wagging, and panting anxiously when the handler approached. He fixated on the handler's leash, watching it in the handler's hand. Handler offered treats and he took them briefly then ignored them, focusing on the leash again. He allowed the handler to leash him, mouthing the leash only briefly with slight pressure and quickly giving up once leashed. Outside he pulled on the leash moderately, alternating between tucking his tail/ darting away from car noises and turning toward the handler and jumping up muzzle punching the handler's hand and gently mouthing the leash. On quieter blocks he became more relaxed, walking more slowly and darting less with a looser tail. He pulled moderately returning to the building. his kennel. He was coaxed into the kennel with treats and once he stepped inside, he turned around to grab the handler's leash. He latched on but immediately dropped it when the handler did not pull back / or apply opposite force to the leash. Once he let go, he allowed the handler to easily withdraw the leash from the kennel and took treats when the kennel door was closed. 4/27/22- Timmy was standing at the front of his kennel with a loose body and soft wag when handlers approached. He gently took treats through the bars from one handler while allowing a second handler to leash him. Handlers led him to the pens where he was initially cautious but remained soft while being collared. Once collared, he walked around the yard sniffing and approached handlers with a wiggling body each time he was called. He leaned into handlers, rubbing his back and face against their legs and leaning into pets. He sat for pictures and waited for treats, taking them gently. Upon returning to the room, he stopped outside of the door and pulled backward. Handlers attempted to coax him with a variety of high-value treats but ultimately had to jog him into his kennel.

Date of intake:: 4/23/2022

Summary:: High energy, but became fearful and thrash when a slip lead was placed on him

IN SHELTER OBSERVATIONS:: 4/27: Upon returning Timmy to his kennel, he does balk in front of the kennel but slowly walks in when offered high-value treats. Once the handler begins to remove the lead, Timmy bites and pulls on it a few times; each time he bites and releases to readjust his hold. The handler lets the lead fall and Timmy releases and jumps on the kennel door. 4/26 (1) Timmy chewed clean through a handler's lead when returned to his kennel. (2) Timmy was observed to chew on the handle of his water bowl and kennel bars when highly anxious. (3) Later on in the day, a handler is able to remove Timmy from the kennel and moves him to a large one. Once in the kennel, as the handler removes the lead, Timmy latches onto the lead and pulls it into the kennel. the handler lets the lead go and Timmy drops it. He then jumps onto the kennel door and the handler is able to remove it without further issue.


Recommendations:: No children (under 13)

Recommendations comments:: No children (under 13): Due to Timmy's overall level of fear and anxiety observed in the care center, we feel as though he would be best set up to succeed if placed into an adult only home.

Potential challenges: : Resource guarding,Handling/touch sensitivity,Fearful,Anxiety,Leash-biting

Potential challenges comments:: Timmy is reported to growl when his food bowl is touched, please see handout on Resource Guarding. Timmy has been observed to be somewhat fearful in the care center, startling easily upon loud noises or sudden movements, please see handout on Decompression. Timmy has been observed to thrash and flail at times when being walked, seemingly uncomfortable when he feels tension on the lead. Additionally, he has been observed to grab and tug at his leash during these instances as well. Please see handout on Leash Manners as well Handling Sensitivity. Timmy has been observed to be anxious in the care centers, panting, whining and pacing. His owner described him as an anxious dog, but did not give details on how the anxiety manifested. If Timmy displays anxious behavior in his future home, we recommend puzzle toys, long walks, and giving him other things to focus on to alleviate his anxiety. Please see the handout on Generalized Anxiety.