Animal Profile


Hello, my name is Orion. My animal id is #18811. I am a desexed male white dog at the . The shelter thinks I am about 1 years 2 weeks old.

I came into the shelter as a owner surrender on 20-Jan-2018, with the surrender reason stated as animal behaviour - aggressive to other animals.


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

Orion is at risk for behavior reasons. Orion can be nervous and fearful, and prone to resource guarding. He is reported to bark at and chase children. For these reasons, we are seeking placement only with a New Hope partner, and suggest that he be placed in a home without young children. Medically, Orion had a mild ear irritation when he arrived at the care center, which has resolved, and we now have no medical concerns for Orion.

My medical notes are...

Weight: 8.5625 lbs


[LVT Intake Exam] Microchip Scan: negative, placed 981020019926852 Evidence of Cruelty: no Observed Behavior: allows handling but tense and somewhat shut down, startled by some handling Sex: intact male Estimated Age: reported 1y Subjective: unkempt haircoat, otitis (thick pinnae with scaled d/c), seemingly healthy animal otherwise Eyes: clear Ears: otitis Oral Exam: mild staining Heart: WNL Lungs: WNL Abdomen: WNL Musculoskeletal: WNL BCS 5/9 Mentation: BARH Preliminary Assessment: seemingly healthy animal Plan: DVM intake, observe DOH hold


DVM Intake Exam Estimated age: Reported 1 year old Microchip noted on Intake? Negative scan on intake, MC placed History : Owner surrender Subjective: Alert Observed Behavior - Nervous, trembling, allows full exam Objective QAR, mm pink, BCS 5/9 EENT: Eyes clear, ears - erythematous, thickened, with brown discharge (AD>AS), no nasal or ocular discharge noted Oral Exam: moderate tartar at max canines, otherwise mild tartar PLN: No enlargements noted H/L: NSR, NMA, CRT < 2, Lungs clear, eupnic ABD: Non painful, no masses palpated U/G: Intact male, two scrotal testicles MSI: Ambulatory x 4, skin free of parasites, no masses noted, healthy hair coat CNS: Mentation appropriate - no signs of neurologic abnormalities Rectal: Externally normal Assessment: Otitis AU Prognosis: Good with treatment Plan: Ear cleaning, Osurnia AU SURGERY: Okay for surgery


S: Recheck on ears. O: Ears look healthy. Mild erythema, Non puritic. No discharge. A: Improvement in otitis P: benign neglect


Presurgical exam and sx notes: BARH BCS 4/9 - no c/s v/d observed/reported EENT: clean/clear, nsf Oral Exam: mod. tartar PLN: No enlargements noted H/L: nsf, NSR, NMA; Lungs clear, eupneic ABD: soft abdomen, no masses palpated U/G: intact male, nsf MSI: amb x 4, mild matting to coat (rec' grooming), skin free of parasites, no masses noted CNS: mentation appropriate – no signs of neurologic abnormalities Rectal: externally normal A: ok for neuter Sx Notes: Routine Neuter => prescrotal incision made, both testes exteriorized and each spermatic cord ligated with a modified Miller's knot and a simple encircling ligature using 3-0 Monocryl; testicles were excised distal to ligatures; subcutaneous/intradermal layers closed with continuous pattern using 3-0 Monocryl; green-ink tattoo placed lateral to prepuce; surgical glue applied to skin incision and over tattoo site to assist with closure


Pre Medication: Hydromorphone 2mg/mL injectable, _0.2_mL IM, once. Acepromazine 10mg/mL injectable, _0.01_mL IM, once. Venous access: Due to age, Dr. 1088 rec'd placement of an IVC. 22g IV placed in RF cephalic vessel. Induction: Telazol 10mg/mL injectable; __0.05_mL IV, once. Anesthesia notes: (Add any ET tube size, type of breathing circuit and breathing bag size here as well as notes about intraoperative emergency drugs or other notable items here) Size 6fr. ET tube placed, maintained general anesthesia throughout procedure on variable isoflurane and variable. Non rebreathing System. NSAID: Rimadyl 50mg/mL injectable, 0.15mL, SQ, once, post operatively, for post-operative pain relief. Recovery status: Recovery was uneventful. Anesthesiologist/Surgical Monitor: 0391/0992 start 0.5 carprofen 25 mg sid po x 2 days as pain management.

Details on my behavior are...

Behavior Condition: 2. Blue

Upon intake, Orion would run away and pull on the leash when I approached him as his owner held his leash. Orion allowed me to collar him and take a picture. After his owner left, Orion walked by my side without pulling. Orion allowed me to crouch down to his level and pet him on the head and along the top of his body. Orion would look at me and then look away, licking his lips twice. Orion allowed me to pick him up and place him into his kennel.

Date of Intake: 1/20/2018

Spay/Neuter Status: Unknown

Basic Information:: Orion is approximately a 1 year old male black and white small mixed breed dog. Orion lived with previous owner for about a week and was given to owner. Orion was surrendered because he bit the resident dog and because he was aggressive towards people. Orion has no injuries or health issues and has not been taken to the vet recently.

Previously lived with:: Orion previously lived with two adults and one dog.

How is this dog around strangers?: Orion is fearful and aggressive with strangers. Orion will bark, snap and growl at strangers who approach him. Orion will not allow strangers to pet him.

How is this dog around children?: Orion has previously interacted with children aged 5 and 17 years old. Orion will bark at both children and will not allow to be pet.

How is this dog around other dogs?: Orion previously lived with one male small mixed breed dog. Orion is described as being attached to the dog as he would like to sleep with him on the same bed, eat with him and play with him. Orion is described as being very pushy and dominant and has previously bitten the other dog causing a small bloody puncture wound on the mouth.

How is this dog around cats?: Orion has never interacted with cats.

Resource guarding:: Orion's previous owner has never tried to touch his food or bowl while he is eating. Orion growls when a toy, treat or object is taken away and he will begin to play tug.

Bite history:: Orion has never bitten a human but has previously bitten another dog.

Housetrained:: Yes

Energy level/descriptors:: Orion has a high energy level

Other Notes:: Orion is not bothered when being pushed or pulled off of furniture. He is also not bothered when being bathed. Orion is afraid when having his coat brushed and will bark, growl and snap. Orion will also bark, growl and snap when his nails are trimmed and when an unfamiliar approaches him and his owner.

Has this dog ever had any medical issues?: No

Medical Notes: Orion has no known medical issues.

For a New Family to Know: Orion is a playful, pushy, aloof and fearful dog. When at home, Orion will follow his owner around and likes to be in the same room as them. Orion also likes to follow around the resident dog he used to live with. Orion was kept as an indoors only dog and was taken out for slow walks on the leash in the morning. Orion was free-fed dry food everyday and is house trained to use wee-wee pads. When left home alone, Orion is left in a room with a baby gate in the door way and is well-behaved. Orion has never been walked off the leash for fear that he may run away.

Date of intake:: 1/20/2018

Spay/Neuter status:: No

Means of surrender (length of time in previous home):: Owner Surrender (In home for 1 week)

Previously lived with:: Adults and a dog

Behavior toward strangers:: Barks, snaps, and growls when approached

Behavior toward children:: Barks at them, does not allow them to pet him

Behavior toward dogs:: Playful and attached to the dog he lived with

Resource guarding:: Yes, Orion growls when a toy, treat or object is taken away.

Bite history:: Yes, Orion bit the other dog in the home when the other dog got up and walked away from him. The bite broke skin, leaving a puncture near the other dog's mouth.

Housetrained:: Yes

Energy level/descriptors:: Orion is described as playful, pushy, aloof, and fearful with a high level of activity.

Date of assessment:: 1/25/2018

Look:: 2. Dog's eyes are averted, body posture is stiff and fearful, tail is low and not moving. Dog allows head to be held loosely in Assessor's cupped hands.

Sensitivity:: 2. Dog stands still and accepts the touch, eyes are averted, tail is between legs, body stiff, mouth closed, lip long, ears likely back, may lip lick.

Tag:: 3. Dog repeatedly turns quickly away when touched, or repeatedly spins toward the touch, and repeatedly tries to exit. Dog may be crouching, tail is tucked, mouth closed, body stiff.

Paw squeeze 1:: 1. Dog gently pulls back his/her paw.

Paw squeeze 2:: 1. Dog gently pulls back his/her paw.

Flank squeeze 1:: Item not conducted

Flank squeeze 2:: Item not conducted

Toy:: 1. Minimal interest in toy, dog may smell or lick, then turns away.

Summary:: Orion approached the assessor in the assessment room but then quickly ran away. He re approached after a minute and was tense but allowed handling.

Date of intake:: 1/20/2018

Summary:: Orion ran away from the counselor at first, then was tense but allowed handling.

Date of initial:: 1/20/2018

Summary:: Orion was tense but allowed handling.

ENERGY LEVEL:: Orion's previous owner described him as having a high level of activity. We recommend long-lasting chews, food puzzles, and hide-and-seek games, in additional to physical exercise, to positively direct his energy and enthusiasm.


Behavior Asilomar: TM - Treatable-Manageable

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

Recommendations comments:: No children: Due to Orion's history of barking at and staying away from children, we recommend an adult only home. Place with a New Hope partner: Due to all noted concerns displayed in a home environment, the behavior department recommends Orion 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 Orion to acclimate comfortably to his new environment; force-free, reward based training only is advised when introducing Orion to new and unfamiliar situations. Consultation with a professional trainer/behaviorist is highly recommended for guidance to safely manage/modify any behavior Orion presents with outside of the care centers.

Potential challenges: : Resource guarding,Fearful/potential for defensive aggression

Potential challenges comments:: Resource guarding: Orion's previous owner reported that he will growls when a toy, treat, or object is taken from him. For this reason, we advise against ever removing items from Orion's possession without safely trading for an item or greater or equal value. Guidance from a professional trainer/behaviorist is highly recommended to aid in safely managing/modifying this behavior in a new home environment. Fearful/potential for defensive aggression: Orion's previous owner reported that he will growl and snap at people who approach him. It is important to always go slow and give Orion the option to walk away from any social interaction. Orion should never be forced to approach anything that he is uncomfortable with or to submit to petting or handling. It should always be Orion’s choice to approach a new person or thing. Orion would do best in an initially calm and quiet home environment and should be given time to acclimate to his new surroundings.