Animal Profile


Hello, my name is Max. My animal id is #125433. I am a desexed male tan dog at the Manhattan Animal Care Center. The shelter thinks I am about 2 years 1 months 1 weeks old.

I came into the shelter as a owner surrender on 10/4/2021, with the surrender reason stated as animal behavior - aggressive to other animals.


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

Max is on emergency placement for behavioral reasons. Max is reactive toward other dogs, and is highly anxious in the care center. He has displayed the potential to become overly excited when engaged with handlers, to the point of mouthing hard and leaving bruising. Medically, Max is apparently healthy.

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<a href="">This animal needs emergency placement. Please click here to go to our emergency placement page for more information.</a><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. 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="">Pre-Screener Form</a> <br /><br /> Max is on emergency placement for behavioral reasons. Max is reactive toward other dogs and is highly anxious in the care center. He has displayed the potential to become overly excited when engaged with handlers, to the point of mouthing hard and leaving bruising. Medically, Max is apparently healthy. Max was brought into the care center as an owner surrender. He is reported to be playful in the home. As per his former owner, Max knows how to sit, lay down and give paw with hand signals, and is also crate trained. He appears to be conditioned to wear a basket muzzle. Max's previous owner has noted him to become reactive, lunge, and snap toward other dogs, as well as select strangers on bikes and skateboards. In one instance, Max had bitten his owner on the hand when they attempted to block Max from an approaching dog. In the care center, Max has appeared highly anxious, though has displayed some social behavior toward handlers he has met. Max has been observed to become highly mouthy and exuberant, to the point of leaving bruising when being handled by a staff member. Max would succeed best in an experienced, adult-only home with no other animals. He would benefit from additional positive reinforcement and careful management in his future home.

My medical notes are...

Weight: 55 lbs


DVM Intake Exam Estimated age: 1-2 years based on the condition of teeth and eyes Microchip noted on Intake? Negative History: Owner surrender; has behavioral issues Subjective: BAR H pink 1 sec Observed Behavior - hard bark; bit the technician but did not break skin; high energy Evidence of Cruelty seen - No Evidence of Trauma seen - No Objective P = 60hr R = panting BCS 4/9 EENT: Eyes clear, ears clean, no nasal or ocular discharge noted Oral Exam: NSF PLN: No enlargements noted H/L: NSR, NMA, CRT < 2, Lungs clear, eupneic ABD: Non painful, no masses palpated U/G: MC MSI: Ambulatory x 4, skin free of parasites, no masses noted, healthy hair coat CNS: Mentation appropriate - no signs of neurologic abnormalities Assessment Apparently healthy Prognosis: Good Plan: Dog sedation: Using 0.8ml dexmedetomidine (500mcg/ml) and 0.8ml butorphanol (10mg/ml) IM Reversed with Antisedan- 0.8 ml IM Intake procedures trazadone- 100mg sig: 1 1/4 tab po q 12 hrs


S: Barking at front of kennel O: Mild seromucoid nasal discharge. No coughing or sneezing. A: CIRDC P: Isolate. Treat with doxycycline 250 mg PO SID x10 days. 1088


Per Dr. 1657, sedated with Dexmedetomidine 0.5 mg/ml 0.8 ml IM and Butorphanol 10 mg/ml 0.8 ml IM at 10:11am; reversed with Atipamezole 5 mg/ml 0.8 ml IM

Details on my behavior are...

Behavior Condition: 4. Orange

Date of Intake: 10/4/2021

Previously lived with:: 1 Adult

How is this dog around strangers?: Max is described to be friendly with strangers when comfortable. He may or may not bark at new strangers when they approach him. Max will also jump on new people if excited.

How is this dog around children?: No children in previous home.

How is this dog around other dogs?: Max will lunge, growl and hard bark at other dogs.

How is this dog around cats?: No cats in previous home.

Resource guarding:: Max is not bothered when the owner touches the food or bowl while eating. Max will try to snap if the owner takes away a toy (becomes playful), treat or bone.

Bite history:: Max last bit the owner two weeks ago. The owner stated he Max when to lunge at another dog on his walk, and Max redirected his energy to the owner.

Housetrained:: Yes

Energy level/descriptors:: Very High

Other Notes:: Max usually feels comfortable when the owner gets in the bath with him. Max will tense up when his behind is touched during a bath.

Has this dog ever had any medical issues?: Yes

Medical Notes: Pimple/bump on his right side.

For a New Family to Know: Max is friendly, affectionate and playful. Max has a high energy level and enjoys chewing/playing with bottles. Max is crate trained and goes to sleep inside the crate or on his dog bed. Max is fed Science Diet Chicken wet or dry food 3x a day. Max will have looser stool if given too much wet food. Max is house trained and rarely has accidents in the home. On walks, which is usually in the night, Max goes potty on the grass, cement or dirt. Max knows how to sit, lay down and give paw with hand signals. Max will pull very hard on the leash.

Date of intake:: 10/4/2021

Spay/Neuter status:: No

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

Previously lived with:: An adult

Behavior toward strangers:: Friendly, sometimes barks, may lunge and snap toward select strangers

Behavior toward dogs:: Lunges, growls, hard barks

Resource guarding:: Yes, Max will snap if toys, treats, or bones are taken from him.

Bite history:: Yes, Max bit his owner when he was reacting to another dog. The owner pulled him away and he bit him, resulting in minor broken skin. Max bit a medical handler that walked by him during exam, lunging, biting their arm, and leaving bruising.

Housetrained:: Yes

Energy level/descriptors:: Max is described as friendly, affectionate and playful with a very high level of activity.

Date of assessment:: 10/5/2021

Summary:: Leash Walking Strength and pulling: Hard Reactivity to humans: None Reactivity to dogs: Pulls toward, barks Leash walking comments: None Sociability Loose in room (15-20 seconds): Moderately social – solicits attention but also explores room Call over: Approaches readily Sociability comments: Approaches handlers, jumps up socially, becomes anxious and distracted Soft handling: Tolerates contact – not relaxed Exuberant handling: Tolerates contact – not relaxed Comments: Allows handling, anxious, spinning around Arousal Jog: Follows handler Arousal comments: Anxious, follows Knock Knock comments: Pulls toward, barks Toy Toy comments: Firm grip, loose

Summary:: 10/5: When greeting a novel female dog at the fence, Max has a loose body and wagging tail. When a dog in the yard barks at him, he lunges and hard barks at the dog.

Date of intake:: 10/4/2021

Summary:: Jumping up, social, mothing

Date of initial:: 10/5/2021

Summary:: Jumped up, snapped at handler, bruised arm

ENERGY LEVEL:: Max is described by his previous owner as having a high level of energy, and will need daily mental and physical activity to keep him engaged and exercised. We recommend long-lasting chews, food puzzles, and hide-and-seek games in additional to physical exercise to positively direct his energy and enthusiasm.


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

Recommendations comments:: No children: Due to Max's observed anxiety and reactivity, we recommend an adult-only home. Single-pet home: Max is reported by his previous owner to become reactive toward other dogs. We recommend a single dog home and that Max be muzzled in areas of high dog traffic. Due to all noted concerns, the behavior department recommends Max 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 him to acclimate comfortably to his new environment. Force-free, reward based training is advised when introducing Max to new and unfamiliar situations. Consultation with a professional trainer/behaviorist is highly recommended for guidance to safely manage/modify any behavior he presents with outside of the care centers.

Potential challenges: : Bite history (human),Resource guarding,Social hyperarousal,Mouthiness/poor bite inhibition,Fearful/potential for defensive aggression,Anxiety,On-leash reactivity/barrier frustration

Potential challenges comments:: Resource guarding: Max is reported to snap if his food or treats are taken away from him. Please see handout on Resource Guarding. Fearful/potential for defensive aggression: Max is reported to become reactive toward select strangers. Please see handout on Fearful and Defensive Aggression. Anxiety: Max has displayed a high level of anxiety in the care center, often whining, becoming unsettled, and seeking exit from spaces. Please see handout on Anxiety. On-leash reactivity: Max is reported to lunge and bark at other dogs, as well as some select strangers. He has also been noted to react badly to scooters and bikes. Please see handout on On-leash Reactivity. Bite history: Please see handout on Bite History. Max has previously bitten his owner on the hand when they placed their body between Max and another dog he was reacting to. Mouthiness/poor bite inhibition: Max has been mouthy with handlers, applying moderate-hard pressure. In one instance, he hard mouthed a person's arm when the person was walking past him and this left a bruise. Please see handout on Mouthiness. Social hyperarousal: Max is quick jump up and mouth people. He will become easily aroused and lunge towards people excitedly, in one instance grabbing and bruising a person's arm. Please see handout on Arousal.