Animal Profile

Baby Matt

Hello, my name is Baby Matt. My animal id is #30553. I am a desexed male black dog at the . The shelter thinks I am about 1 years 1 months old.

I came into the shelter as a owner surrender on 07-Jun-2018, with the surrender reason stated as person circumstance- landlord won't allow.


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

Baby Matt is at risk due to his extreme fearfulness in the care center. He is obviously terrified and spends much of his time staring at the wall in his kennel, but has never displayed any tendencies towards aggression as a result. We are recommending he be placed in an experienced dog home with no young children. Medically, the kennel stress aside, Baby Matt presents as a healthy dog.

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My medical notes are...

Weight: 33.8 lbs


DVM Intake Exam Estimated age: ~1yr based on PE Microchip noted on Intake? scanned negative by LVT on intake. MC placed on intake. History : Surrendered by O due to too many animals in home Subjective / Observed Behavior - BAR, prefers to crouch for exam. Whale-eyed, ears low, tail tucked between legs. Stiff throughout exam. Allowed all handling. Evidence of Cruelty seen - none Evidence of Trauma seen - none Objective BCS 5/9 EENT: Eyes clear, ears clean, no nasal or ocular discharge noted Oral Exam: dc 0/5; pd 0/5 -- could not fully evaluate due to muzzle in place PLN: No enlargements noted H/L: No murmur ausculted; CRT < 2, Lungs clear, eupnic ABD: Non painful, no masses palpated U/G: intact male. testicles are smooth and symmetrical MSI: Ambulatory x 4, skin free of parasites, no masses noted, healthy hair coat CNS: Mentation appropriate - no signs of neurologic abnormalities Rectal: grossly normal. Assessment apparently healthy fearful Prognosis: good. Plan: trazodone 100mg tablet -- Give 1 tablet PO q12h x 7 days SURGERY: Okay for surgery


Pt scheduled for neuter today. This morning pt is reverse sneezing, sniffling, sneezing and has mild serous nasal discharge. A: Likely CIRDC P: Do not neuter; move to isolation -Start doxycycline 150 mg PO SID x14 days -Start Cerenia 30 mg PO SID x4 days 1088


[Spay/Neuter Waiver - Upper Respiratory Illness] Your newly adopted animal is in treatment for an upper respiratory illness. The veterinarian is temporarily waiving this animal from the spay/neuter requirements of the City of NY until such time as the illness has resolved and the pet has sufficiently recovered. At that time, this animal must come into compliance with the spay/neuter requirements.

Details on my behavior are...

Behavior Condition: 3. Yellow

Baby Matt was stiff bodied apon arrival. He hid behind the owner, as his body was shaking. We used food to get Baby Matt more comfortable with us, as we tried to direct him to his kennel. Baby Matt was uninterested in the food we provided for him, which led him to remain frozen in the hallway. He allowed some handling, and we were able to capture a photo of him. He allowed us to pick him u and place him in a kennel.

Date of Intake: 6/7/2018

Basic Information:: Baby Matt is a 1 year old male, medium mix breed dog. He his black, brown, with a patch of white on his stomach. Owner had Baby Matt for about 1 year and 6 months. Owner could longer keep Baby Matt because of too many dogs in the home.

Previously lived with:: 2 Adults, 4 Large Breed Dogs

How is this dog around strangers?: Baby Matt is friendly and outgoing around strangers. Baby Matt likes to jump on anyone he greets, and also sniffs anyone he meets. Baby Matt is sometimes shy, but will warm up once he gets to know you.

How is this dog around children?: Baby Matt had very few interactions with children. Owner would have family come over the house, including young children. Baby Matt is relaxed and playful around young children.

How is this dog around other dogs?: Baby Matt lived with 4 other dogs. Baby Matt is very playful and gentle with the other dogs he lived with.

How is this dog around cats?: Baby Matt has not lived with any cats.

Resource guarding:: Baby Matt is not bothered when owner touches food bowl while eating.

Bite history:: Baby Matt has never bitten a person or animal.

Housetrained:: Partially

Energy level/descriptors:: Medium energy level

Other Notes:: Baby Matt barks while owner is sleeping or resting. Baby Matt is not bothered when owner gives him a bath or when he needs to be brushed.

Has this dog ever had any medical issues?: No

Medical Notes: Baby Matts' medical history is unknown. Owner has not taken him to a vet.

For a New Family to Know: Baby Matt is very playful and friendly when he gets to know you. He likes to look outside windows. Baby Matt likes to play tug with a rope toy. Baby Matt was mostly kept in doors, and he is partially house trained. Baby Matt doesn't know any commands besides, "calm down", as his owner would tell him often, due to him being energetic. Baby Matt is well behaved when left alone. Baby Matt usually goes to do potty, on news papers, and rarely has accidents. When taken on walks, he pulls lightly on leash. Baby Matts' owner gave milk bones as treats and also gave peanut butter on a slice of bread.

Date of intake:: 6/7/2018

Spay/Neuter status:: No

Means of surrender (length of time in previous home):: Owner Surrender (In home for 1.5 years)

Previously lived with:: Adults and 4 large dogs

Behavior toward strangers:: Friendly, sometimes shy but warms up quickly

Behavior toward children:: Relaxed and playful

Behavior toward dogs:: Playful and gentle

Resource guarding:: None reported

Bite history:: None reported

Housetrained:: Partially

Energy level/descriptors:: Baby Matt is described as very playful and friendly with a medium level of activity.

Date of assessment:: 6/10/2018

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:: 2. Dog is fearful but unresponsive when touched. Approaches the Assessor when the game ends. Dog is likely crouching, may have a long lip or lip lick.

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. No interest.

Summary:: Baby Matt did not approach the assessor but allowed the assessor to approach him. He was tense and aloof throughout the assessment but allowed all handling.

Summary:: Baby Matt has mostly displayed fearful behavior when introduced to dogs in the care center, with some minimal interest in approach or greeting. Baby Matt should be given time to decompress, with any future introductions being conducted only to respectful dogs.

Summary (1):: 6/8: When introduced off leash to a female greeter dog, Baby Matt is fearful and keeps mostly to himself, offering a lip curl for forward approach.

Summary (2):: 6/9-11: Baby Matt remains fearful and shaking during an interaction with male and female dogs. He tolerates polite greetings today.

Date of intake:: 6/7/2018

Summary:: Baby Matt was tense, trembling, and hiding. He allowed some handling.

Date of initial:: 6/8/2018

Summary:: Baby Matt was tense, whale eyed, and had a tucked tail, but allowed handling.

ENERGY LEVEL:: Baby Matt is described as having a medium level of activity.

BEHAVIOR DETERMINATION:: EXPERIENCE (suitable for an adopter with some previous dog experience, especially with the behaviors outlined below)

Behavior Asilomar: TM - Treatable-Manageable

Recommendations:: No young children (under 5)

Recommendations comments:: No young children: Due to the behavior seen in the care center, we feel that Baby Matt may be intimidated by young children. He needs a slow approach and time to warm up. He should never be forced to interact with new people, and should be allowed to greet and initiate an interaction at his own pace. Older, gentle children should have an in-depth interaction prior to adoption.

Potential challenges: : House soiling,Fearful

Potential challenges comments:: House soiling: Baby Matt is noted to have accidents in the house, and will likely need guidance with house training. We recommend positive reinforcement, reward-based training only. Fearful: Baby Matt is reported to be shy with new people. At the care center, he has been fearful. It is important to always go slow and give Baby Matt the option to walk away from any social interaction. Baby Matt should never be forced to approach anything that he is uncomfortable with or to submit to petting or handling. It should always be Baby Matt’s choice to approach a new person or thing. Baby Matt would do best in an initially calm and quiet home environment and should be given time to acclimate to his new surroundings.