Cooper is a lovely boy who has been in foster for a couple of months and is really starting to understand what is expected of him within a loving home environment. He is now able to swap out stolen items for treats without any problems, he understands the word ‘No’ – although he may not always respond to it and is thriving on positive reinforcement of his improving behaviour.
Cooper does need to be rehomed in an adult only home, with one other playful, confident Beagle – ideally this would be a dog aged 2-6, who would be happy to play but is also able to put Cooper in his place. Cooper does still become destructive when bored but he is learning what he is allowed to chew and what he isn’t allowed to chew so this can also be taught in his forever home given time and consistency.
Cooper does guard from both humans and other dogs and so experience of how to deal with this behaviour is very important. His guarding is however reducing and will continue to do so with the right training.
Having been assessed thoroughly for a couple of months now, it is clear that Cooper’s unsettled start to life had left him with some behavioural issues, however, it is also very clear that all of these issues can be overcome, given the time and patience he deserves. As well as continuing with his training at home, once settled, Cooper will definitely benefit from attending a loose lead training class. This will help build his bond with his human and will ensure comfortable walks for both.
Cooper loves to go out for walks and, although he cannot go off lead, he loves the freedom of his long line in a secure field and is beginning to respond well to whistle training. He has not shown any reactivity when meeting dogs and humans outside the home. He travels very well in a crate and also sleeps soundly all night in a crate downstairs.
If you are successful in your application to adopt Cooper, you will have the full support of BW staff to ensure a smooth transition.