Cooper had been in a shelter for a few weeks. He has a history of being passed around in his rural area. The shelter suspected he had been abused in his past. He is really in need of some stability and that has begin in his foster home. He guards his resources with growling and acting like he will nip. He would do best as an only dog. He does has selective dog friends in the foster home but he will still guard his things and his foster. When he is focused on something and does not get, or he does not want to move, he can get frustrated and reactive. If he doesn't get what he wants he starts barking. Cooper has shown inconsistent behavior getting his leash or slip lead on. It seems if he is at the door and understands he is going out he is fine. Otherwise he feels threatened and growls. He is house trained, crate trained. Is said to be doggy door trained but current foster does not have a doggie door. Cooper's vet said that she thinks he wants to be good but gets confused an distracted. He started on Prozac 4 weeks ago which is helping. He does have some low back pain and mild knee issues which pain medications help. He just started taking Apoquel for itching caused from dry skin. Cooper is still worried about grooming tools so we are approaching that little by little. After 2 months in foster care it's time to start searching for the right fit for Cooper. He needs a patient adopter who will be understanding and willing to work with him. Time is the most important thing when a dog like Cooper enters a new home. He cannot be rushed to change his behavior and he needs to be allowed to "show / tell" his people what his boundaries are. Please ask to speak with Cooper's foster mom once your adoption application has been approved.
If you are interested in adopting Cooper, are an experienced dog owner, with a fenced yard, and have no children or other dogs,OR one dog who could be a teacher / leader for Cooper please respond to this post.