Cooper is a little guy with a big personality! He is a real character. He is seven years old, but still acts like a young dog. He is sweet and cuddly, and can even be quite pushy about getting loving! If he wants to be petted, he will let you know by pushing his head up into your hand. He loves people and likes to play with other dogs.
Cooper gets along with cats and he can get along with other dogs in most situations. He can be a pushy and assertive little guy, but is slowly learning good doggie manners. When he arrived at his foster home, he would push his way in front of the other dogs to be petted and try to steal treats from them. He also used to growl/snark at the resident dogs if they came near him when there was a gate or x-pen between them. Now he is learning to wait his turn for pets and treats. He is also learning to overcome his barrier aggression issue.
Cooper absolutely LOVES food and he dances around excitedly when it's feeding time. If he lives with other dogs, he will need to be fed separately, behind a gate or in an x-pen, because he is possessive of his food bowl with other dogs (but not people) and will growl if they approach while he is eating. Cooper would do best with other dogs who are very laid back and tolerant of pushy dogs.
Why does Cooper act like this? We don't have a lot of information about his background, but what we do know provides some limited insight. Cooper came into BRAT from a hoarding situation. We can imagine that there must have been extreme competition for food and affection, so he had to be pushy to get what he wanted and he had to act scary to protect himself as he saw fit. He is generally not aggressive to people and will approach strangers readily. However, he has growled when his foster picked him up to put him in his x-pen (where he doesn't want to go) or to go outside to go potty in the rain. He also nipped her when she startled him by unexpectedly picking him up right after he first came into BRAT. She has been teaching him that being picked up is a good thing by cuddling him and talking sweet nonsense to him (which he likes) for a few seconds before doing anything else.
Did I mention that Cooper still acts like a young dog? Well, he loves to chew. He needs to be provided appropriate things to chew, such as Nylabones or Kong toys. If he becomes bored, anxious, or frustrated, he will resort to chewing on inappropriate things like blankets, dog beds, pillows, and plastic containers if they are available to him. His foster keeps him in the kitchen during the day with plenty of chew toys when she is at work so that he doesn't get into trouble chewing up things like the drapes or the dogs' toy box.
Cooper does not like being confined, probably due to his experiences before BRAT. He cannot be crated. He gets very upset and anxious if crated. His foster tried putting him in a larger enclosure like an x-pen when she goes to work, but this crafty boy has figured out how to climb out of the x-pen. He will tolerate being confined to a smaller room when left alone, like in the kitchen with a baby gate. The baby gate needs to be tall enough and designed in a way that he cannot climb or jump it.
Cooper is a real cuddler! He loves being cuddled up with a person, whether on a couch, in a chair or in a bed. He will curl up on top of the foster while she lies on the couch watching TV. He started out sleeping in an x-pen next to the bed at night, but has learned enough doggie manners to now sleep in his foster's bed with the other dogs. He burrows his way under the covers and curls up next to the foster.
Cooper sometimes limps when he is running around. He has luxating patellas in both back legs and hip dysplasia. He has been evaluated by a specialist who said surgery is not recommended at this time. A joint supplement helps him feel better. His adopter will need to be committed to continuing his joint supplement and be prepared for the possibility he will need surgery in the future. He also has somewhat impaired vision due to immature cataracts in both eyes, causing him to bump into things periodically.
If you think you could provide Cooper with love, activity, and evening cuddle time, please read the data sheet below carefully, complete the BRAT adoption form (if you have not previously done so) and contact the BRAT coordinator, Deborah Hughes.
The coordinator's link will take you to a form that will ask you your name, email address, the city and state you live in, why this dog is perfect for your family, a typical day in your household, and, if applicable, how you plan to transport Cooper.
There is an adoption fee of $300.00 for Cooper. This fee is used for the extensive costs associated with vetting and otherwise caring for Cooper and future Basenjis in rescue. BRAT adopters receive a dog that has been spayed or neutered, fully vaccinated, treated for fleas and internal worms if necessary, DNA tested for Fanconi syndrome (dogs under 10), and heartworm tested. Our dogs get recommended dental work. Seniors over 10 get a senior panel. When indicated, we test our dogs for thyroid deficiencies. They are also temperament evaluated. In addition, BRAT provides free lifetime post-adoption counseling to help deal with behavioral or health issues. Finally, we provide a free lifetime identification tag connected to our "lost dog" toll free number.
Dog is a: Purebred
Dog's name: Cooper
Dog is currently in: Illinois
Birth date: 11/15/2010
Color: Tri-color (Trindle)
Weight: 17 pounds
HEALTH INFORMATION, VACCINATIONS AND MEDICAL TESTS
DHLP: Yes (1 year), 05/11/2017
Rabies: Yes (1 year), 05/16/17
Rabies certificate: Yes (Missouri)
Bordetella: Yes (1 year), 03/02/2017
Fecal: Yes, 11/15/2017
Fecal test comments: Negative
Heartworm: Yes, 04/27/2017, Negative
Regular heartworm given: Advantage Multi for dogs 9.1-20 pounds.
DNA test for Fanconi: Carrier
Other tests: Found to have tapeworms on 05/20/2017 and treated for them.
Other medical issues: Cooper has luxating patellas in both back legs and hip dysplasia. Surgery is not recommended at this time. He is on a joint supplement (Synovi G4). He also has immature cataracts in both eyes, which have somewhat impaired his vision, causing him to bump into things periodically.
Eating schedule: 3X Day (because one of the foster's resident dogs needs this feeding schedule)
Type of food: Dry
Brand(s) of food: Fromm 4-Star Whitefish and Potato formula.
Begs for food: Yes
Food dislikes: None
Favorite foods: All
Feeding instructions: Must eat supervised or separated from other dogs – he will try to steal food from other dogs and will resource-guard his food bowl from other dogs while he is eating.
Temperament description: Cooper is a sweet, cuddly, but pushy little guy. He will jump up and push his head under your hand to be petted. He also used to push his way in front of the other dogs to be petted but is learning to wait his turn. He loves to chew. He will chew on Nylabones and other chew toys when they are available. He will also chew on inappropriate items such as blankets, dog beds, drapes, plastic containers, etc. if bored/lonely/frustrated and they are available. He loves to eat and will try to steal food and treats from his canine foster siblings if given the opportunity to do so. He will resource-guard his food bowl from other dogs. He currently sleeps in the bed with his foster and her resident dogs.
Lived with children: Unknown
Likes children: Unknown
Lived with cats: Yes
Likes cats: Yes
Lived with dogs: Yes
Likes dogs: Yes
Prefers men or women: Either
Likes strangers: Yes
Nips (playfully): No
Bites (in anger): Yes, if frightened. He growls when he knows he is being picked up to be put in a crate or x-pen or to be put outside in the rain.
Crate trained: No – freaks out when the door is closed.
House broken: Yes – needs to go potty shortly after eating.
Destructive indoors: Yes – chews on blankets and dog beds.
Destructive outdoors: No
Dog is a climber: Yes – will climb out of a 36-inch tall x-pen. He would probably climb a chain link fence.
Dog is an escape artist: Unknown (he doesn't bolt at the back door to go outside)
Easily startled: Yes
Wakes up grouchy: No – but will grumble if stepped on by the other dogs.
Rides well in car: Yes – as long as he isn't crated. He will curl up and lie down in the backseat.
Gets carsick: No
Rides in crate: No
Screams: Yes – if confined in a crate or severely frightened.
Dog sleeps where: In the foster's bed under the covers.
Other information: Howls if left alone. Sometimes gets snarky with other dogs at barriers.
If you are interested in Cooper, please use our coordinator contact form, to email our BRAT coordinator, Deborah Hughes. Thank you!
There is an adoption fee of $300.00 for Cooper. This fee is used for the extensive costs associated with vetting and otherwise caring for Cooper and future Basenjis in rescue. BRAT adopters receive a dog that has been spayed or neutered, fully vaccinated, treated for fleas and internal worms if necessary, DNA tested for Fanconi syndrome (dogs under 10), and heartworm tested. Our dogs get recommended dental work. Seniors over 10 get a senior panel and, when indicated, we test our dogs for thyroid deficiencies. They are also temperament evaluated. In addition, BRAT provides free lifetime post-adoption counseling to help deal with behavioral or health issues. Finally, we provide a free lifetime identification tag connected to our "lost dog" toll free number.