Cooper is a little guy with a big personality! He is seven years old, but still acts like a young dog. He is sweet and cuddly, and can even be quite pushy about it. If Cooper wants to be petted, he will let you know by pushing his head up into your hand. Cooper 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. But his tendency to be bossy can rub other dogs the wrong way. At his foster home, he will push his way in front of the other dogs to be petted and will even stand on top of them or over them. He is also crazy about food. He will try to steal food and treats from his canine foster siblings. Cooper will growl and snark if any of the foster dogs come near him while eating. If Cooper lives with other dogs, Cooper will need to be fed separately, behind a gate or in an x-pen. Cooper’s adopter must also take care to keep Cooper separated from other dogs when handing out treats. He has some barrier aggression issues, too. If Cooper is behind a gate, he growls at any other dog that walks by. Cooper would do best with other dogs who are very laid back and tolerant of pushy and dominant dogs.

Why does Cooper act like this? We don’t have a lot of information about Cooper’s 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 Cooper had to be pushy to get what he wanted and he had to act scary to protect himself when he felt it was necessary. Cooper is generally not aggressive to people; however, he has growled when his foster picked him up to put him in his x-pen (where he does not want to go) or to go outside to go potty when it was raining. He also nipped her once when she picked him up right after he first came into BRAT. She has begun teaching him that being picked up is a good thing by cuddling him and talking sweet nonsenses to him (which he likes) for a few seconds before doing anything else. His future forever home will need to continue doing this to keep him from regressing.

Did I mention that Cooper still acts like a young dog? Well, Cooper loves to chew. He needs to be provided appropriate things to chew; 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. Cooper’s foster keeps him in the kitchen during the day 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. Cooper cannot be crated. He gets very upset and anxious, which causes him to pee and even defecate in the crate. The foster tried putting him in a larger enclosure like an x-pen when she goes to work, but Cooper gets grumpy and growls and snarks when he knows he is getting picked up to go into the pen. He can also climb out of the x-pen if his foster leaves the room while he is in it. Cooper will tolerate being confined to a smaller room, like the kitchen, by a baby gate when left alone. The baby gate needs to be tall enough and designed in a way that he cannot climb or jump it. He will also tolerate being confined to a tall x-pen as long as a person is in the room with him.

Cooper sometimes limps when he is running around. Cooper 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 Cooper feel better. Cooper’s adopter will need to be committed to continuing his joint supplement and be prepared for the possibility he will need surgery in the future. Cooper also has somewhat impaired vision due to immature cataracts in both eyes.

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.

ABOUT Cooper
Dog is a: Purebred
Dog's name: Cooper
Dog is currently in: Illinois
Birth date: 11/15/2010
Gender: Male
Color: Tricolor (Trindle) and White
Weight: 17 pounds
Neutered/Spayed: Yes

HEALTH INFORMATION, VACCINATIONS AND MEDICAL TESTS
DHLP: Yes (1 yr), 05/11/2017
Rabies: Yes (1 yr), 05/16/17
Rabies certificate: Yes (Missouri)
Bordetella: Yes (1 yr), 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 lbs. beginning 11/15/2017
DNA test for Fanconi: Carrier
Other tests: Found to have tapeworms on 05/20/2017 & treated for them.
Other medical issues: Cooper has luxating patellas in both back legs and hip dysplasia. Surgery is not recommended at this time. Cooper is on a joint supplement (Synovi G4). Cooper also has immature cataracts in both eyes, which have somewhat impaired his vision

EATING HABITS
Eating schedule: Three times a day
Type of food: Dry
Brand(s) of food: Fromm 4-Star Whitefish & Potato formula
Begs for food: Yes
Food dislikes: No
Favorite foods: All
Feeding instructions: Must eat supervised – will try to steal food from other dogs and will get aggressive toward other dogs if they come near his food.

TEMPERAMENT
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 will also push his way in front of the other dogs to be petted and stand on top of/over them when they are laying down on the couch or floor. He loves to chew. He will chew on Nylabones and other chew toys when they are available. He will also chew on blankets, dog beds, drapes, plastic containers, or other inappropriate items 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. He will resource-guard food and treats from other dogs. He would prefer to sleep in bed with his human(s). He currently sleeps on the floor next to the bed.
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 & dog beds.
Destructive outdoors: No
Dog is a climber: Yes – will climb out of a 36" tall x-pen. Cooper would probably climb a chain link fence.
Dog is an escape artist: Cooper is a door bolter
Easily startled: Yes
Wakes up grouchy: No
Rides well in car: Yes – as long as not crated. Will curl up and lie down in backseat.
Gets carsick: No
Rides in crate: No
Yodels: Unknown
Screams: Yes – if confined in a crate or severely frightened.
Dog sleeps where: Next to the bed.
Other information: Howls if left alone. 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.