5 year old • Male • 68 lbs
Cooper Boy is a short-haired black dog with white spots on his chest and back paws.
Cooper Boy is the sweetest doggo! He is gentle, calm and loves to hang with his human and (dog) foster sister, Anna.
As he is shy and reserved at first, he needs some time to adjust to new people, environments, and situations. But then he warms up quickly. His favorite thing is lying on a comfortable couch for a rest or nap. Cooper gets along great with other dogs, and his foster sister has helped him adjust to his new environment. He also gets along well with cats!
He is looking for a home with a fenced-in yard, ideally with another friendly canine companion. Cooper is completely house-trained and can be trusted alone in the house uncrated and unsupervised. Cooper is sometimes startled by loud noises, but we have not heard him bark even once!
Cooper is cautious when approached with a leash or harness and does not enjoy the process of being fitted with the harness, but enjoys walks once they start. He has great leash manners and enjoys short walks around the neighborhood.
In only a few weeks of being in his foster home, he has blossomed and is very welcoming of being petted and cuddled. He is somewhat independent, but is happiest when he is around people. He will be your best friend and companion. He is the best dog!
Cooper Boy is up-to-date on vaccinations, microchipped, and neutered. He tested heartworm positive and is receiving a gentle protocol to gradually eliminate the heartworms.
With the gentle protocol, no excessive confinement is required. The dog should not be out in the heat for long periods of time and should not engage in heavy exercise until he/she tests negative for heartworms. Heavy exercise that should be avoided includes full-speed running for any distance, jogging more than a short distance such as a driveway or a block, repetitive ball chasing, and high-energy play with other dogs. Leash walking is fine in most cases, as long as the dog is not getting winded and it is not too hot.
Most dogs will test negative for heartworms within a year using the gentle method. Our protocol is 28 days of doxycycline during the first month along with twice per month ivermectin (e.g., heartgard, iverheart, tri-heart), followed by twice per month ivermectin for a year. Cooper began the gentle protocol in December 2020 and so should test negative in December 2021.
Cooper Boy's family surrendered him to a local shelter for financial reasons.
IAR subsidizes post-adoption professional training with Jane Marshall (www.cheerydogs.com) to encourage a life-long and successful bond between the dog and the adopter. Group classes for puppies and adult dogs are provided at a substantial discount to IAR adopters.