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Cooper: 10-month-old male black Lab mix 95-lb Neutered

Background: Adopted from a shelter in Butte County after being found as a stray, Cooper’s new owner found herself outgunned by Cooper’s exuberance. She described him as a wonderful, goofy dog that is simply overpowering her. A big, overly excited puppy that doesn't know how to calm himself and gets ramped up and can be VERY mouthy -- with arms, wrists and ankles. Never bitten or acted aggressive in any way towards anyone. He loves people, and can be a cuddle bug. He does not show any possessiveness over food or toys. Walked for over an hour in the morning and at night with smaller walks during the day. Gone to dog parks and played with dogs of all ages and sizes with no problems at all. He tends to follow them around. Fine on the leash. Working on crate training. She was so sad to give him up but felt Lab Rescue could find a more appropriate forever home that could handle him. We determined that he might have the potential to be a fabulous service dog [wouldn’t that be awesome?] so we had Cooper audition for Dogs 4 Diabetics.

Cooper just flunked out of the Dogs 4 Diabetics training program (booooo) per the following report: “Cooper is a loving and sweet dog with a lot of playful puppy energy. He enjoys training and learning new skills. Cooper has a good foundation of basic obedience and enjoys body handling, cuddling on the floor, and is a social, outgoing dog. Cooper requires ongoing, active management (attentive handling, high rate of reward and very high value food) to get and maintain his focus. He barks when in a public setting, making interrupting and redirecting his behavior in a positive direction difficult. He has shown some destructive tendencies in the home, even when actively managed and supervised, and has an above-average prey drive with any small animal (cats, birds, squirrels, etc.). Cooper showed improvement with attentive handling and a restricted schedule, however his behavior did not continue to improve over time. His overall size, and need for a more active lifestyle has made it difficult to handle him outside the home. Cooper’s behaviors have not continued to progress to the degree needed to continue training as a service dog. Cooper now know a number of commands. He's overall good with any person he's met; he's a bit of a bull in the china shop when he's with dogs and doesn't read body language well, but he's such a goof that he backs off when a dog tells him off.”

What Darwin's Rescue Rep Says: A ton of excitement in an 95-pound body. Cooper is probably not done growing either… may be headed to 115+ pounds. Possibly mixed with a Great Dane or some other large breed. Cooper’s zest for life is matched by his proclivity to jump up on you and use his mouth to get what he wants. While he is mouthy, he does not bite down. Not a mean bone in his body, he uses his size and strength to his advantage. A home with cats or chickens is a definite “no” as he will consider them food. Would do great in home with another large dog that he can play with. Needless to say, having a pool or pond or stream or ocean in his life is gonna be critical to satisfy his love of water. Ideal for a young active couple or individual. Families with young kids need not apply. Walks pretty darn nice on a harness with the D-ring in the front. Adopters will be highly encouraged to enlist the help of a professional dog trainer to continue Cooper’s training.

Medical: In fine health. Current on vax, chipped, heartworm negative, and neutered.

Cooper is currently located in: San Rafael

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