Hooper - in New England
Hooper is a local dog who finds himself in need of a new home. He is an 8 month old boxer mix (as of January) who is neutered and up to date on vaccines. He does well meeting people outside the home but has a harder time meeting at his home. He loves children and loves all dogs. He goes to doggy day care every week and is well socialized. He will chase the cats in his home.
Hooper has him some “puppy behaviors” that need some work. He will grab and run with anything he things it’s exciting – toys, napkins, etc. He gets over-excited by this game and will get mouthy and bossy. The family has worked on this with “time outs” and training for “down”.
His biggest need for help is his reaction to the doorbell and srangers entering. He has worked with a trainer and the family is crating him when people come over but with 3 busy kids he is getting crated too much. He is an energetic and happy boy in most circumstances; he loves to learn and use his brain to figure things out. He is working on clicker training and does well. He is motivated by treats and, uses a bell to let you know when he has to go out. He knows sit/down/stay/paw/come/go ni-nights/go pee/ go on your mat, tidy up, drop it etc.
Hooper likes to ride in the car and go on errands and outings such as ice cream, dog park, etc. He likes to play ball, loves to chew on long-lasting treats such as knuckles/bully sticks etc and this has helped curb any inappropriate chewing.
His insecurity shows when he encounters a new object, like seeing a bike helmet in the driveway, or a new child’s toy that makes noise. He also does not respond well if you approach him face to face or right over his head. He likes being snuggled or approached from the side.
So if you have a quieter home without as much coming and going, and are willing to continue working with a trainer, Hooper just might be your new boy!
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Please note: This is a courtesy post for Cooper, helping to expand their search for a family that is the right match for him.