Copper, AKA--David Copperfield, Coppertop, Copperfield Road, Cu 29, Cuivré, is a very special basset hound. First of all he is sweet, wonderful boy. He loves his foster brother Ernie. He “spars” with him at least once a day. He plays with his toys, adores belly rubs, and above all, cherishes walks. He would walk for miles and miles.
This wasn’t always the case. Coppertop came to his foster home a mess. He was anxious, he paced , barked, and panted for 48 hours straight when he was first taken in. With much foster home patience, and working with a veterinarian, through behavioral therapy and medication, we have been able to lessen Copper's anxiety.
Foster family says 'I think sometimes, we have two dogs — the sensitive, loving hound that is curious, playful, and a lover of lazy naps most of the day. The other is scared, frantic, and seeks relief from us. We are making progress toward seeing less and less of the latter. We joke that Copper has the doggie version of Dissociative Identity Disorder. We can even sometimes see the transition. Our human son Paul, calls Copper’s alter ego 'Bronze'. Improvements are definitely being made.
He is the most sensitive dog I have ever met. He picks up on our moods, anxiety, and stress level, and reacts. When I get frustrated, his negative behavior increases. If I am calm, he recovers more quickly from a panic attack. He is wary of crowds, but is less wary if kept on a leash. With meds, and morning/afternoon walks, as well as the option of an open crate, he has done well. Thunderstorms, however, put a major barrier in the schedule. This is the last barrier, hopefully, that David Copperfield must overcome. He may try to climb furniture, scratch to get out windows, pacing and panting. The Thundershirt helps some, but when we think he may hurt himself, we put him in his crate. He only stays in the crate until the storm is over, and I only recommend it as a last resort. We are working on making the crate a safe place for him. Our hope is that he will learn to go in it by himself when he feels panicked. He may need a consultation with a behaviorist once in his forever home to better manage the thunderstorm issue.
As far as what family would be best for Copper, I envision:
• retired or works-from-home family
• a family with experience with anxiety in dogs
• a strict routine
• older children
• no cats
• another dog who is laid back
• patience, patience, patience
A concern is the transition from our home to another. Copper will need a dedicated home. Life is like a box of chocolates and will never be boring as long as this crazy, wonderful boy is around. Contact CBHR about this beautiful 6 year old lemony charmer today. 08/12/16
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