Reasons why we love this dog…
He's used to home life
He's very affectionate
He loves to play
I am a:
I would like:
A big garden for zoomies!
I would not like:
To be left on my own a lot.
My favourite thing is:
Squeaky toys and cheese!
Bouncy but sensitive
Can live with children 15 plus
Could live with a dog
Not cat trainable
If you adopt Cooper (or any of our dogs), you will be entitled to receive FREE behavioural support from our qualified team of behaviourists for any issues you might need help with during his lifetime. Further information will be given when homing Cooper. Please note, this support is only available for dogs adopted from Forever Hounds Trust.
Say hello to Super Cooper, a handsome young saluki-lurcher looking for his forever home. At just under two years old, Cooper is full of beans and still learning about life. He is a playful, affectionate and enthusiastic boy – but he does have a sensitive side, and can be worried in certain situations.
Cooper has spent some time in a foster home, but sadly had to come back into our care as the environment just wasn’t right for him. Cooper was very loving and affectionate towards his foster family, and always welcoming to visitors. He was housetrained and clean inside the house, and settled well in his bed overnight. He did show some typical puppy behaviours (such as stealing and chewing items like the TV remote!) which his new adopters must be happy to manage.
Like most young saluki-lurchers, Cooper loves to run! The most important thing in his new home will be a secure garden which is large enough for zoomies, so he can burn off some of his energy. If he isn’t able to zoom about when he feels the need for speed, Cooper becomes very frustrated and over-excited, which can lead to over-the-top jumping up and mouthing behaviour. He will need plenty of physical exercise and mental stimulation, as he will make his own entertainment if he gets bored! Having said this, he isn’t constantly on the go, and does settle and relax well at home, providing his exercise needs are being met.
Cooper absolutely loves playing with other dogs, and would really benefit from having a regular group of doggie playmates. He has great play skills, and loves to wrestle – his best friends during his time in foster were a staffie and two collie crosses! He would be best homed as an only dog to start with however – this is because when he first goes into a new home, he experiences high levels of stress initially. This stress causes him to become extremely rough and over-the-top whilst playing with other dogs, and he doesn’t notice their attempts to let him know he’s being too much. This has previously happened to the point that the other dogs at home became frightened of him! He can also show some possessive behaviour around his sleeping area/adopters towards other dogs whilst feeling unsettled.
Cooper’s play skills should return once he is fully settled and relaxed in his new home, but this is likely to take some time – having a resident dog at home is likely to complicate things for Cooper and make it less likely that his home will work out. We would consider placing him with a large, strong, robust dog who genuinely enjoys extra-rough play (as long as his adopters were able to separate the dogs for playtime when needed).
Although Cooper loves other dogs, he can struggle with frustration and some anxiety when walking in busy environments with a lot of unfamiliar dogs. As such, he needs to be walked in quieter areas, without a lot of off-lead dogs who are likely to run over to him. A more rural or quiet suburban home would suit him best, since walking in busy dog parks tends to be overwhelming for him, which can lead to him barking at other dogs on-lead. In the right environment and with some support from his handler, this behaviour should not be an issue in his new home – Cooper is a responsive, intelligent dog, who does enjoy the company of dogs and responds well to reward-based training.
Cooper was left alone most of the time as a puppy in his original home, but was never taught how to feel comfortable with this. Sadly this has caused him to suffer from separation anxiety, and he currently isn’t able to cope with spending more than about 10 minutes on his own. For now, he needs a home where he will not need to be left alone at all initially. With time and patience, Cooper should be able to build up to spending an hour or so alone, but will probably never be able to cope with longer periods. He may find it easier to build confidence in this area if homed with another dog, but this will not be a quick fix.
Due to his past, Cooper can be worried about certain types of handling and will growl to let you know when he’s uncomfortable. For this reason, we’re looking for an adult only home, or one with teenagers who are respectful and confident around large dogs. He’s a sensitive boy who is very scared of loud voices and shouting, and finds being told off extremely upsetting. His new family must be willing to take a totally positive, reward-based approach to his training – setting him up to succeed and rewarding him for behaviours they do want, rather than punishing him for behaviours they don’t want. Building trust and a strong relationship will be key to Cooper settling into his new home and overcoming his anxieties, and any negative interactions will quickly break that trust.
Cooper is a cuddly boy who is convinced he’s a lap dog (despite his size!) so a space on the sofa is high on his list of priorities. He loves adventures and days out to the beach – playing with seaweed is one of his favourite pastimes. He loves the water, but isn’t a big fan of seagulls! If you think you can offer Cooper the security and stability he needs to flourish, please get in touch!
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