Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: Mississippi Gulf Coast
Update on Cooper.
Well, Cooper is let's see how I can put this.... co-dependent. lol.
I knew this from reading up on Wiems, but I did not expect him to be so co-dependent. I cannot move without him right under my feet. That isn't exactly true. I have a soap making room downstairs and for some reason, when we're down there, it seems like he knows I'm working and he just lies around and sleeps. However, as soon as I go back upstairs in the house, he follows me everywhere I go. I can handle it, but sometimes, I'd just like to be free for a few minutes.
He is learning what he cannot do. I have already taught him that the sofa is a no no and he does not try to get on it anymore.
The biggest problems that I have with Cooper is trying to teach him to not jump on people when they come over. He's so huge ,that he literally almost knocked my friend on her butt yesterday. I tried the knee in the chest thing and say "don't jump", but it hasn't helped. He still jumps. Not on me, but on my husband when he gets home from work and anyone else that comes over. Any ideas how I can break him of this?
The other problem that I have concerns him being so co-dependent and can't do anything by himself, including going outside. He will not go down the stairs if I don't. I've tried just closing the door, but he will stand there for an hour if you let him, scratching the door.
He is very very smart and I have taught him tricks already. He shakes, rolls over, fetches the ball, sits and lies down, but i can't get him to stay. He'll stay for a few seconds and then he's up again.
I wish I had half the energy that Cooper has....why I could be the next Mary Kay with my Luxury Bath Product business.
Those are the problems, let me tell you the positives of having Cooper.
He's got the sweetest personality, he's absolutely gorgeous and I like to keep him shining and groomed. His coat changes from brown to silver depending on what shade of light he is in.
I love how when I talk to him, he cocks his head to the side.
The funniest thing was we got him to come into our boat with us for a boat ride. Boy does he love this. We can't get in it now without him coming with us. He loves to put his paws up on the bow of the boat, holding his head high. Those long floppy ears each go out to the sides and my husband and I both think that he looks like the flying none from the back.
He hasn't tried to jump into the water at all.
He hasn't bothered my kitties, they basically stay away from him and I leave him inside and go spend quality time with my kitties during the day so that they know I still love them even though we have Cooper.
Another thing we enjoy is walking him on the beach. He is the first full bred dog that I have owned and it is so cool to have so many people stop you to tell you what a beautiful dog he is and they always say "what kind of dog is that"? He absolutely loves to go walking on the beach and we try to take him at least three times a week. The other times I exercise him by playing fetch the ball with him.
Well today we were downstairs and I was making soap. I started getting a real bad headache and decided to lie down on the daybed downstairs. Well of course, Cooper had to come part his butt right next to me and lay his head on my pillow...It was so cute. However, when I woke up and looked over at him, he was on his back and all four legs were straight up in the air. It was so funny.
Now to the major problem that I have. I have been with Cooper 24/7 since we got him. I haven't ever left him alone. However, last Saturday, we had to go to New Orleans for soap supplies and to help a fellow soaper out. Cooper cannot be trusted in the house, I think he would tear up our sofa and pillows and such. He will not stay outside without me being out there with him, so the only other alternative is to crate him. He hates it and so do I. We were gone for about 4 hours, I kept calling my neighbor and she said that he had barked and cried the whole time we were gone, which made me feel like a horrible person. I just don't know what else to do. He won't stay in the yard without me and i'm afraid that if we did try, he might jump the fence to try to catch us. So what do you juys do about this problem? I hate crating him, but I don't see any other way.
Thanks, good to see you all again,