Remember how Cooper escaped his crate the first weekend we had him, and decided to do some redecorating? After that, we tried leaving him out of his crate, with Oscar as a calming influence, during the day. It worked like a charm! At first. But, remember how, after a while, we discovered some incontinence issues? We tried a belly band, which worked great for a few days…until he learned how to rip it off of himself while we were gone.
Well this dog sure is lucky he’s cute, because how can you stay mad at him?? Answer: you can’t. Physically, it is not possible. Even when this started happening again…
…we knew it was only because we hadn’t yet found a routine that worked for Cooper. We had thought that we had thought of everything…Exercise – check. Frozen Veggie Kong to keep him busy while we were away – check. Trip outside right before we leave the house, and back outside during a quick run home from work at lunch time – check. There was only one option we had left to exhaust.
Sorry Coop, but it’s time to reintroduce The Crate. And we’re not taking any chances this time.
I don’t want to count my chickens yet, because little Cooper has out-witted us before, but for now I’m going to go ahead and say “so far, so good.” He hasn’t escaped, and he’s had a couple accidents, but overall we seem to be doing quite well (even if we have been through several doggie beds). I don’t know if Cooper will ever be able to be fully trusted to have run of the house, but he’s still just a young pup – so anything is possible.
Cooper may not be perfect, but he will love the absolute crap outta you. If you’re interested in giving Cooper his furever home, please fill out an applicaiton with Agape Animal Rescue.