Copper will require an adopter that is very experienced with working with dogs to resolve behavior problems. You must have a history of successfully rehabilitating a large breed dog to qualify. Copper originally came direct from his owner when he started having conflict with another male dog in the home. He had been a great family member up to that point. When surrendered he was unnerved and showed inexperience dealing with stress. His good looks got him adopted quickly but the home provided more love than leadership and Copper started to make decisions. He became extremely protective of his home and his people. They sent him to a trainer for weeks of boot camp and the trainer recommend that Copper be returned to BRLA. Copper needs a human that will show him the respect and leadership to guide him back to balance. He needs a very confident leader that will help him learn to navigate life without feeling like everything is trying to get him. He continues to demonstrate defensive reactivity to people and dogs. There is a good boy just waiting for the right human he can trust enough and learn from to let his guard down forever. Copper is about 5 years old and he is anxious to no longer be reactive to new dogs and people in life. Our team has been working with him but it will take that one on one daily relationship to make a difference with this smart and handsome boy. Copper should only go to a home with no children, no other dogs and with someone who is 100% committed to training.
TeamBRLA Notes: Copper has the highest need for leadership of any dog at BRLA. He is too strong for many volunteers to handle but those of us that work with him see the potential. No dog wants to be this frustrated or distrusting. It will take a very special person to be Copper's person but we know you are out there!