Dexter's as fast as lightning

Posted by Nerilie Watson on 24 May 2011 | 3 Comments


My mum and I adopted Dexter (formerly known as Ronnie), a lurcher (greyhound x smooth collie x ???who knows) in November last year.


He was a timid, skinny dog, not even very interested in food.  But over the last few months he's really shown us his playful, teenage personality as well as becoming stronger, fitter and very food motivated.  With the help of Simone from RSPCA dog training in City Beach during summer, Dexter has learned some important obedience skills and some fun tricks.  Following this we have continued training, using positive reinforcement and his trust in us our bond with him has grown.  I can't help but harp on about positive reinforcement to new dog owners that I know, especially when they tell me that their most used word is "no". I'm so proud of Dexter when we're in a strange new place and he still manages to show people what he can do.  As Dexter does not instinctively fetch/retrieve, that is our next training goal and has been for a while... it requires a lot of patience on both parts.

He sleeps on his own big bed in my room at night, but also has a downstairs and outside bed to keep him comfortable, as he always needs to be close to the action..... he's lying next to the chair as I type this right now, occasionally licking my feet (definitely not one of my favourite things). He still doesn't really play with his toys much unless someone is playing with him, but loves wooden things, especially furniture and ornaments.  He loves his kong and a couple of similar things and keeps me busy thinking of ways to make them more challenging for him.  I can count the number of times he has barked on both hands, and it's never been at home.  Instead he makes squeaky, singing, gurgly, yawny type noises, especially when we get home from work or he's getting impatient for his morning run.  Makes me laugh every time.


When we first went to the beach or river, Dexter was scared to get even get his feet wet, he now launches himself into the river to swim and leaps in and out of the water like a dolphin where he can only just touch the bottom. He's not as gung-ho at the beach unless I'm in the water too, although sometimes he finds himself literally in over his head when he chases another dog into the water, and forgets that he doesn't like to go out that far.  He loves playing chase with every single dog (and he's pretty much the fastest apart from young pure greyhounds), which is a far cry from getting tangled up in my legs with fear at the sight of any other dog.

Dexter is so gentle with the three and five year olds that live next door, who call him 'wind dog', as that's apparently what he would be called in South Africa (because he runs as fast as the wind!) He loves a good scratch behind the ears and a long belly rub, and also likes to lean against me, especially if it's dark.  We are so lucky to have him in our family!

Thanks to everyone at Shenton Dogs Home for caring for Dexter before we found him and for continuing to look after all the other dogs!  Maybe in the next year or two a second dog will a possibility for us.

Best wishes,

Lauren, Janette and Dexter



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  • Sounds like Dexter has found a great home and you have found a great friend !!!

    Posted by June, 01/06/2011 12:49am (7 years ago)

  • Dexter has a gorgeous cheeky little face :) Nice work guys!

    Posted by Kat, 28/05/2011 3:44pm (7 years ago)

  • What a wonderful and loving home you have given Dexter - and what a handsome dog he is.
    There is nothing better, than a heartbeat at your feet.

    Posted by Jackie, 26/05/2011 9:17pm (7 years ago)

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