If you’re a patient, kind and animal loving human, Dex the dog could be the perfect fit for you.
The one-year-old Bull Arab X was rescued by Dog Rescue Newcastle and is currently searching for his forever home.
Despite being nervous around other dogs, marketing manager and volunteer Jesse Reinhard says he is “a lovely guy”.
“With Dex he was under socialised as a puppy which means he was in a backyard and didn’t get exposed to much,” Jesse said.
“He didn’t learn much about the world or interact with any people or dogs so that means he is now quite fearful of other dogs and other people to the point where he will tell them to go away.
“With dogs it is quite common to have that fight or flight situation but Dex’s carers Phill and Jessica have been amazing in terms of his confidence building.
“He’s now pretty good with people, he’s still a tiny bit nervous but he is super friendly.”
When Dex meets someone new, Jesse says he just needs some space to get comfortable with the situation.
Unfortunately though he continues to struggle with other dogs because of his lack of socialisation in the early months.
“He’s more scared of them and he’ll tell them to go away but we are working everyday with him to help with that,” Jesse told Newcastle Weekly.
“It’s very common for dog behaviours like Dex’s due to lack of socialisation not just with other dogs but the world in general.
“People under socialise their dogs and then they wonder why they have issues because they are terrified so they resort to aggressive behaviour in terms of their fear management.
“But Dex is a lovely guy and because of his size and the breed he is it has been harder to find him a home, he has been in care now for about six months with no adoption applications at all.
“He’s now great with people, loves playing and he’s great with food.
“His foster carers took him into their home and their hearts and are working with him every day to make him a better dog for his forever home.
“We believe it is out there, it is just taking a bit of time.”
His ideal home would be with a couple who has no children and no other pets who can give him the exercise he needs.
A quieter household with low traffic would be ideal so he can become accustomed to his new home and get settled in.
To view Dex’s profile, click here.
Aside from Dex, Dog Rescue Newcastle has more than 100 dogs and 60 to 70 cats in care requiring a home.
“It is always the same old story, never enough foster homes, never enough adoptions,” Jesse said.
“But something I want to say is that if people are wanting to adopt for Christmas make sure it is for life, not just for Christmas because come January and February we do see a spike in surrenders, puppies included.”
Go to the Dog Rescue Newcastle website for more information.
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