The dog that walks like a human – and other precocious pets: ‘We didn’t teach him, it was his idea’

Can you teach an old dog new tricks? Animal lovers describe what it’s like to care for an extremely talented animal

We bought Dexter as a puppy. He was an adorable bundle of energy, a pure-breed Brittany spaniel. My husband, two children and I fell in love with him straight away. We’d lost an elderly dog the year before, and had rescued another, who we tragically had to put to sleep. It devastated us. So we poured our love into Dexter.

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