‘Website Woof’ presents Ernie; Ernie was born in 2008.

We hope you enjoy reading the volunteers descriptions of the time they spend with the hounds. If you would like a detailed assessment of Ernie please visit Wimbledon Greyhound Welfare where the manager, Carol, and staff can advise you on his temperament, nature, health and diet.

The kennels are open daily for hound walking from 11am until 2pm and are located at Burhill Kennels, Turners Lane, Hersham, KT12 4AW. Tel: 01932 224918

Ernie went on foster with Tracy Woods in October 2017. This is what she said about Ernie:

Ernie is 9 years old and a lovely great big affectionate bundle of fur. He came to us on foster a few months ago and has stayed a few days a week ever since. When he first arrived he settled in quickly in our home and has never messed in the house, not even once.

He can be eager and possibly too keen to take toys from you, he can be a bit snatchy, but we believe this to be over-animation and we have been trying to teach him to be more gentle. We have made some progress and think he will improve with more work in a stable environment.

Ernie is always enthusiastic about everything. He loves his walks and loves to play either with you or on his own. He likes to play chase in the garden and is very interactive. He wags his tail constantly, even in his sleep. He picks a specific toy and he takes it everywhere with him, only dropping it to concentrate on doing a wee.

He is absolutely fine with other greyhounds but his response level to other breeds needs some work. Since becoming more relaxed in his environment outside of the home this behaviour towards other dogs has changed for the better. He is aware of other dogs, though there is no aggression or barking he is anxious to keep them in his sight. If they are behind him he turns briefly to make sure he can still see them and will then happily carry on walking. His prey drive is more towards cats and squirrels.

We have recently been working on separation and this is a slow process. He has been left on his own for very short periods of time, 10-20 minutes, because we didn’t want to throw too much at him too soon, but with patience and time this will definitely improve.

He was very aware of big roads and traffic, however since he has become more socialised he has become more relaxed and even knows how to ‘wait’ when crossing roads. Ernie is a great traveller in the car, he learns rules quickly.

He is such a great character and a total joy to have and would easily and quickly become a great family member. Don’t be fooled by his age, this boy is full of spirit.