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Improvements made in sniffer dog training

Scientists at the University of Lincoln are trying to improve the way sniffer dogs are trained and understand more about the way they think.

Instead of teaching them to identify specific scents, like TNT or Semtex, they're being taught groups of odours in the hope that the dogs might start to recognise the similarities.

It is hoped training them in this way will make them more effective at recognising improvised explosive devices:

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South Yorkshire rescue centre caring for burnt dog

An animal rescue centre in South Yorkshire is caring for a dog which is thought to have had boiling water or chemicals poured onto its back and before being thrown into a canal.

The Staffordshire Bull Terrier, named Colin by those who found him, suffered horrendous burns and those caring for him fear it may have been done on purpose.

James Webster reports:

Bradford man recovering after dog attack

A man from Bradford says he might not be able to work again after being attacked by a dog.

Jamie recovering with his son

Jamie Farrell was collecting tools from his van when he was mauled by a Japanese Akita which was being walked by a child.

His injuries were so severe that he thinks he might not be able to return to work as a self-employed joiner.

Jamie's bone was visible after being bitten

Because the attack happened on private land, no one has been arrested.

Dog stolen with car found

Quinn the cocker spaniel

A dog which was in a car in North Yorkshire when it was stolen has been found.

Quinn the cocker spaniel and the stolen Ford Mondeo were found in Ripon. The pet has been taken to a local vet's surgery for a check up.

A police uniform and identification which were in the car have also been located.

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Alfie the police dog recovering after tail operation

One of West Yorkshire Police's dogs is recovering after an operation to remove his tail.

Doggy knit-off campaign urge people to bring items

Nnitters Emma Barwell, Pauline Banbridge and Carol Couch Credit: Sarah Clark

The Jerry Green Dog Rescue are urging people to drop knitted items in at one of their centres as they try to keep homeless dogs warm this winter.

The Great Doggy Knit Off campaign is asking for knitted jumpers, snoods, hats and blankets to help.

More than 160 abandoned and unwanted dogs are feeling the chill particularly short-haired and older ones.

Knitted items can be donated to any of the charity's five centres at Blidworth near Mansfield; Gilberdyke in East Yorkshire; Broughton near Brigg in North Lincolnshire; Algarkirk near Boston in South Lincolnshire; and Thirsk in North Yorkshire.

They can also be dropped off at wool shop Tricot in Scunthorpe.

Knit one purl one for chilly canines

A stitch in time - knitters Emma Barwell Pauline Banbridge and Carol Couch Credit: Sarah Clark

Knit one, purl one for chilly canines. That is the appeal from the Jerry Green Dog Rescue as it launches its first Great Doggy Knit Off campaign.

The aim is to keep dogs without a home warm this winter and the charity is asking for knitted jumpers, snoods, hats and blankets to help.

More than 160 abandoned and unwanted dogs are feeling the chill particularly short-haired and older ones.

Knitted items can be donated to any of the charity's five centres at Blidworth near Mansfield; Gilberdyke in East Yorkshire; Broughton near Brigg in North Lincolnshire; Algarkirk near Boston in South Lincolnshire; and Thirsk in North Yorkshire.

Lincoln University study dogs left at home alone

Research into how dogs behave when they're left alone Credit: PA

Academics at the University of Lincoln have teamed up with a university in Slovakia to study how dogs behave in the owner's absence.

Dog owners are being asked to complete a detailed survey to help researchers analyse the various clinical signs and situations in which problems can occur.

Destructiveness, vocalisation such as barking and whining, and house soiling are among the most common complaints of dog owners.

It has also been established that dogs showing these problems are at a higher risk of a range of other complications.

The researchers hope to apply the findings from the survey to aid the development of more specific treatments and prevention programmes.

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