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Dogs cleverer thanks to Pudsey

Britain's dogs are becoming more talented thanks to the "Pudsey effect", according to a survey by the Kennel Club. Pudsey and his owner Ashleigh Butler from Northamptonshire shot to fame when they won Britain's Got Talent in 2012.

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What the 'Pudsey effect' survey found

These are the results of the survey by the Kennel Club, which says dogs are becoming more talented thanks to Ashley & Pudsey from Wellingborough, who won Britain's Got Talent in 2012.

  • 32% say Ashley & Pudsey's success has encouraged them to train their dogs
  • 54% spent up to 5 hours a week training their dogs
  • 81% taught basic obedience
  • 31% taught dogs to fetch newspapers and slippers around the house
  • 15% taught agility

Some dogs are being trained to tackle basic obstacles, dancing to music or even riding a surf or skateboard.

More than 1000 people took part in the research commissioned by the Kennel Club.

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