12:56 pm, Thu 21 Nov 2013
Canine partners changing lives
A charity in West Sussex who train dogs to help the everyday lives of disabled people is looking for help to give some of them a home for a period of time.
The dogs, trained by Canine Partners, can help with tasks such as emptying the washing machine and getting milk from the fridge.
The families who look after the dog for a short period of time will be called 'poppy parents'.
To find out how to become a poppy parent go to:
5:54 pm, Fri 15 Nov 2013
Mystery dog deaths update
A deadly disease that has killed seven dogs in the New Forest remains a mystery tonight. Tests to find the cause - which leads to acute kidney failure - have so far proved inconclusive.
Now a scientific paper is being published internationally - with the hope that vets in other parts of the world may be able to help. Kerry Swain reports.
6:21 pm, Tue 12 Nov 2013
How clever are our dogs?
Video. How often do you talk to your dog or wonder what they are thinking? Well, the University of Portsmouth has launched a brand new project to examine a dog's ability to understand humans.
It is the first centre of its kind in the UK and now owners of all breeds are being encouraged to use it, to find out how clever man's best friend really is. Divya Kohli went along to find out and spoke to Dr Juliane Kaminski.
4:52 pm, Tue 12 Nov 2013
How clever are our dogs?
A new study by the University of Portsmouth is looking at how clever dogs really are.
The Dog Cognition at the university have launched the project to examine a dog's ability to understand humans.
It is the first centre of its kind in the UK, and now owners of all breeds are being encouraged to use it.
Dogs of any gender, age or breed can take part in the study, where researchers play and set them tasks. The research is purely observational and the dogs will be rewarded with food or play.
To take part, dog owners are asked to answer a few questions about their pet first.
If you would like to do so, you can click
11:55 am, Fri 23 Aug 2013
Kent sniffer dogs
Medway Council is using sniffer dogs to search for illegal cigarettes. The dogs are helping Trading Standards and police catch the criminals behind the fraud. They've found more than 4000 illegal cigarettes during raids on shop in the Medway towns.
We speak to Ian Gilmore from Trading Standards.
6:39 pm, Fri 16 Aug 2013
Police pups begin their training
Video. They're the latest recruits to be signed up by the police - cute, cuddly, and full of mischief. Not, perhaps, the usual requirements needed for the girls and boys in blue. Our reporter Heather Edwards joined them as they underwent their first series of tests
1:28 pm, Fri 16 Aug 2013
Police puppy training
ITV Meridian will follow the progress of police dogs through their training regime at Surrey Police.
The puppies are today being selected through temperament and behaviour to become part of the police force.
1:16 pm, Fri 16 Aug 2013
Police puppy training
Puppies relaxing during their training with Surrey Police
Credit: ITV Meridian
Puppies in Surrey are being put through a selection process as part of a process to become police dogs.
Surrey Police has started the initiative to provide more police dogs to the service.
The first formal stage of selection is taking place where the dogs are judged on temperament and behaviour.
Several pups will then be chosen to be taken forward for the full training as police dogs.
12:58 pm, Tue 09 Jul 2013
Dogs in hot cars warning
The RSPCA has hit out at owners across our region who left their dogs in hot cars over the weekend.
The animal welfare charity was inundated with hundreds of complaints from people who spotted animals suffering as the temperature rocketed to 90 degrees across the south.
Around 70 calls about animals trapped in hot cars in the South East came into the RSPCA's National Control Centre over the weekend.
More than 280 calls were made across the rest of England and Wales and the heatwave claimed a number of lives throughout the country.
A dog died after being left in a car in Bradford while the owners had Sunday lunch at a pub on July 7 and another dog was pulled dead out of a hot car outside their owner's home in Manchester.
The death of those dogs was an avoidable tragedy. Leaving a dog in a hot car has the same kind of effect as putting it in a microwave. They are literally cooked alive, in what is a horrendous death.
People just aren't listening. Leaving a window open simply isn't enough, and in-car temperatures rise quickly, even if it's cloudy.
What people need to realise is that the next animal to die in a hot car, conservatory of outbuilding could be their pet - that's how serious it is."
– Dermot Murphy, RSPCA Chief Inspector
4:36 pm, Thu 04 Jul 2013
Banbury MP Sir Tony Baldry talking about the Government's plans to crack down on dangerous dogs.