Surrey Police have employed several puppies to become a useful part of the police force in the future and take part in searches and patrols. Divya Kohli catches up with the police dogs on their next stage of police dog training.
Video. A West Sussex charity which re-homes rescue dogs is celebrating its 25th anniversary today. The Dogs Trust in Shoreham opened its doors in 1988 and has now re-homed more than 8,000 dogs.
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: www.caninepartners.org.uk
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.
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.
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 here.
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.
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
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.
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.