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Canine partners on the search for 'poppy parents'

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

Examining how dogs understand humans

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.

How clever are man's best friend?

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.

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Dog police training

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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.

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