Guide dogs retrained to join elite coronavirus detection team

Guide dogs retrained to join elite coronavirus detection team

Maple is ‘ball obsessed’ and is proving very enthusiastic during her training (Picture: Lenscraft Photography) Life as a guide dog didn’t work out for Spencer, but now he is retraining to detect Covid-19 instead (Picture: Guide Dogs) It is hoped the elite canine team will be able to pick up coronavirus in a fast and non-invasive way (Picture: Guide Dogs).

Dalmatian with heart-shaped nose trains to become autism assistance dog

Dalmatian with heart-shaped nose trains to become autism assistance dog

The dalmatian was originally adopted as just a family pet, but is now training to become an assistance dog for the family’s youngest son (Picture: @rorschachthedalmatian/Mercury Press)‘When he was five weeks old, I planned a surprise visit for Rick to meet him.

Meet Pixie – the dog who can do CPR

Meet Pixie – the dog who can do CPR

Tania started training Pixie in lockdown (Picture: Tania Butler / SWNS)Tania, of Waikato, New Zealand, said: ‘I wanted to teach her a new trick, she knows quite a few and wanted to do something a bit different.

Woman creates obstacle course for chickens and dogs in her garden

Woman creates obstacle course for chickens and dogs in her garden

Joe Collings Nutkins ,40, had been meaning to set up the course for a while, but as she has Myalgic Encephalitis (ME), which causes extreme pain and fatigue if not managed, and often needs to rest between playing and training her dogs, she had yet to find the time.

Training mistakes to avoid

Training mistakes to avoid

Treats aren’t always good: Treats are a good way to start training, but once your dog starts to get the hang of the command, you must start cutting down the treats before it becomes a habit.

A dog so badly treated he lost a leg is looking for a loving home

A dog so badly treated he lost a leg is looking for a loving home

Rocco’s leg was broken and had to be amputated (Picture: Jake McPherson / SWNS)Could you help Rocco trust people again and give him the love he deserves?But instead of taking the dog to a vet, Rocco’s owners left him to suffer and the RSPCA had to step in.

Police dog swept away in river found ‘soaking and shaken’ by rescuers

Police dog swept away in river found ‘soaking and shaken’ by rescuers

The dog was found ‘soaking and shaken’ after she was swept away (Picture: South Wales Police : Heddlu De Cymru/Facebook)A police dog ‘swept away’ in the River Taff during a training exercise has been safely rescued after officers launched an urgent appeal.

Poops, I did it again!

Poops, I did it again!

Important thing to note is to remove the soiled paper/potty pad and clean the area thoroughly so that the pup doesn’t feel it’s his only permanent spot to relieve.

'Trust your dog': extraordinary pets help solve crimes by finding bodies

'Trust your dog': extraordinary pets help solve crimes by finding bodies

For 18 of his 23 years as a police officer, Deputy Chance Wood, 43, has served in the marine unit, rescuing people in distress and recovering the remains of those who have drowned, often with the help of cadaver dogs.

Taking the lead: why a jog with a dog is the latest fitness craze

Taking the lead: why a jog with a dog is the latest fitness craze

At Cani-Fit, another canicross training company, founder Lindsay Johnson says her clients and their dogs particularly enjoy the social aspect of the weekly hour-long training runs.

Blind Paralympian 'might sue' M&S for telling him to leave guide dog outside five times

Blind Paralympian 'might sue' M&S for telling him to leave guide dog outside five times

After being challenged by M&S five times now, he says he might have to launch legal action against the chain (Picture: John Dickinson-Lilley)He was waiting in the queue when a member of staff spotted eight-year-old Brett, and said ‘You’re not allowed that in the store’.

How to become a marvellous pet parent

How to become a marvellous pet parent

Adopt a country or pariah dog as your pet.l Obedience training is essential to have a good, life-long relationship with your pup.l Control of external parasites on your pet is essential to avoid anaemia and life-threatening diseases.

Your dog can figure out if you’re lying about how many treats you have

Your dog can figure out if you’re lying about how many treats you have

Gregory Berns, professor of psychology at Emory University in America, and senior author of the study, said: ‘Our work not only shows that dogs use a similar part of their brain to process numbers of objects as humans do – it shows that they don’t need to be trained to do it.’.

Police force welcomes nine incredibly cute new recruits

Police force welcomes nine incredibly cute new recruits

A litter of K9 puppies turned eight weeks old today (Pictures: Greater Manchester Police/Mercury)A police dog unit has welcomed its nine newest and cutest members – a litter of German Shepherd pups.

Study reveals your pets influence the car you choose

Study reveals your pets influence the car you choose

The data was analysed by Harvard mathematician, Dan Fortunato, who revealed that cat and dog owners do consider the breed of their pet while finalising their automobile purchase.

Shiba Inu burned in house fire training to be therapy dog for human burn victims

Shiba Inu burned in house fire training to be therapy dog for human burn victims

The nine-year-old has turned himself around through training (Picture: Care More Animal Hospital)From there, Mandy says she’ll work to get Taka up to standard as a therapy dog for those who’ve been through similar things to him.

These 'doctor dogs' can sniff out disease

These 'doctor dogs' can sniff out disease

Around the world, dogs like Shugga are training to detect diseases ranging from Parkinson’s disease and cancer to malaria, according to Maria Goodavage, author of “Doctor Dogs: How Our Best Friends Are Becoming Our Best Medicine.”.

Dogs do parkour: Canine agility sport proving a hit in the UK

Dogs do parkour: Canine agility sport proving a hit in the UK

Dog Parkour sessions are just like human Parkour where they learn how to climb, jump, balance and run on challenging obstacles such as beams and tree stumps.Michelle, from Failsworth in Manchester, says: “Parkour helps owners build a bond with their dogs and makes walks more fun.

Shock tactics: can electric dog collars ever be ethical?

Shock tactics: can electric dog collars ever be ethical?

This seemed to work, and Andrews has since asked Coffey to help to overturn the government’s plans for a ban on remote-control collars.Aversive training methods, and electric collars in particular, are opposed by the RSPCA, the Kennel Club, the Animal Behaviour and Training Council and the British Veterinary Association (BVA).

Dogs with Jobs: How do you train a guide dog to become someone’s eyes?

Dogs with Jobs: How do you train a guide dog to become someone’s eyes?

Before the guide-dogs-to-be are placed with trainers like Sam, they spend a year with a volunteer who helps them with basic training and socialising, as well as helping them get used to living in a family home.