Stray dogs in China to be trained to help people

BEIJING (CHINA DAILY/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - A project to train stray dogs to assist elderly people and those hard of hearing has been launched in the capital.

The China Beijing Hearing-Dog Association plans to select dogs from an animal shelter in northern Changping district that is managed by the Beijing public security bureau, and to invite dog trainers from Japan.

'We'll choose young dogs, because it's easier to train them,' project leader Wang Yue said on Monday. 'The breed of dog is not so important.'
To date, 24 residents have applied to become students in hearing-dog training.

Source: Straits Times

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