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Manchester pup sniffs out 4000th place on landmark dog welfare study

Tails are wagging at Dogs Trust as they celebrate welcoming the 4,000th puppy onto its landmark ‘Generation Pup’ study of four-legged friends.

Taking the accolade is 15-week-old female Labradoodle, George, whose owner Mandy Turner found out about the study whilst she attended puppy training classes with Dog School at Dogs Trust Manchester.

The Generation Pup study, which launched in 2016, tracks puppies through to adulthood, to learn how their early experiences, environment, diet and exercise affects their health and behaviour later in life. It is the first study of its kind, enabling researchers to gain ground-breaking new insights about our canine companions to improve dog welfare for future generations.

The charity is hoping to recruit 10,000 puppies onto the study so is calling on owners with dogs under 16 weeks of age to sign up at www.generationpup.ac.uk.

Owner Mandy says that George’s personality has already well and truly made its mark on their family and she is loveable, cheeky and quick to learn. George shares her new home with owners Mandy and her husband Christian and her two teenage children, older doggy sister, Labrador Shadow, two cats and a 35-year-old African Grey Parrot, and Mandy says George is taking it all in her stride.

Owner Mandy Turner, from Dukinfield, said:

“George is very special to our family so I’m really excited to be involved in Generation Pup, not only because we’re supporting such important research but it also means we have the opportunity to record George’s milestones, developments and achievements over the years. We’re lifelong dog lovers so it’s fantastic that we’re part of something that contributes to understanding our dogs and what we can do as owners to make their lives even better.”

Dr Jane Murray, Research Manager for Generation Pup, at Dogs Trust, adds: “It is wonderful that we’ve recruited 4,000 dogs already and we’re so grateful to all the owners who give up their time to help with the study. We would love to reach 10,000 doggy recruits so, if you have a puppy under 16 weeks old please sign up online. The more puppies we have signed up to the study, the greater potential we have to understand more about our dogs and how to help them in the future.”

Generation Pup is open to all breeds and crossbreeds of puppies from anywhere in the UK and Republic of Ireland. Puppies need to be registered onto the project before they are 16 weeks old.

To find out more about Generation Pup or to sign up your new four-legged friend, visit www.generationpup.ac.uk

For more information on Dogs Trust’s Dog School, please visit www.dogstrustdogschool.org.uk/