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Do our pets understand us?

Do our pets understand us?
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“Just look at him – he understands every word we’re saying!” It’s a boast we often hear from doting dog owners, but how much do our canine companions and their feline friends really comprehend?

Scientists have been studying pets’ language learning ability for decades, with some remarkable discoveries.

Catch up with Hounds for Heroes puppy, Bunker

Catch up with Hounds for Heroes puppy, Bunker
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‘Puppy parent’ Grace Brandon shares the latest achievements of her trainee assistance dog, Bunker. The two have been paired up by Hounds for Heroes, a charity that trains dogs to assist former emergency service and armed forces employees who’ve been injured in the line of duty. Petplan continues to follow their story.

Bunker is now 13 months old and is growing into a very handsome boy!

The History of Pets, part 2: Dogs

The History of Pets, part 2: Dogs
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Ever wondered how dogs moved out of the cold and into our homes and hearts? Writer and pet-lover Julian Hall examines the evidence in this second instalment of Petplan's series on the history of pets.

For tens of thousands of years, dogs and people have lived side-by-side. But according to some scientists it's our canine friends that domesticated us rather than the other way around.

A life-changing friendship story of a boy and his dog

A life-changing friendship story of a boy and his dog
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When rescue dog Haatchi came into Owen Howkins' life, no one could have predicted the remarkable boost it would bring the pair, discovers Kath Stathers for Petplan.

Facebook can claim a hand in many relationships, but who would have thought it would bring together an exuberant, three-legged Anatolian Shepherd puppy and a little boy from Basingstoke?

The history of pets, part 1: Cats

The history of pets, part 1: Cats
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Ever wondered how cats, dogs and rabbits came to share our homes and gardens? In the first of a three-part series for Petplan, writer and pet-lover Julian Hall looks at the history of cats...

If you sometimes marvel at how far your cat roams from home, then you'll be amazed at how far our treasured pusses (or 'felis catus' to be precise) have travelled in terms of their evolution.

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