Nine puppies taken in by a Reaseheath College tutor are being trained up by learners.

The 11-week-old pups are all crosses between a Staffordshire bull terrier and an American bulldog, and were born shortly after their heavily pregnant mother was rescued by the Animal Lifeline charity.

The college’s canine programme leader, Emma Caskie, fostered the new born dogs and brought them to work, where they have been nursed to full health.

Now, the puppies have been learning key life lessons with the help of canine behaviour students, including socialising with humans and basic training.

“The next step for these puppies is to learn how to interact well with humans and other animals and to be introduced to collars and leads,” explained Ms Caskie. “Our students need to learn about puppy training and socialisation, and they have also been able to see the consequences of irresponsible dog breeding.”

“It’s been nice to give these puppies a positive experience at such an early stage in their lives. It’s also been great fun for us, and we’ve learned a lot from it ourselves,” added student Lucy King.

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