07 Feb '12, 5am

Stray dogs in China to be trained to assist elderly people and those hard of hearing

Stray dogs in China to be trained to assist elderly people and those hard of hearing

Three people with hearing disabilities with dogs from a training center for guide dogs in Beijing in May, 2011. A project to train stray dogs to assist elderly people and those with hearing disabilities has been launched. -- PHOTO: CHINA DAILY 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.

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