Pudsey inspires skateboarding canine fad

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Britain’s dogs are becoming more talented thanks to the “Pudsey effect”, according to a survey by the Kennel Club.

Almost one-third of dog owners said the fact that the dog, named Pudsey, had won a recent televison talent show Britain’s Got Talent, in turn encouraged them to develop their own pet’s abilities.

More than half said they spent up to five hours a week training their dog skills such as tackling obstacles, dancing to music or riding a surfboard or skateboard.

The survey questioned 1,084 people by YourSayPays, was commissioned by the Kennel Club to launch its annual Crufts Factor competition.

The most popular skill taught to pets was basic obedience.