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On the trail

"Dogs on the scent of better behaviour," headlined a press release from Edinburgh University.

This immediately sounded like the hallmarks of a quirky tale, with some canine backing for the Better Behaviour, Better Learning agenda. Alas, no: it was a piece of research which seemed to find that dogs can be helped to behave better by wafting special scents through kennels and corridors.

Teacher's best friend, perhaps?

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