Two-year-old chocolate labrador Fernie, the reading dog, at Winford Primary school in Somerset. February 12 2016. See SWNS story SWREAD: A dog has become the star pupil at a primary school after he learned — how to READ. Fernie (corr), a two year-old chocolate labrador, was introduced to classes as part of a national scheme to give young children motivation and confidence. But since starting at Winford Primary School, near Bristol, Fernie has been taught to recognise commands on four flashcards. Owner and headmaster Nik (corr) Gardner says Fernie can read the words ‘sit’, ‘down’, ‘roll over’ and ‘spin’.

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