Visit to the Guide Dogs Training Centre - December 2008
Heidi had a fascinating day out visiting the Guide Dogs Training Centre. She saw how our current pup Dana receives its lessons, brought in by its Puppy Walkers.
When a guide dog puppy has completed its puppy walking at 12-14 months old, it moves on to the next stage of training, and is assigned to a guide dog trainer. They introduce the dog to wearing a harness, teach it basic obedience commands and how to guide - walking in a straight line, stopping at kerbs and avoiding obstacles.
Every year 1,000 guide dog puppies are bred in the UK. At any one time, Guide Dogs for the Blind, are supporting around 4,600 guide dog partnerships in the UK.
If you are interested adding your support Guide Dogs for the Blind, go to their webpage on www.guidedogs.org.uk