GUIDE DOGS: Could you be a puppy walker?

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Guide Dogs have made a life-changing difference to people without sight loss for 85 years, enabling them to live the life they want.

Our dogs start preparing for their important role from when they are puppies by being introduced to a variety of social situations and places, among other things.

Our amazing army of volunteer puppy walkers make this happen by taking pups into their homes from the age of six weeks until they go onto further training at about 14 months. We need to add to their ranks, particularly in the area from Hexham towards the coast, as far north as Morpeth.

Puppy walking is a demanding, but hugely rewarding role. We ask that you don’t leave the pup for more than a couple of hours, particularly in the early days, and that you have a private, enclosed garden with a hard area. We also ask you to attend monthly puppy classes and have regular meetings with Puppy Walking Trainers.

In return, you will have the pleasure of seeing a cute little pup develop into the fledgling guide dog, who will make such a difference to someone’s life.

To find out more, please contact 08453717771, or volunteer@guidedogs.org.uk

Claire Devine

Volunteering Consultant