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Rex the puppy starts guide dog training in Otley
8:00am Monday 23rd September 2013 in News
A new guide dogs puppy is learning his first skills in Otley.
Rex, a black Labrador, will receive early training from volunteer puppy walker Cath Goulborn over the next 12 months.
Guide dog puppies begin their training at about six weeks and stay with their walker for about a year before going on to ‘school’ to learn specialised skills.
Walking the puppies helps them get used to crowds, cars, and buses to ensure they become well behaved, friendly and responsive to their handler. Puppy training supervisor Nicola Morgan said: “Having a new pup is just like having a new baby in that the walkers will be tired and anxious at first.
“They will have to introduce the puppies to all sorts of different scenarios during their socalisation period.”
To volunteer to puppy walk or fundraise for guide dogs – the charity spends nearly £50,000 on the training and care of each dog from birth to retirement – visit guidedogs.
org.co.uk or call (0118) 983 5555.
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