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  Guide Dog Puppy Walkers Needed

Guide dog puppy sitting with ownerA plea from Guide Dogs

This year, why not make a difference to people living with sight loss and help train a puppy?

We are looking for volunteer Puppy Walkers who can look after a puppy in their own home for a year in the Bournemouth area.

We are also in need of puppy boarders who can look after a puppy in their own home. Boarders will be needed for respite care, or when the Puppy Walker needs to leave the puppy for an extended period of time.

Puppy walking is a crucial volunteering role which prepares guide dog puppies for their working life by familiarising them with different environments including the home, towns and public transport. Volunteer Puppy Walkers provide the full-time care and education of a puppy from seven weeks of age until they are between 12 and 14 months old.

Jacqui is a volunteer Puppy Walker, “I regularly take them shopping with me in our local supermarkets. Going out for lunch has become a more regular habit so that the pup learns how to behave in this sort of environment.”

Puppy Walking volunteers meet regularly with a supervisor where they look at the progress of the puppy. There are also requirements and procedures that need to be followed. After completing their time with their Puppy Walkers, our puppies move on to a training school where they begin their formal guide dog training. 

“I would encourage anyone who has the time and interest to become involved. It is a very rewarding and fulfilling thing to do. I would advise them of the time and dedication that is required. This is no different to caring for a young child, everyday your time is filled with teaching and guiding.”

Volunteering is also a great way to meet new people, gain skills, helps build confidence and happiness levels and adds a positive feel good factor to your life. It can give you new challenges and experiences whilst having fun!

If you would like to find out more about any of our volunteering opportunities, please call our Southampton office on 0845 372 7428 or email Hazel on .

To apply to be a Puppy Walker, please visit http://www.guidedogs.org.uk/supportus/volunteering/what-can-i-do/puppy-walkers