Guide Dogs’ is appealing for volunteers across Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and South Yorkshire to socialise guide dog puppies, a volunteering role known as ‘Puppy Walking’.
These crucial volunteers provide the full-time care and education of a puppy from six weeks of age until they are between 12 and 14 months old when the puppies are then returned to the charity to begin their formal guide dog training.
Puppy walkers prepare guide dog puppies for their working life ahead. This consists of familiarising them with different environments, including the home, towns and public transport. Guide Dogs’ supplies basic equipment and will cover all veterinary and feeding expenses.
Dave Clough, Guide Dogs’ Volunteer Development Co-ordinator, said: “We’re looking for enthusiastic and dedicated volunteers who can care for the puppies full-time for the first year of their life. Puppy walking is challenging and requires commitment but with the support of Guide Dogs staff, our volunteers find puppy walking extremely rewarding and worthwhile.”
A young guide dog puppy is a full-time companion for his or her interim owners, who find it rewarding to raise a dog who will one day give a blind or partially-sighted person a new independence by acting as their eyes.
To become a puppy walker, volunteers will need to be with the puppy the majority of the day and able to take their puppy into many varied environments, have access to a car and a securely fenced yard or garden.
If you would like to request more information about becoming a puppy walker or other volunteering opportunities with the charity, please call Guide Dogs’ on 0845 371 7771 or email firstname.lastname@example.org You can also visit www.guidedogs.org.uk/puppywalking