Giv­ing a puppy a head start

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

Pup­pies in train­ing to be­come guide dogs are look­ing for car­ing fam­i­lies to vol­un­teer their time to be­come puppy walk­ers.

The Royal New Zealand Foun­da­tion of the Blind is ask­ing for host fam­i­lies for 12 months to help the pup­pies so­cialise be­fore they en­ter for­mal guide dog train­ing.

All pup­pies are able to go most places with their fam­i­lies such as restau­rants, shops, buses and trains.

Full sup­port will be pro­vided, from food, equip­ment, ve­teri­nary care (in­clud­ing worm­ing and vac­ci­na­tions) to reg­u­lar vis­its from the or­gan­i­sa­tion.

Vol­un­teer puppy walk­ers should have only one preschool-aged child at home, have a fully fenced and dogse­cure sec­tion, be phys­i­cally ac­tive and fit, and not work full­time so that they have enough time to so­cialise the puppy.

Help wanted: Can you help so­cialise a fu­ture guide dog?

Email gds@rnzfb.org.nz, phone 269 0400 or go to rnzfb.org.nz/pup­py­walk­ing for more in­for­ma­tion.

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