GUIDE Dogs for the Blind is looking for Solihull volunteers to guide its canines through the first steps of their training.
The charity is hoping that the borough’s animal lovers will come forward to “puppy walk” some of the dogs. It will be the volunteer’s job to care for and train the pups until they’re 12-14 months old.
During their time with the puppy walker, they will learn basic obedience and get used to the noise and bustle of towns. Once they’re old enough, the pooches are returned to the charity for specialist training.
Karen Ramos, Guide Dogs for the Blind spokeswoman, said: “We’re looking for enthusiastic and dedicated volunteers who can care for the pups full time because at the end of the day, if we don’t have puppy walkers we don’t have guide dogs.
“Puppy walking is challenging and it’s a real commitment to take a puppy in to your home for a year, but with the support of Guide Dogs staff, our volunteers find it extremely rewarding and worthwhile.”
Guide Dogs will provide basic equipment and covers all vet and feeding costs. Volunteers must have access to a car and a garden which is securely fenced off.
Last week, the Solihull News met Lucy and Nottie - two young dogs which are currently being puppy walked. Their training had been funded by Notcutts garden centre, who raised £10,000 for the charity last year.
If you’d like to become a puppy walker call Guide Dogs on 0845 371 7771 or visit www.guidedogs.org.uk/puppywalking.