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Guide Dogs for the Blind.

The entry below is a synopsis of our speakers talk on 17th March 2017.

The Presentation this week was by Mrs Irene Maloney entitled "Guide Dogs for the Blind".

Irene brought along her dog Yana and a friend Jackie with her current dog in training Edna.

In the talk we were told of the history of the service which started in 1931 in Wallasey Merseyside up to today also the life the of the dogs from birth to retirement which is normally 10 years. As soon as the puppies can be taken from the mother they are passed on to volunteer walkers, whose job is to take the puppies into everyday situations outside of the home to acclimatise them to all sorts of different noises and distractions, this can take from 6 months to a year.

The dogs work training starts then to see if the puppy has the correct temperament to become a guide dog and to catalogue its behaviour characteristics ie normal walking speed, dog height, etc this could last up to 2 years a potential user is then chosen who has to go to a training site for a month to be trained with the dog before they are allowed to take it home. The cost from birth to retirement per dog is about £55,000 and the association has around 8,000 dogs under their care.

A very interesting talk which was well received by our members.

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