Cubs' visit from Guide Dogs

Quilla

Quilla

Cubs continued to work on their Disability Awareness Badge this week and were treated to a special visit from Heather and her 11 month old guide dog Quilla.  Heather told us about the role she plays as a 'puppy walker' in the early socialisation and education of guide dogs. Puppies start their early training when they are about six weeks old and stay with their puppy walker until they are about one year old when they are transferred to a training centre to begin their specialised training. The aim of puppy walking is to produce a puppy that is socially well behaved, friendly and responsive to its handler. It is also important that the puppy is at ease in all environments, is relaxed and confident when using all types of transport and learns an acceptable standard of behaviour on the lead.