Hope began her journey to become a fully-fledged guide dog at the Guide Dogs National Breeding Centre (NBC) where she was bred from a specially chosen breeding pair called Mocha and Evan. Hope’s parents were chosen owing to their physical and temperamental qualities as it is vital that guide dog pups are intelligent and good-natured.
Hope was then vaccinated and assessed at the NBC and assigned a puppy walker. Hope will stay with her puppy walker for her first year while she is trained in basic commands and exposed to the sights, sounds and smells of the world around her.
Hope will then be sent to guide dog training school where she will be given more formal training in guiding and protecting a person with sight loss.
We are so proud to be supporting Hope through her development and doing our bit to help out this life-changing cause – offering companionship and guidance to one of the 180,000 people living with sight loss in the UK.
Hope is already proving to be an active and affectionate puppy, so we look forward to watching her grow and learn over the coming months. Watch this space for future ‘pupdates’ on her progress!
For more information on guide dogs or to adopt one of your own head to the website to find out more: https://guidedogs.org.uk/