Meet some of our international trained dogs

Here at WKD we have trained and supplied a number of dogs who have gone off to live wonderful lives abroad.

Last year we supplied three Labradors, Marley, Charlie and Alfie, to a charity in Switzerland who have undergone further training to become Guide Dogs.

The charity was so impressed with our services and the temperament and obedience of the dogs that we supplied, that we are currently training a further two Labradors, Susie and Albie, to join them.

Taking into account the specific criteria from the charity, we have specifically selected confident, sociable and biddable dogs and carried out our temperament testing to ensure they would be a good fit for the role as a Guide Dog.

The chosen dogs were then x-rayed for hip/elbow scoring, as well as eye-tested and issued with the relevant vaccinations for a pet passport to live abroad.

Our team then commenced training with the dogs, which took two months. The training included general obedience, good house manners and socialisation in a variety of real-life situations with a mix of different people, all using Swiss commands.

Soleil looks like she’s have a great time in the snowy mountains.
Soleil looks like she’s have a great time in the snowy mountains.

In October 2014 we trained Golden Retriever ‘Soleil’, who has gone on to live with a retired couple out in the snowy mountains in France. They regularly send us updates and pictures, it looks like she is having a great time!

Winston is going to live in sunny California.

This month we have trained Winston, the Hungarian Vizsla, who will travel to his new family in California later this week.

Winston will be living in the San Francisco Bay Area. He will join a family with ‘almost’ 3 young children. He will enjoy long walks on the beaches around Half Moon Bay and all along the San Francisco Peninsula. His new home is in an area populated with horses and deer.

Our training services aren’t just restricted to the UK and as you can see, we are able to offer trained dogs to people around the globe. If you live outside the UK and are looking for a trained dog get in touch to find out how we can help you.

WKD Trained Dogs trained and supplied for a guide dog charity

We recently waved goodbye to four lovely Labradors who boarded a plane to work overseas with a guide dog charity.

A few months ago we were approached by a guide dog charity when a few of their young adult dogs, who they had raised from puppies, failed their final assessment due to hips and elbow scores or their temperament.

After finding our website and chatting to us they booked a flight and came to visit us. On the day of their visit they placed an order for four dogs, one of which was our very own Wally.

We sourced the remaining three dogs and carried out the same temperament test we use for all dogs we source, to make sure they have the correct temperament.

The dogs were trained to our obedient family dog level, were socialised more often than usual and encountered public transport on a regular basis.

After months of hard work, the four dogs went overseas at the end of April and have begun specialist training with the charity.

The charity have since ordered another two dogs from us, which will join them later this year.

The cost of training a guide dog is around £80,000 per dog and the charity believe that with our input they can half the training time from 12 months to 6 months.

We’re so happy to be able to help a charity and wish our dogs the best of luck abroad!