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!