Guide Dog Training in Leamington Spa

PUBLISHED: 08:59 18 November 2010 | UPDATED: 18:11 20 February 2013

Kate visited the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association Training Centre in Warwickshire and was led blindfolded through the obstacle course with the aid of Otis and trainer Claire

Kate visited the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association Training Centre in Warwickshire and was led blindfolded through the obstacle course with the aid of Otis and trainer Claire

Wiltshire magazine is proud to announce the start of a year-long collaboration with the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association. Kate Wood visits the Guide Dog Training Centre in Leamington Spa and has a fun day out with the puppies!

Wiltshire magazine is proud to announce the start of a year-long collaboration with the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association. Kate Wood visits the Guide Dog Training Centre in Leamington Spa and has a fun day out with the puppies!



The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association (GDBA) has a vision for a world in which all people who are blind or partially sighted enjoy the same rights, opportunities and responsibilities as everyone else. Their mission is to provide guide dogs, mobility and other rehabilitation services that meet the needs of blind and partially sighted people. They have been providing guide dogs to blind and partially sighted people for nearly 80 years, and they also fund major research projects into eye care and eye health.


They campaign vigorously to make streets safer for visually impaired people and are entirely dependent on voluntary contributions.
Every year over 1,000 puppies are bred at the National Breeding Centre in Warwickshire. There is also a network of volunteer Puppy Walkers whose role is to provide a home and initial socialisation and training for the pups from the age of around 8 weeks until they are approximately 12 months old. Once they are deemed ready, they leave the Puppy Walker and enter the next stage of their training at Leamington Spa. Training is rigorous and takes many months. Once training is complete, dogs are matched to potential owners and four weeks of intensive training follows. On completion of this training a partnership is forged which lasts until the dog is retired.


In Wiltshire there are 19 puppy walkers, 32 guide dog owners and 7 volunteer fundraising branches, and in future issues we will be taking a closer look at the work they do.

Could you be a puppy walker?



This is our chance to change a life. It costs over 5,000 to breed and puppy walk each guide dog puppy, and with your help and through these pages we hope to help the Wiltshire fundraising branches reach this figure. To enquire about puppy walking, boarding, being a collection box co-ordinator, driving or fundraising, call 0845 371 7771..


Make contact!



Alan Fletcher:"shiralan@fletcas.freeserve.co.uk,
01793 827589 (Swindon area).
Michelle Parsons: michelle.parons@guidedogs.org.uk, 07765 222596 (Devizes, Chippenham, Corsham, Malmesbury, Marlborough and Melksham areas).
Kirsty Necker: kirsty.necker@guidedogs.org.uk (Salisbury and surrounding areas).
Martyn Mills: martyn.mills@guidedogs.org.uk (Trowbridge, Warminster and Westbury areas).

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