19th Feb, 2020

Guide Dogs will not have to walk far past front door to complete training

TRAINEE guide dogs will not have to walk far past the front door to complete their training.

An imitation pedestrian crossing has been installed in the car park at the charity’s regional centre on Warwick New Road free of charge by Siemens.

It will be used by the some 250 dogs who complete their training at the centre each year.

Part of the dogs’ training – which takes around 20 months – includes finding road crossings and accompanying control boxes to help their owners cross the road safely.

Charity spokesman Graham Kensett said: “We’re extremely grateful to Siemens for installing this vital training aid at our Midlands Regional Centre.

“This crossing point will help us teach our dogs important skills, ensuring they are prepared for when they are guiding somebody living with sight loss.”

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