GUIDE Dogs for the Blind is appealing for puppy-walking volunteers in Ellesmere Port.
They would join the team which cares for and educates guide dog pups in their own homes, from six weeks of age to about 12 months, when they begin their specialised training.
Shirley Cohen, Guide Dogs volunteer development adviser, said: 'Puppy-walking is challenging and a big commitment but our volunteers find it extremely rewarding and worthwhile.
'Guide Dogs provides volunteer puppy walkers with a supervisor to make sure professional support and help is always at hand and to ensure the pup is successfully prepared for the next stage of its guide dog training.'
Guide dog pups spend most of their first year with their puppy walkers, who teach them basic obedience and house training and get them used to a home environment, noise and the bustle of towns.
They prepare the pups for
their working life, which includes taking them on public transport.
Guide Dogs for the Blind supplies basic equipment and pays for all veterinary and feeding expenses.
Becoming a puppy walker is a full-time commitment and volunteers need to have access to a car, be home for most of the day and be able to take their puppy into many varied environments - sometimes busy town centres.
They should live in suitable accommodation at ground floor level with direct access to a yard or garden, which will also need to be securely fenced so the puppy remains safely within its confines.
A guide dog puppy cannot be placed with a volunteer who has children under three.
Other pets in the home can be an advantage, providing they are puppy-friendly.
* For more information, contact Shirley Cohen on 0113 2844 224, 07990 540 228 or email@example.com .uk