Guide Dog school to hold open day

Guide Dog in training

Guide Dog in training

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The Guide Dogs Training School in Forfar will open its doors to the public this month to give members of the local community a unique behind-the-scenes look at the facilities.

Local residents, families, young people and community groups are invited to take part in a free tour on Tuesday, April 7 and Tuesday, April 14.

Visitors will be able to view a guide dogs training demonstration and watch a video about Guide Dogs’ work.

The tour also includes a viewing of the training school’s state of the art kennel block.

Lisa Fairweather, regional coordinator at the training school, said: “If you’ve ever had a question about Guide Dogs and how we train our dogs, the tour will be the perfect time to ask. We’ll have a warm welcome ready and a fun and interesting experience awaits all those who come along.”

Pet dogs are not allowed to join guests on tour, and each tour is limited to 40 places. Please call 0845 372 7408 to book your place.

Approximately 200 dogs per year receive their foundation training at Forfar before moving to instructors around the country for the dogs to be prepared specifically for client needs.

The Guide Dogs Forfar Training School is based at Dean Way, Orchardbank Business Park, Forfar, DD8 1WG and there is free parking.

It opened for business in 2007 when the charity re-located from its premises on Dundee Road.

It incorporates the latest ideas in environmental and dog care and welfare facilities. The site also features an indoor all-weather training area and purpose-designed outdoor area featuring permanent street obstacles.

These are features essential for dogs to experience as part of their training to one day guide a blind or partially sighted person.

For more information phone the training school on 0845 372 7408 or email Forfar@guidedogs.org.uk or visit www.guidedogsscotland.org.uk

There are around 530 guide dog owners in Scotland. It costs £5 per day to support each working guide dog partnership and the lifetime cost of a guide dog is around £50,000. Guide Dogs Scotland is funded entirely through public generosity.