Five puppies attended the training event at Leeds Bradford Airport, with ages ranging from 3 to 8 months. Some of the more advanced puppies were taken through the check in and security procedures to explore the recently developed terminal.
The pups were accompanied by their very special volunteer puppy walkers, who play a vital role in preparing the pups for their future as an assistance dog from a young age.
The thing which is often hardest to achieve is keeping the pups calm in all sorts of situations. The airport provides an excellent setting for this, as it is a microcosm of many of the things that a guide dog could expect to encounter in its life. There are lots of people (that the pups need to ignore), new noises, announcements, and obstacles such as trolleys and wheeled suitcases, as well as different floor surfaces, lifts and stairs. We are very grateful to the staff and passengers at Leeds Bradford Airport for being so accommodating.
– Nicola Morgan, puppy training manager from the Leeds Guide Dog Mobility team