A college in Sussex has found an interesting new way to use guide dogs. The animals already do a remarkable for blind and visually-impaired people, but now the dogs are also helping staff and students at Sussex Downs College reduce their stress and increase their well-being.
The unique scheme also helps the guide dogs to become accustomed to dealing with unfamiliar situations and get used to different people. Malcolm Shaw reports.
The interviewees are students Natasha Duursma and Toby Bett; and Marion Williams from the Eastbourne & Pevensey Bay Guide Dog Group.
We all know what a remarkable job guide dogs do for blind and visually-impaired people.
But now, a college in Sussex has found a new use for the dogs - helping staff and students reduce their stress and increase their well-being.
And socialising is good training for the dogs too, helping them cope with unfamiliar situations in their working lives.
Malcolm Shaw spoke to students Natasha Duursma and Toby Bett, Marion Williams of Eastbourne & Pevensey Bay Guide Dog Group, and Jo Monnickendam from Sussex Downs College.
There's been an increase in the number of guide dogs being attacked by other dogs.
The charity, Guide Dogs, says every month they are having to treat and retrain dogs which have been targeted while they are working.
It's costing the charity thousands of pounds and it's also leaving owners isolated. Stacey Foster reports.
There are more attacks on guide dogs than ever before - with eight reported incidents every month. The Guide dogs charity is now calling for a change to the law. It wants the police to treat the attacks as an assault.