Puppy Helper Experience

Guide Dogs has a Puppy Helper Experience at the National Breeding Centre near Leamington Spa. The half day experience allows visitors to get hands-on with activities including:

  • Meeting and helping us to socialise some of our puppies
  • Touring our puppy facilities and learning about their journey
  • Feeding a litter of puppies (when possible)
  • Learning about how we train our guide dogs
  • Experiencing a blindfold walk
  • Meet a guide dog owner, subject to availability
  • Taking a behind the scenes tour of the centre
  • Sensory Tunnel experience
  • Photo opportunities
  • Refreshments

Puppy Helper Experience coupleGroup sizes will be limited to a maximum of 6 people. The experience can be bought as a celebratory gift, work incentive, or for educational reasons. Visitors will receive a certificate and gift at the end of the session to go with some great memories of these very special dogs. The Guide Dogs service receives no government funding. All the income we raise helps us continue to breed the guide dogs of the future.

General Information

The session last 3 hours. Morning sessions are 10am-1pm, and afternoon sessions are 1.30-4.30pm. The cost is £100 for 1 place, £190 for 2, £270 for 3, £340 for 4, £400 for 5, and £450 for all 6 places.

Sessions runs on Monday mornings, Wednesday afternoons, and Friday afternoons. We receive many requests for dates on a weekend, but are not able to do this.

2017 update – we have now sold all of our 2017 places. Any cancellation places that become available will be advertised on our NBC Facebook page.


"The great interaction and time we were given to play and feed the pups was lovely. The staff were extremely informative and friendly. Thank you so much for making this a special day."

"It was a great experience - I really enjoyed playing with the puppies but also learning about how guide dogs can help blind people. I'd love to go again"

"the children said it was the best day of their lives!"


2018 Dates

We have a limited number of places left for the end of 2018. To book or for further information please email us.

Children Puppy helpers cuddling Guide Dog puppies

Puppy being held by a Puppy Helper

Puppy Helper Experience visitors playing with the puppies