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The Guide Dogs Training School, in Forfar, opened for business in 2007 and provides foundation training for around 200 dogs each year.
The team at the School includes
- The Training School Manager
- Dog care and welfare staff
- Puppy training supervisors
- Fundraising co-ordinator
- Support staff.
The Training School incorporates the latest ideas in environmental and dog care and welfare facilities. The design of the kennels reflects the latest thinking in dog welfare, being in an ‘L’ shape so the dogs can see and interact with each other and staff.
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.
After their time in the Training School, the dogs then move on to Guide Dog Mobility Instructors (GDMIs) around the country for advanced training that will prepare them for the clients' specific needs.
It is possible for schools and other social groups to book visits to the Training School to have a look around the facilities and see a short demo of the dogs working.
"We look forward to seeing you at the Forfar Training School. To book your visit, please call 0845 372 7408."
- Logan Anderson, Training School Manager
Puppy walking is a vital volunteer role starting guide dog puppies on the road to being fully qualified, life-changing guide dogs. Learn more about puppy walking and how to apply.