We have a range of experiences available at our Guide Dogs’ centres, from meeting our life-changing puppies at the National Centre to learning more about the training that takes place at our regional centres across the UK. We also offer interactive sessions for schools and groups of young people, so attendees can learn about sight loss and the amazing work we do at Guide Dogs.
The National Centre
The National Centre, formerly known as the National Breeding Centre located just outside of Leamington Spa, is where our puppies begin their journey to become life-changing guide dogs. The centre has room to breed up to 1,500 puppies a year and, since opening our doors in 2011, we have now bred almost 11,000 puppies - that's a lot of life-changers!
We offer scheduled visitor experiences of the National Centre, which are suitable for all ages and abilities, as well as our ever-popular Puppy Helper Experience. Attendees get the chance to see the puppies as they socialise and grow; gaining experience of everyday sights and sounds, which help them develop the skills needed to become guide dogs.
Guide Dogs' regional centres
After their time at the National Centre, our puppies go on to meet their puppy raisers, who support them as they grow and develop. Once they are ready, our dogs go to start their training! We currently have four guide dog regional centres in the country.
You can re-join our dogs for this part of their journey by visiting one of our regional centres where you will meet and interact with some of our guide dogs in training. You will witness some of the wonderful work our trainers do with our dogs and the enthusiasm our dogs exude when they join in with the various tasks.
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