A guide dog sponsored by Bewley Homes has now entered the early stage of training to become a life-changing partner to someone living with sight-loss.
Holmes, who is the second dog sponsored by the design-led developer, is now a year and seven months old. He will shortly enter Guide Dog training school, where a professional trainer will work with him using a special brown training harness.
The Labradoodle will learn guiding skills such as dealing with kerbs and avoiding obstacles. By the end of his training, he will be able to use guiding skills in everyday situations.
The next stage will be matching Holmes with a person with sight loss to start partnership training. Once this is complete, Holmes will be a fully qualified guide dog.
Guide Dogs is one of Bewley’s current chosen charities, and a third puppy called Charlie was sponsored earlier this year.
Bewley Homes’ Managing Director Andrew Brooks said: “We’re delighted to hear about the progress Holmes has been making, and we hope his training goes really well. The help Guide Dogs offers to people with sight loss is remarkable, and we are very proud to be supporting this in our charity work this year.”
Denise Clark, Community Fundraising Development Manager for Guide Dogs said: “We would like to thank everyone at Bewley Homes for naming three guide dog pups. As a charity, we rely on donations to continue to provide our services. Every hour, someone in the UK starts to lose their sight and the continued support of Bewley Homes will allow us to make a massive difference to someone living with sight loss.”