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Retailer hosts enriching guide dog training day at its showroom

Yorkshire Care Equipment guide dogs training day image

Harrogate-based Yorkshire Care Equipment recently hosted a training day for guide dogs at its showroom, with an aim of teaching the dogs how to help humans who may have physical disabilities.

Bringing along some of its newest recruits, the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association hoped that the training day would allow its dogs to be able to get to grips with the environments they will be working in alongside their owners.

Allowing them to get used to different sounds and smells, the dogs were walked around various products and obstacles in the showroom.

The training was arranged in conjunction with Henshaws, a charity supporting people with sight loss and other disabilities.

Gary Hornsby-Shawe, Retail Advisor at Yorkshire Care Equipment, said: “We’ve been working with Henshaws for about 10 years now, so when they told us about the guide dog training we jumped at the chance.

“It was a great experience to have them training in the showroom, and it was quite spectacular to see how quickly they can overcome new challenges and distractions like mobility equipment. We’ll make sure to get some dog treats in next time they’re training here!”

Yorkshire Care Equipment guide dogs training day imageGary Horsnby-Shawe supplied equipment to the Guide Dogs charity

The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association bought an electric wheelchair from Yorkshire Care as well as an electrical wheelchair add-on that will be used to train the dogs in future. In hopes that the dogs can get used to how the equipment works and moves, the charity is looking to regularly use the equipment.

Lee Stanway, Head of Specialist Services for the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association, commented: “The number of applications for a guide dog from people in wheelchairs is increasing and our service is adapting to meet this demand.

“The staff at Yorkshire Care are friendly and knowledgeable and Guide Dogs staff who attended the training workshop felt they learned a lot and benefited from their time there.

“We hope that more of our staff can attend Henshaw’s course in the future and that we can continue to work with Yorkshire Care as part of our training programme.”

Yorkshire Care is now an official supplier to the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association and will continue to provide mobility equipment, the use of its showroom facilities and staff knowledge to help new puppies in training.

The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association is a charity that provides training for guide dogs.


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