Meet some VWD puppies in training, destined for new adventures and life-changing roles.
of our pups are carefully selected from initial breeding, for
health, temperament and their potential as future assistance dogs.
Once the puppies have left the litter, their needs change and they begin to learn to how to adapt in our world.
Each puppy is unique and each set of experiences are unique too. The impact of
the puppy socialisers' work throughout this phase is invaluable.
Meeting and greeting people in a friendly, calm and controlled way is all part of the training that our puppies need to learn. When out in public with a VWD puppy, our volunteer puppy socialisers get approached by many people. Fortunately, most people know to ask
before petting or approaching the puppy. Once permission has been given,
the puppy needs to be well behaved and under control.
Assistance dogs need to be able to travel and adjust to new surroundings and people. Taking a puppy to various locations and seeing different people and animals are
part of the socialisation process that is so important for a future assistance
dog. Our volunteer puppy socialisers are responsible for these early
interactions and experiences, and whilst fun, is an extremely important part of the whole learning our puppies need to go through.