As September is National Therapy Dog Awareness Month, Guide Dogs NSW/ACT would like to take this opportunity to recognise all the life-changing services our Therapy Dogs have been able to provide to people in difficult, stressful or traumatic situations.
It takes close to two years to raise, train and transform playful pups into brilliant Guide Dogs - a journey only made possible by the monthly support of people like our Puppy Sponsors. This weekend, Guide Dogs NSW/ACT hosted a Puppy Play Day at the Guide Dogs Centre in Glossodia, as a special thank you event for these wonderful Puppy Sponsors.
Oral Health Therapist Louise and Owner of Plumbing Company Sam are a newly wedded couple that have always had pet dogs growing up and talked about having a dog of their own. After tying the knot last year, they became fur-parents by volunteering as Puppy Raisers for Guide Dogs NSW/ACT and are now raising three–month–old Kingsley.
Today is a proud day for five Graduating Guide Dogs as they received their very first harness at a special Guide Dog NSW/ACT ceremony in Port Macquarie after completing five months of intensive training at the Guide Dog Centre. This is the first time a Guide Dog presentation ceremony has taken place in the Mid North Coast which is an exciting way to mark the conclusion of Guide Dog Training and the start of the next life-changing chapter for these incredible dogs.
Walking your dog is so much more than just a physical activity. In addition to the health benefits from getting active, it’s also extremely beneficial for behaviour training, socialisation and developing the bond between the dog and their owner. To assist all pooches and their owners with daily dog walks, we’ve asked our Guide Dog Mobility Instructor, Eddie Sullivan, to share his top three dog walking tips.
It was a big weekend for Guide Dogs NSW/ACT at The Dog Lovers Show, the world's greatest festival for dog lovers and one of the largest dog events in the world. The Dog Lovers Show took place at the Royal Hall of Industries in Moore Park, Sydney where thousands of passionate dog lovers and over 500 beautiful dogs united to celebrate everything we love about our furry friends.
Guide Dogs NSW/ACT has just launched a new Home Whelping and Puppy Rearing Program and is now seeking local volunteers in the Richmond, Windsor, Penrith and Hills areas, to play an invaluable role in helping bring the next generation of Guide Dog puppies into the world.
Six years ago when Chrissy was in her final year of university, she was suddenly diagnosed with Stargardt's Disease, a disease that causes progressive damage of the retina which is responsible for sharp and straight ahead vision. Chrissy’s central vision began to deteriorate, and for the past two years she’s depended on her Guide Dog Lacey to get around safely and independently.
Australia is a self-confessed nation of dog lovers but Aussie dog owners are putting their four-legged friends’ health and happiness at risk by not walking them as frequently as they should be, according to new research and industry experts.