BSS guide dog Hilda is making ‘pawsome’ progress

BSS guide dog Hilda is making ‘pawsome’ progress

Introducing Hilda, the newest member of the BSS guide dog family, a beautiful 8-month-old Labrador Retriever.

Named in honour of Managing Director, Paul O’Reilly’s late grandmother, Hilda comes from a home with three dogs, which has played an important part in building her confidence around people and animals.

Guide dog training requires lots of hard work and dedication from our furry friends, but we’re pleased to announce that Hilda’s journey so far has been a triumph. Her report card from the Puppy Training Supervisor clearly shows that she’s made significant progress and is on track to guiding her new master.

After starting her training at just 7 weeks old, Hilda quickly learnt the correct walking pace, developed her personality and adapted well to her life as a guide dog. So far, Hilda has undergone basic training to build on key skills such as stopping at curbs, avoiding obstructions, navigating corners, travelling in a straight line and stopping for oncoming traffic.

Hilda’s trainer describes her as a ‘dream to look after and coach’, adding that her obedience is already impressive, and she has had no issues with learning. She has been dedicated to making good progress and we’re all really proud of her!

In another 6 months, Hilda will go to ‘big school’ where she will have more in-depth 1-2-1 coaching with professional guide dog specialists. From there, we expect Hilda to complete her training around her second birthday.

As a family-run business, we’re passionate about helping the charity, Guide Dogs UK, with their mission of assisting people who are visually impaired.

We hope Hilda continues to excel in her training and will one day help someone navigate situations or obstacles that they would otherwise be unable to.

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Check back in to see how Hilda is progressing on her journey. We’ll continue to share regular ‘pupdates’ and photos along the way!