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We are very pleased to announce that Nick, the Fuss Free Phones guide dog, has passed his training and is about to start work with his new owner.

Both the owner and Nick will train together to learn about each other before Nick becomes a very different mobility aid to a Fuss Free Phone.

The wonderful trainer Laura sent us this picture and said that Nick had done “Really well in his training” and she added “I am sure that he will make a lovely guide dog and will fit into his new life well”.

We looked after Nick for six weeks at the start of his training with Laura. This was under the boarders scheme where dogs in training live with a family at evenings and weekends while going to one of the Guide Dogs Association training centres during the day. It’s a stage after Puppy Walking where guide dogs live with a family for the first year.

Nick, as you can see is a black Labrador. Guide dogs train a variety of different types of dog, most are Labrador/Golden retriever mixes but they also have Labradoodles for people with hair allergies and some German Shepard Dogs.

Fuss Free Phones likes to think that it makes life easier for blind people by helping the keep in touch with friends and family but you’ll never get an affectionate lick from a Doro.

There is a shortage of people to train guide dogs, we saw just how hard Laura and the London mobility team worked to teach Nick, and all the other dogs.

If you too would like to do you bit you can contact Guide Dogs on their website.

Simon Rockman