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Have you thought about becoming a puppy sitter, however not sure if you have the experience required? Although Vision Australia Seeing Eye Dogs is based in Kensington, volunteers are needed from all over Victoria to help raise our world-class dogs, and yes, that includes having a strong puppy care team in regional areas. Brittany McCarthy, puppy development trainer for Bendigo Seeing Eye Dogs, and her local group of twenty puppy sitters think the city is the best place in Victoria to help raise a puppy, but they need help doing it. MORE NEWS: ‘Ten times Melbourne average’: Loddon area struggles most with childcare shortage. The report says, “There are so many great places to train puppies in Bendigo,” she said. “It’s a friendly community where puppies are always welcome. There are so many places to walk and right now grab a coffee to go that it’s perfect for puppy training. The benefit is that both exercise and play needs are met.” social distancing”. Puppy care is caring for a Guide Dog puppy from eight weeks of age. During that time, it is the caretaker’s responsibility to teach the dog some basic skills, such as waiting, going to the bathroom on command, and walking properly on a leash, among other things. OTHER STORIES: The 12 month puppy care program is available in Bendigo and surrounding regions including the Macedon Ranges, Hepburn and Mount Alexander. While you will have to return the puppy when it enters formal training at Kensington, there is always the option of taking care of another puppy right away. Keepers have said it’s both a happy and sad time because they know they’re helping people who are blind or have low vision live the life they choose with a guide dog. Mrs. McCarthy said region All areas have a lot to contribute to raising one of these pups. MORE NEWS: Surprising Echuca Trotters Cup wins her career high for Zarem “I think it’s important to increase puppy sitters in regional areas like Bendigo because people here have a lot to give,” she said. “We’re building an amazing community of like-minded people who love dogs and want to give back. There are even more people we haven’t reached yet who could earn as much as they give from our program.” , the Seeing Eye Dogs sitter program can offer connection, community and support as you embark on an exciting new journey with a pup.” For more information, visit www.seeingeyedogs.org.au. Our journalists work hard to bring local news updates to the community. Here’s how you can access our trusted content:

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