Blogs and News - St George's School For Girls, Edinburgh
Last Wednesday P5 and P6 had a visit from a guide dog puppy in training. His name was Kelvin. Kelvin is three parts retriever and a quarter Labrador. He brought his trainer, Gillian, with him.
Gillian showed us some of the things she does to train him. Kelvin has a lot to learn! He has to guide people around objects and make sure that they don't hit their heads on anything above them. He also has to be able to find a free seat in a busy café and show his person where to sit. He has to help people across the road and show them where to pay for things in the shops.
Kelvin has already been to the cinema and theatre and has had to get used to travelling on trains, buses and trams. All guide dogs have different personalities, just like us, and Kelvin will have to be matched with a person who has as much energy as he has. We found out that it costs £50,000 to train a guide dog but only 50p for a person to get one. This means that any visually impaired person should be able to have one.
We were able to ask lots of questions and some of us even got to stroke Kelvin - he was so soft and fluffy!