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Guide Dogs 'Buddy Dogs' service to be rolled out in Wales

Guide Dogs is now rolling out the Buddy Dog service throughout Wales.

Buddy dogs enable children and young people with a vision impairment to enjoy the benefits and friendship of a well-behaved dog. They can have a positive effect on the wellbeing of a sight-impaired child by helping to develop their self-confidence, improve relationships and build a greater sense of fun and trust in themselves and others. They can also help increase physical activity, although they are not a mobility aid.

Buddy dogs come from Guide Dogs stock and have the same early foundation training, but follow a different career path from a guide dog.

A recent story on BBC's Newsround, the television news programme for children, showed how having a Buddy Dog has helped an 11-year old boy from Anglesey who has nystagmus and albinism. You can see the film here.

To find out more, ring 0800 781 1444 or visit the Guide Dogs website.

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