Watch as guide dog in training navigates around Newcastle Airport
An adorable young guide dog has been filmed making his way around Newcastle Airport as part of his training.
Budding guide dog Badger made a special visit to the North East’s largest airport with his training handler Darren Ainsley, from the charity Guide Dogs, in order to get used to being in unusual surroundings.
A Go-Pro camera was attached to the 18-month-old yellow Labrador’s harness to capture his journey through the entire airport, including through the departure lounge, the baggage reclaim and he was even screened whilst going through security.
Guide dogs in training are often taken to large spaces such as shopping centres as part of their instruction, so that they can get used to the sights and sounds of the surroundings before being given to aid a visually impaired individual.
Linda Oliver and Zoe (left) with Darren Ainsley and Badger (right).
Badger, who is due to graduate from his training in March 2019, was also accompanied by the charity’s engagement officer Linda Oliver and her own fully-trained guide dog Zoe.
Linda said: “Airports can be daunting places for passengers who have little or no sight.
“Often travellers, who are blind or partially sighted, can feel very anxious when passing through such busy areas on their own.
“By bringing our dogs into the airport, we are able to expose them to so many different situations and scenarios – such as large excitable crowds, shiny floors and security checks.
“Experience like this is vital to the training dog’s development, and guide dogs who have such an opportunity are a great support to their owners who fly regularly.
“I am so glad that Newcastle Airport offered us the opportunity to come in and do some training within the building, and we look forward to working with them again in the future.”
Newcastle Airport’s Chief Operating Officer, Richard Knight, added: “It was an absolute pleasure to welcome Badger, Zoe and the team into the airport.
“The work that the guide dogs do is absolutely imperative to our visually impaired passengers, and we will always be more than happy to assist in the training of the puppies.
“We strive to make Newcastle Airport a place where everyone can feel safe and confident, and we hope that by carrying out exercises like this, we can continue to improve our services.”
To watch Badgers airport journey, click here.