Mandurah taxi drivers given guide to working with dogs


Annie Abbott with Nessie and (back) John Ritchie, Steven Baker and Mark Wilson.  Picture: Jon Hewson www.communitypix.com.au   d472985
Annie Abbott with Nessie and (back) John Ritchie, Steven Baker and Mark Wilson. Picture: Jon Hewson www.communitypix.com.au d472985

MANDURAH Taxi drivers were taught about guide and helper dogs to assist customers with vision impairment and other disabilities.

Drivers were told not to pat, feed or distract dogs while they were working, expecially when they were in their harness or training coat.

Mandurah Taxis has been sponsoring puppies being trained to be seeing eye dogs or assistance dogs for the past two years.

It costs about $50,000 and takes up to two years to fully train a seeing eye dog.

There is a waiting list of people waiting for guide or helper dogs as they can bring such benefits and independence for people living with disabilities.

To sponsor a puppy, visit http://seda.visionaustralia.org.

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