In reality, it’s a team effort – and not an easy task.

The puppy is starting to get used to the area it lives in.

It will learn how to negotiate flights of stairs, busy shopping areas and various means of transport.

It will also get used to being around people and other dogs. A professional guide dog trainer will introduce the puppy to a special brown training harness.

The Guide Dogs story started in 1931 with two amazing British pioneers, Muriel Crooke and Rosamund Bond. Each guide dog partnership involves 20 months of training, seven years of support – and costs around £50,000?

These remarkable women organised the training of the first four British guide dogs from a humble lock up garage in Wallasey, Merseyside. Today Guide Dogs is the world's largest breeder and trainer of working dogs. There are two interesting features of guide dog puppy training: We introduce the dogs to obstacles gradually, and teach them to navigate their way round.

And thanks to our dedicated staff and volunteers – and vital donations – we’ve helped over 29,000 people to achieve life-changing independence. It can take a while to master, but when the dogs get it right the trainer gives them lots of encouragement and maybe even a little treat!

It’s a popular misconception that a guide dog will know when to cross the road by waiting for the green light.

The puppy is living with its mum and siblings in a Guide Dogs volunteer’s home.

As well as playing, exploring and napping, the puppy will go to our state of the art breeding centre at six weeks for health checks and immunisations.

The puppy has now moved to its Puppy Walker’s home In our visitors case it is Eve & Ben.

During these crucial months, the dog will start learning good manners and basic commands, such as ‘sit’ and ‘down’ – as well as how to walk on the lead.