This month, Dogs with Jobs follows young guide dog Benji over five weeks as he starts “on the job” training with owner John Welsman. 

From their first encounter in June, through two weeks of residential training at a Southampton hotel, instructor-supported training around their home town Petersfield and navigating their way to London via public transport.

After an intense five weeks, Benjy and John are ready to strike out on their own.

Kate Fairweather hears about the highs and lows on this month’s Dogs with Jobs.

John Welsman sitting on bed with Benjy and Breck, retired guide dog
New guide dog Benji and retired colleague, Breck with John Welsman, on location in Southampton for intensive training

Next episode we’ll be meeting Drake, a champion gun dog.

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