Virgin Trains and the British Transport Police have joined forces to help a guide dog get accustomed to the railway environment.
For most of us, getting on and off a train is not a matter of concern and barely something we pay any attention to. But for a person who is blind or partially sighted this can prove a dangerous and stressful exercise. That is why getting on and off trains is an important step during the training of guide dogs.
Skippy is a 14-month-old Labrador guide dog with a slight phobia of high train steps. So to help his trainer Zoe Aird, BTP Sergeant Jane Evans contacted Virgin Trains and asked if Skippy could spend a bit of time practicing getting on and off a train carriage.
The exercise was quite a success, and after 20 minutes and a few reward treats, Skippy was feeling a bit more confident. No doubt we will see him back soon to carry on his railway familiarisation.