17 Feb 2014

Puppies in training

From Jesse Mulligan, 1–4pm, 2:09 pm on 17 February 2014

Baxter is only 12 weeks old, but there is something special about the Labradoodle Golden Retriever cross. He is one of only three puppies being trained as assist dogs to help those with epilepsy. Dogs have been trained in assisting roles since 2000, but this is the first time puppies have been introduced. Only three other countries use dogs in this way. Currently only 13 epilepsy assist dogs exist in New Zealand. Wanaka-based head trainer for the New Zealand Epilepsy Assist Dogs Trust, Leone Ward is documenting Baxter's journey.