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Meet Frank, the 200th dog to be 'puppy walked' in NI

Lorna Boyde with puppy Frank, who is the 200th puppy to be 'puppy walked' in Northern Ireland. Picture by Hugh Russell

MEET Frank, the 200th dog to be 'puppy walked' in Northern Ireland.

The adorable golden retriever, who is just 12 weeks old, joined a puppy training class in Belfast today to mark the occasion.

He is among the pups being cared for and trained by foster puppy walker families across the north.

Puppy walkers play a vital role in the early socialisation and education of guide dogs, with the aim of producing a puppy that is socially well behaved, friendly and responsive to the handler.

They are taken into a foster home at around six weeks of age and are looked after until they are around one year old before they begin a new adventure when they are transferred to the Guide Dogs training school in Forfar, Scotland.

Frank will stay with his foster family until he is around one year old. Picture by Hugh Russell

Lorna Boyde with puppy Frank, who is the 200th puppy to be 'puppy walked' in Northern Ireland. Picture by Hugh Russell

Lorna Boyde with puppy Frank, who is the 200th puppy to be 'puppy walked' in Northern Ireland. Picture by Hugh Russell

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