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Guide Dogs Scotland has launched a new children’s and young people’s service.

Buddy Dogs bring a new friend into the lives of children with sight loss.

Pamela Munro, the charity’s engagment officer, said: “By helping to develop their self-confidence, improve relationships and build a greater sense of trust, these dogs can have a hugely positive effect on a child’s well-being and their families too.”

A buddy dog is a friendly, well-behaved pet dog which gives children the responsibility of caring for a dog.

It is not a guide dog so it cannot be used as a mobility aid for sighted assistance.

But buddy dogs are suited to children with vision impairment between the ages of five and 18.

Discovery sessions via webinar are being held for parents/carers who would like to find out more.

To book a place, contact the advice line on 0800 781 1444 or email for full instructions.

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