Guide dogs in training at Guide Dogs Cymru in Cardiff are finding it a little easier to get to grips with pelican crossings, thanks to a donation from AGD Systems.
The company, which makes the familiar boxes that we press for a signal to cross the road safely has donated some dummy control boxes so the dogs know what to look for – something the dogs have struggled to learn.
AGD says that when it heard Guide Dogs Cymru wanted help with training dogs on pelican crossings, it was delighted to donate some dummy control boxes. The boxes have been mounted so they can be moved to any height on the pole, making it easier for the dogs at the start of their training by putting the controllers at head height, then as they start to learn they are raised higher.
“When you see what a lot of work the trainers, the dogs and their owners have to put in, you can’t help but be impressed,” says AGD’s commercial manager, Greg Baker. “With our roads becoming ever busier, it’s crucial that blind and partially sighted people know where they can cross safely. We’re delighted to be able to help in any way we can.”