Don’t be fooled by his innocent puppy eyes, this golden retriever has a serious job to do.

Guide dog puppy-in-training Fintan has been living with Sue Drinkwater and her daughter Sarah since April 21 when he was six weeks old.

Kristin School student Sarah volunteered to be a puppy walker for a school project. It takes about two years to fully train a guide dog including regular assessments to see how they are developing.

Sarah says she’s having a lot of fun with Fintan in their Mairangi Bay home.

Puppies-in-training need to be socialised with many people in different situations, but long-term they need to be able to ignore people and concentrate on their work.

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