The Princess unveiled the school by cutting the ribbon and then tip-toed inside to play with 10 puppies, who are currently under training there.
She witnessed the puppies picking up various objects from the floor and putting them inside a washing machine. Each of the puppies also opened the washing machine door.
The Princess then sat on a wheelchair to enable a demonstration by a cute little guide dog called Zeke. He also picked up two objects to show how he could do the job well.
Impressed, the Princess was then shown various training dogs jumping obstacles. She was requested to close her eyes and allow Xalu, another guide dog, to take her around the course. The tour, too, was completed with due honors.
Princess Martha Louise informed at the inaugural that she was immensely pleased to cut the ribbon for the opening. She was delighted to be there for the event and see first-hand the ability of each dog trained to help a differently abled person, who cannot see.
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She said that animals are so wonderful that any human being in their proximity surely experiences freedom, independence and joy. She said she was glad to share that joy in person.
The event saw many musicians’ performances along with Cliff Isaksen. Many influential people spoke on the occasion apart from the Princess. Cliff Isaksen, who cannot see, sang two songs and talked about his life. Isaksen also takes the help of guide dogs for support.
Isaksen said he was confident about walking around the town without having to knock down flower pots or advertising signages. He could go to a school to pick up children and visit shops for his necessities.
The new dog school is built on 1200 square meters to train animals to help differently abled individuals, who cannot see. It is among the most modern facilities in the Nordic countries.
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