Five black Labradors showed off their new tricks at a Guide Dogs Tasmania graduation ceremony on Tuesday.
Three of the graduate pooches are now ready to find a new home, while the other two have now completed initial training with their new best friends.
The graduating cohort was the first batch of guide dogs trained in Northern Tasmania in more than a decade, according to Guide Dogs services Tasmania coordinator Kim Ryan.
“They've undertaken an intensive training program of four to six months, learning all the skills to be a guide dog - stopping at curbs, finding the doorways and locating destinations,” she said.
Edward Cartwright and his new guide dog Izzy celebrated their shared completion of a 10-month training program at the Invermay Bowls Club-hosted event.
Mr Cartwright said Izzy faced some early hiccups in her new vocation, however she is now comfortable in her adopted home.
“When she came to stay with me she was very eager to please, meaning she wasn't really listening to what the boss wants,” he said.
“She was from Western Australia originally, then to Hobart and now to Wynyard, so it takes time to learn.”
Mr Cartwright emphasised the uniqueness of the special relationship between guide dogs and their owners.
“A guide dog relationship is one of those 24 hours a day, 7 day a week type of relationships.
“If I go into the bathroom she comes in and sits in the bathroom, if we're going for a walk she'll carry on, at night she sleeps on my slippers – we go everywhere together.”