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Hearing Dogs

Hearing dogs are trained to alert their owners to common sounds like doorbells, oven timers, smoke alarms, telephones, babies’ cries, or alarm clocks. Hearing dogs make physical contact with their masters, nudging or pawing them to get their attention. Most are trained to lead their handlers toward the source of a sound. 




Hearing Dogs at home.

Our Hearing Dogs are custom-trained to assist people who are deaf or hard of hearing with sounds such as:

Smoke and Carbon Monocide Alarms
Microwave Beeping
Telephone
Cell Phone
Kitchen Timer
Door Bell and Knocking


They are trained to make physical contact and lead their person to the source of the sound. Through sound awareness and companionship, these dogs provide greatly increased freedom.

Hearing Dogs in public.

Many people are curious about what Hearing Dogs can do for people who are deaf or hard of hearing when they’re in public. The most important thing a Hearing Dog provides a person in public is an increased awareness of his or her environment. A Hearing Dog isn’t specifically trained to alert to sounds, such as a siren or honking horn, in public. But, when a person who is deaf or hard of hearing takes a Hearing Dog into public, he or she will gain an awareness of the environment by paying attention to whatever the Hearing Dog is reacting to. When the dog hears something and looks, the person will notice and turn to see what’s happening as well.

In pubic, a Hearing Dog is trained to respond to someone calling the handlers name and alert the handler to this and orient (point at) the person doing the calling.

Companionship 

Reduces feeling of isolation often faced by people with hearing loss



A FEW OF OURWORKING DOGS

Sophie and Lucy, a German Shepard and Molly a mix (Lucy and Molly not shown) are all hearing dogs.