"DOGS FOR THE DEAF" PROGRAM
Available across the United States.
When at home, Hearing Dogs are trained to alert seniors and others to household sounds that are necessary for everyday safety and independence. Hearing dogs are trained to make physical contact and lead their person to the source of the sound.
When the deaf or hard of hearing are in public a Hearing Dog provides a person with an increased awareness of his or her environment.
Examples of sounds that Hearing dogs can be trained to listen for include: fire and smoke alarms, telephone, oven timer, alarm clock, doorbell or door knock, and a name call, microwave, tea kettle, and washer and dryer.
The process to obtain a Hearing Dog includes:
Training – Lasts four to six months and includes temperament evaluation, obedience training, socialization, and sound training.
Placement - When ready for placement with an approved applicant, the trainer conducts a one-on-one training at the home for approximately one week
Follow up – "Dogs for the Deaf" provides follow up training including guidance and suggestions
With the exception of an application fee, and a refundable deposit, "Dogs for the Deaf" places Hearing Dogs free of charge to qualified applicants.
*Once the dog is placed with a person, the client is financially responsible for the on-going care of the dog.
"Dogs for the Deaf" was one of the first Hearing Dog training centers in the world and is located in Oregon, USA.
"Dogs for the Deaf" also has "Program Assistance Dogs" that assist professionals such as physicians, teachers, counselors, and court room advocates in the treatment of their clients. These dogs can provide a calming effect, allowing professionals to better serve or treat the clients.
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-Service Dogs for Elderly
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