Dogs learn to respond to verbal commands and hand signals and are taught to work for treats, toys and affection.
Hearing Ear Dogs work with children and adults as part of a two unit team where the partner is able to handle the dog completely independently.
They are trained to make physical contact and lead their teammates to the source of the sound.
For people with hearing impairment, the absence of sound can be life-threatening!
A fire breaks out during the night and the fire alarms, placed to save lives, are useless to the person with a hearing impairment. They may not wake up in time to escape the flames. Now, picture the same scene above, only this time the person with a hearing impairment has a Hearing Ear Dog. The alarm sounds and the dog springs into action. Quickly the dog awakes the person and the person is able to find a safe way out for themselves and the dog.
In addition to actually signaling sounds, Hearing Ear Dogs provide many emotional benefits as well. They give their owners a sense of freedom and renewed self-esteem.
4 Paws places Hearing Ear Dogs with children as long as they are able to independently handle the service dog and do not need any support from a parent or adult. Hearing Ear Dogs can ease the frustration, pain, and anger that often accompanies a hearing disability. They also feel safer when they are alone with their Hearing Ear Dogs.
They are less likely to feel lonely and isolated from a world designed with only the hearing in mind.
- The Hearing Ear Dog can become a bridge providing more opportunities to socialize while out and about in a “hearing” world.
- People with hearing impairments and utilize a Hearing Ear Dog, report that they feel better equipped to function in a hearing world.
- Hearing Ear Dogs are trained to alert their owners to a variety of different sounds.
- When the dog hears any of the noises they are trained to recognize, they get their owners attention and lead them to the sound.
4 Paws dogs are trained to work in any situation! Some of the sounds these dogs can be trained to respond to include but are not limited to:
- Someone knocking at the door
- Alarm clock
- Smoke Detectors
- Someone calling their owner’s name
- Police and emergency vehicle sirens
- Car horns