Due to the successful partnerships right across the UK, Hearing Dogs for Deaf People adopts over 200 puppies a year to meet the growing demand for hearing dogs.
The Charity has its own Breeding Scheme and adopts puppies from breeders. We also adopt puppies from rescue centres as and when suitable recruits are identified. The key factors in our selection criteria is the breed, age and personality of the puppy
Typically we train Labradors, Golden Retrievers, English Cocker Spaniels and Miniature Poodles. We do also train a small number of Labrador crosses and Cocker crosses alongside these breeds in order to ensure we have the right dog to match each and all of our applicants.
Puppies are placed in family homes with volunteer puppy socialisers from around eight weeks through to around 12-14 months of age, at which time they return to one of our two Training Centres to begin their soundwork training with our experienced dog training staff.
Towards the end of the four months of soundwork training, the dog is matched to a suitable recipient and they then train together for a week at one of our Training Centres before embarking on a life-changing partnership together.