Say hello to hearing dog puppy Oshi

Posted by Matt Sadler

Seven-month-old Oshi is currently in the second stage of his hearing dog training, working towards passing the Puppy Two Star award.

We caught up with his volunteer puppy trainer to find out a bit more about this clever cocker spaniel.

Oshi with a picture-perfect close-up

How would you describe Oshi?

Big! He is our third spaniel and at seven months is already the heaviest. He is so friendly and loves it when people come to visit. He’s always wagging his tail, which is very long.

He loves pinching socks. Every morning he will go into the boys’ bedrooms and if any socks have been left on the floor, he will take one and parade it around the house and show everyone how clever he is.

Hearing dog puppy Oshi with his puppy one star award

How does he behave around other dogs?

He loves all dogs, especially other spaniels.

What do you enjoy most about training Oshi?

He’s just so loving and keen to learn. He’s currently working on his lead work on the harness and collar.

What is he doing really well?

He’s doing really well with his impulse control. We can leave treats on his paws and he won’t touch them until we let him.

Oshi displaying his impressive impulse control

What does Oshi need to practise?

He needs to get better at not jumping up. He can get very excited when someone comes home. We have to have a supply of toys by the front door to distract him.

Oshi with one of his favourite toys

What will he be learning next?

He’s going to practise wearing his burgundy jacket and he has first proper trip to the groomers.

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Hi everyone, I'm Matt and I look after the Charity's social media, blog and e-newsletter.

I spend a lot of my day talking about our hearing dog superstars - it's a hard life!

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