This month in training: July 2021

Posted by Matt Sadler

From buses and trains, to shops and settles – our pups and hearing dogs in training have been busy learning lots of new skills. You will also find out what huge achievement cockapoo Flora is celebrating.

1. Kes and Coco are naturals on public transport

Two photos side by side. The first photo shows cocker spaniel Kes and cockapoo Coco waiting a bus stop and the second shows them sitting on a train and looking at the camera

Cocker spaniel Kes and cockapoo Coco ticked off major milestones as they travelled by bus and train together.

This was Coco's first time on a bus, and the first time Kes had travelled on any form of public transport.

They were both very relaxed with the new experiences and are looking forward to their next trip. Great job Kes and Coco.

2. They haven’t been the only passengers this month though...

Two photos side by side. The first photo is of yellow Labrador Klive sitting on a train and looking at the camera. The second is black Labrador Bess smiling as she sits on a train.

Klive (left) and Bess have also been on train journeys and both did a great job relaxing on their trips.

It's important that hearing dog puppies learn to feel completely happy travelling on public transport before they become hearing dogs. If a deaf person frequently gets a bus or train, we want to make sure their new hearing dog is totally comfortable with the experience.

Klive then spent the afternoon having the best time possible with his friends.

3. Biscuit hit the shops

Two photos side by side. The first shows yellow Labrador Biscuit sitting down an aisle in a supermarket and the second shows him settling on a blanket at a cafe

Biscuit is proving to be a superstar when training in public places. Restrictions meant he had little prior experience of environments like shops and restaurants, but Biscuit has adapted brilliantly thanks to his wonderful volunteer trainers.

From keeping his focus in supermarkets, to settling beautifully in cafes, Biscuit has made great strides. Keep up the great work you clever boy.

4. Nelson was very relaxed at a cafe

Two photos side by side. Both photos show miniature poodle Nelson lying under a table at a cafe

Miniature poodle Nelson showed off his lovely settle during a visit to a quiet garden centre café.

Training sessions like this are a great way to gently introduce our pups to public places, and Nelson was very comfortable in a new environment.

5. Cocker spaniel Riley made some new friends

Cocker spaniel Riley is at the front of the photo with her head titled and looking at the camera. Behind her are two donkeys

Hearing dog in training Riley had a great time meeting some donkeys.

It's important our dogs know that other animals - big or small - should be seen as friends and Riley was very relaxed around her new pals.

6. Terrific Turner showed off his lovely focus

Black Labrador puppy Turner sitting on the grass and looking up at his volunteer puppy trainer

Black Labrador pup Turner showed his amazing focus during an outdoor puppy training class at The Grange.

Turner is in the first stage of his hearing dog training, which we call the Puppy One Star and he is concentrating on mastering his basic cues like sit and wait, as well as starting to explore the world around him.

Well done Turner, that is so impressive for such a young pup.

7. Luna has been working on her impulse control

Our training is reward based and this reward can be anything from a treat and verbal praise, to fuss and cuddles, depending on what the pup enjoys.

Luna is learning if she waits patiently, she'll get her treat and lots of encouragement.

8. Flora is going to change a deaf person's life

We have some amazing news to bring you...

Cockapoo Flora has passed her final assessment to be a life-changing hearing dog!

Congratulations to Flora's wonderful team, who have helped her grow into such a special girl. We can't wait to see the difference you are going to make Flora.

Meet the pups in our Puppy Training Scheme

These cute puppies are training to become life-changers. Sponsor them from £3 a month and follow their journey as they learn how to help a deaf person.

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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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