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
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...
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
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
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
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 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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