This month in training: June 2021

Posted by Matt Sadler

Experiencing buses, trains, supermarkets, garden centres and even vaccination appointments - our pups and hearing dogs in training have been busy learning the skills that will help deaf people to leave loneliness behind.

1. Tyler has started his hearing dog training

Black Labrador puppy Tyler in the garden sitting to the left of older black Labrador Bramble

Little Tyler has been learning lots from his housemate - hearing dog in training Bramble.

Bramble is in the penultimate stage of her training and is proving to be a wonderful role model for Tyler. You can find out what Tyler will be learning in the first stage of his training here.

2. All aboard for super Shamus

Two images side by side of cocker spaniel Shamus on a train. The first photo shows Shamus sitting while looking at the camera and the second is Shamus lying on the floor of the train

Cocker spaniel Shamus has been on his first ever train journey and he proved to be a complete natural on public transport.

Shamus settled beautifully despite all the new noises and movements, and was the perfect passenger.

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.

3. Buddy is the 'paw-fect' passenger

Two photos side by side of yellow Labrador Buddy travelling by bus. The first is a close up of Buddy looking at the camera and the second is Buddy settling on the floor of the bus

While Shamus has been travelling by train, brilliant Buddy has been on his first bus journeys.

Buddy took in all the new sights, sounds and movements on his first trip and then settled beautifully on his second.

That is so impressive Buddy.

4. A spot of supermarket shopping for Coco 

Cockapoo Coco is wearing her burgundy training jacket and is settling on the floor in a supermarket and looking up at the camera

Cockapoo Coco has been showing off her new haircut while training in a supermarket.

Hearing dogs accompany a deaf person in lots of public places – including supermarkets. In places like these, they need to understand all the tasty foods on display are not for them, and they should be on their best behaviour regardless of all the distractions.

5. Kiwi and Bishop were all smiles at the garden centre

Cocker spaniel Kiwi (front of image) and Bishop are settling underneath a table in a garden centre cafe

Hearing Dogs in training Kiwi (front) and Bishop showed off their lovely settles and biggest smiles as their training class took them to a garden centre.

6. Well done Bess!

Black Labrador Bess settling on the floor and smiling at the camera

We are so proud of hearing dog in training Bess, who was beautifully behaved when she accompanied her volunteer dog trainer to their vaccination.

Bess settled beautifully and as you can see, she thoroughly enjoyed being in a new environment.

7. It's party time for Gretel!

Gretel has done it, she has passed her final assessment and is going to be a life-changing hearing dog!

Our clever cocker spaniel has been an absolute joy to train and she has had an incredible team behind her every step of the way.

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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