This month in training: March 2020

Posted by Matt Sadler

Shops, trains, horses and some very important milestones - it's time to find out what our clever hearing dog puppies have been learning in their training classes.

1. Cockapoo Daisy has started her hearing dog training

Cockapoo Daisy has started her hearing dog training

Say hello to cockapoo Daisy, who has just started her training to become a life-changing hearing dog.

Daisy will spend the next 18 months learning all the new skills that will help a deaf person to leave loneliness behind, as well getting a little bit bigger.

You can see more photos of the lovely Daisy here

2. Reggie hit the shops

Cocker spaniel Reggie went shopping

Reggie went shopping for his training session and was incredibly relaxed & comfortable with the whole experience.

Hopefully he didn't purposely choose to pose in front of this box as a message to his volunteer dog trainer!

Hearing dogs accompany a deaf person in lots of public places – including busy and interesting venues like garden centres, shops and markets. Our dogs need to understand all the things on display are not for them, and they should be on their best behaviour regardless of all the distractions.

3. Patrick made some new friends

Black Labrador Patrick made some new friends

Meeting new animals was 'neigh' bother for hearing dog in training Patrick as he spent the morning being introduced to horses and donkeys.

It's important that our dogs are relaxed around other animals, and Patrick was very happy sitting near his new pal.

4. Teddy passed the first stage of his hearing dog training

Teddy passed the first stage of his hearing dog training

Congratulations to cocker spaniel Teddy, who has just passed the first stage of his hearing dog training – the ‘Puppy One Star’.

Teddy has shown that he is well on his way to mastering basic commands like this lovely settle, and this will stand him in good stead for the rest of his training.

Find out what Teddy will be learning next here.

5. Kookie and Lily travelled by train together

Yellow Labrador Kookie and cocker spaniel Lily on the train

Feeling relaxed and comfortable on public transport is important for any working hearing dog as it is an experience they may encounter when living with their deaf partner.

Yellow Labrador Kookie and cocker spaniel Lily were certainly just that as they travelled into London by train.

Well done Kookie and Lily!

6. Ludo practised his paw-fect wait

Cocker spaniel puppy Ludo practised his wait

Ludo has already shown that he is far more self-control than us, as he waited to eat his tasty treat until told to do so.

It’s really important that hearing dogs have impeccable manners at all times, especially when they’re assisting a deaf person in public. So we teach our pups about impulse control, which helps them to think about their immediate impulses as they might not always be the right thing to do.

Cocker spaniel Ludo is working hard in the first stage of his hearing dog training, and is already impressing us all.

7. Awesome Orson is officially a fully-accredited hearing dog!

Black Labrador Orson is now a hearing dog

Finally, the very best news to end this month’s update as Orson is now a fully-accredited child's hearing dog at home with his partner and their family.

Orson had a wonderful placement week at The Grange and has settled into his new home very quickly.

We are wishing Orson and his partner every happiness for the future.

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

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