This month in training: May 2021

Posted by Matt Sadler

With restrictions being eased, our pups are slowly being reintroduced to training in public places. Find out what they have been learning in their latest hearing dog training classes.

1. A different kind of 'train-ing' for Buddy and Biscuit 

Two photos showing yellow Labradors Biscuit and Buddy together at a train station

Buddy and Biscuit have been to a train station for the first time to get used to all the new sights, sounds and smells.

The brothers will go on their first journey soon, but making sure they both feel comfortable with the new experience is a very important first step.

It's important our pups experience travelling on public transport before they become a hearing dog. If their deaf partner gets a bus or a train to work, or visits family or friends, we want to make sure their hearing dog is relaxed at all times.

2. Rowan started her hearing dog training

A close up of cocker spaniel puppy Rowan

That little face!

Cocker spaniel puppy Rowan has just started her hearing dog training and she has settled in brilliantly with her volunteer puppy trainer. First up for Rowan is working on her basic cues, such as 'sit' and 'wait', as these form part of our 'Puppy One Star'.

Have lots of fun in your training gorgeous girl.

3. Zippy went to the dentist

Three images showing cocker spaniel Zippy settling at the dentist

Zippy showed off his super settle as he practised during a trip to the dentist.

Settling is a key skill for any hearing dog, as it's what they will do when accompanying their deaf partner to busy public places, such as hospitals, audiologists and restaurants.

Well done Zippy!

4. Zenya went on holiday

Cocker spaniel Zenya lying on a child's lap

Zippy's sister, hearing dog in training Zenya, spent a week's holiday with a different volunteer trainer to see how comfortable she is living with children.

A couple of hours into the experience, and this was the result. We will mark that one down as a complete success.

5. Wonderful Wren

A close up of black Labrador Wren sitting at an outdoor cafe

The beautiful Wren showed her lovely sit as she practised at an outdoor cafe.

Wren has recently found out that she has passed the second stage of her training, which means she will be focusing more on short trips like this to public places.

6. On the buses

Miniature poodle April, and cocker spaniels Costa and Joe on the bus

A huge thank you to Stagecoach, who kindly gave us private use of a bus and a driver for a second time to help with training on public transport in a socially-distanced and safe way.

April, Costa, Holly, Joe and Jessica did a brilliant job in their short journeys and showed they are very happy and relaxed passengers.

7. Vinnie has passed his final assessment

The incredible Vinnie has passed his hearing dog assessment and has moved in with his deaf partner as their life-changing hearing dog!

Vinnie has been a joy to train and we know he is going to make a wonderful hearing dog. Thank you so much to the amazing team, who helped Vinnie through his training.

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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