This month in training: November 2021

Posted by Matt Sadler

Bracken and Nelson are perfect passengers, Biscuit found some very spooky items, and there's wonderful news for cocker spaniel Kes. Read on to find out what our clever hearing dogs in training have been learning.

1. Gerry has been working on his impulse control

Black Labrador puppy Gerry practising his impulse control with treats on his paws

Hearing dog pup Gerry is learning that if he waits patiently he will get his tasty reward.

Self-control is important for any happy and relaxed dog, and Gerry thoroughly enjoyed his treats. Great job Gerry!

2. Our super six

How impressive is this for a group wait?

Our hearing dogs in training were set the challenge of waiting together to show off their self-control, and they all passed the test with flying colours.

3. Biscuit found some very unusual objects

Yellow Labrador Biscuit in front of a Halloween stand at a garden centre

Biscuit has been shopping as part of his training and he wasn't fazed at all by the spooky Halloween pumpkins.

Hearing dogs can come across some very unusual things when accompanying their deaf partner, and Biscuit showed he's comfortable around even the strangest objects.

4. All aboard for Bracken

Black Labrador Bracken lying down on a train in her burgundy jacket

Biscuit's sister Bracken has ticked off a milestone in her training as she has been on her first train journey.

The short trip was the culmination of a few training classes as Bracken had been to a station before to get used to the new sights and sounds.

5. Nelson was the paw-fect passenger

Two photos of miniature poodle Nelson on the bus and then in the park with his friend Mitchell

Miniature poodle Nelson has also been practising on public transport and he showed lovely focus on his volunteer dog trainer during their bus journey.

If a deaf person uses public transport then we want their hearing dog to be comfortable with the experience, and miniature poodle Nelson was a star!

Nelson then spent the afternoon playing with his best friend Mitchell, who is also a very clever hearing dog in training.

6. Dawn showed lovely focus at a garden centre

Cockapoo Dawn showing lovely focus on her volunteer puppy trainer during a trip to a garden centre

Cockapoo Dawn has been on her first ever trip to a garden centre and did brilliantly in a completely new environment.

Dawn will be going back for a second, longer, visit very soon and this is a great introduction to training in public places where there are many potential distractions.

7. Izzy has raced through the first stage of her training

Miniature poodle Izzy sitting at an outside cafe

Congratulations to miniature poodle Izzy for passing the first stage of her hearing dog training.

Izzy has shown that she knows her basic cues like 'sit' and 'down', and that she is a very happy playmate.

You can find out what Izzy will be learning as she works towards her Puppy Two Star award here.

8. Clever Kes has some big news!

Wonderful news to round off this month's edition as cocker spaniel Kes has passed his final assessment and is going to be a life-changing hearing dog!

We have loved following Kes through his training and he has had an amazing team behind him.

Congratulations and thank you 'Team Kes'.

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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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