This month in training: October 2021

Posted by Matt Sadler

Trains, shops, and news about chocolate Labrador Button that will melt your heart. Our hearing dogs in training have been busy learning lots of new skills - find out what they have been up to.

1. Cain has been working on his impulse control

A close up of cocker spaniel Cain looking at the camera as he practises resisting his treat

This is Cain's 'can I eat my treat yet?' face.

Self-control is a vital skill for any happy and relaxed dog to have, and Cain thoroughly enjoyed his tasty reward for a brilliant wait.

2. Pluto has been taking some top tips from his friends

Yellow Labrador Pluto (left) sitting outside and next to a table with a black Labrador next to him

Pluto (left) has been busy having lots of fun with his best friends - hearing dogs in training Chester and Hugo.

As well as playing together, Pluto has also been taking some tips on the perfect settle and his older buddies are wonderful role models for him to follow.

3. Decker was a star at the garden centre

A huge well done to Decker for doing such a great job during his visit to a garden centre.

Decker maintained his focus despite all the very interesting items on the shelves and was a real credit to his volunteer dog trainer.

Decker wasn't fazed at all by a trolley or a basket and then settled beautifully at the garden centre's café.

4. Carson is the perfect passenger

A close-up of black Labrador smiling at the camera during his first train journey

Carson recently ticked off a major milestone as he went on his first train journey. Carson did a great job with all the new sights, sounds and unfamiliar movements, and we are very proud of him.

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.

5. Kip meet everyone, everyone meet Kip

Golden cocker spaniel puppy Kip lying on the ground in the garden and looking at the camera

Cocker spaniel puppy Kip has wasted no time in exploring his garden.

We encourage our pups to investigate lots of new sights, sounds and smells in their early training, and Kip is doing just that.

6. Biscuit hit the shops

Yellow Labrador Biscuit in a shop wearing his burgundy training jacket and smiling

The wonderful Biscuit showing just how happy and comfortable he is when visiting a shop.

As hearing dogs accompany their partner to lots of public places, it is important our pups are relaxed in these environments, and Biscuit had a great time.

7. Super Suki

Miniature poodle Suki lying outside wearing her burgundy jacket which she was awarded for passing her final assessment

Suki rightfully looking very proud of herself in her new burgundy jacket.

Our amazing miniature poodle was awarded her jacket for passing her final assessment and it replaces the 'I'm learning' one she wore during training.

8. Button has graduated from Hearing Dogs University

We have some big news for Button as our clever Labrador has passed her final assessment and is going to be a life-changing hearing dog!

Button and her sisters Fudge and Crunchie are from our chocolate-inspired litter and are enough to melt your heart.

Congratulations 'Team Button'.

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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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