This month in training: November 2018

Posted by Sarah O'Brien

Our pups have been busy in their training classes. Take a look at what they've been learning this month.

1. Hearing dog puppy Jenny puppy demonstated her amazing impulse control

Jenny practises her impulse control

We teach our dogs about impulse control as it helps them to question whether their immediate thoughts are the right thing to do. Puppy socialising volunteers show the pups that they sometimes have to ‘wait’ patiently to get what they want.

Jenny practised her self control with some tasty treats on Halloween and she did a fab job waiting patiently before she got to eat them.

A dog without impulse control training finds it hard to stay focused and can be easily frustrated. As a result, they can find it more difficult to ignore their impulses - like rushing out of the front door, or jumping out of the car as soon as you open it. This kind of behaviour could put a dog and their owner in danger, so it's really important our dogs have amazing self control. 

2. Ziggy passed the first stage of his training

Ziggy passed the first stage of his hearing dog training

A huge well done to Ziggy, who has passed the first stage of his training - the Puppy One Star. Next up for this clever miniature poodle is learning about the world around him by going on lots of exciting walks, practising good behaviour and getting used to interactions with people of all ages and other dogs.

3. Benji did a great job settling in a shop and library

Benji did a great job settling in a shop and the library

A round of a-paws for hearing dog puppy Benji, who was on his best behaviour in two very busy public places. Benji kept his concentration at all times despite a lot of potential distractions and was very happy and content waiting for his puppy socilaiser.

4. Lily practised putting on her learning jacket

It's very important that our puppies are comfortable wearing their hearing dog jackets and we practise this from an early age. This video shows cocker spaniel Lily getting used to putting her head into the jacket and receiving a very tasty reward for doing so.

5. Otis joined the hearing dog training scheme

Otis is our newest sponsor puppy

A very warm welcome to cocker spaniel Otis, who has just started his hearing dog training and is one of three new sponsor puppies. Not only is Otis the friendliest pup, but he's also proving to be somewhat of an explorer and loves going on adventures. 

Good luck Otis, we know you'll make an amazing hearing dog one day.

It's been a busy few weeks at Hearing Dogs and we'd also like to introduce you to black Labrador Kai and cocker spaniel Leo, who have also just joined our training scheme.

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Hi everyone! I'm Sarah, digital content officer for Hearing Dogs for Deaf People. I manage the Charity's social media, blog and e-newsletter and help with promoting digital campaigns. I'm obsessed with dogs, tea and reading (in that order). 

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