How do we train our puppies?

Watch this video about a hearing dog's training

Training a hearing dog starts when a puppy is just a few weeks old. And although it’s hard to believe these adorable puppies are capable of changing lives – with a bit of help (and a lot of praise and cuddles) they really do make a monumental difference to deaf people. Read all about the amazing journey a puppy goes through to become a fully trained hearing dog.

Here’s a quick introductory video to how we train our puppies:

Puppy training

From eight weeks of age to around 16 months old, our hearing dog pups stay with one of our volunteer puppy trainers. Our pups receive most of their obedience training from their puppy training volunteer and attend regular training sessions at one of our training centres. At different stages of their training, our puppies must pass Hearing Dogs awards called Puppy Stars! Find out what they’re tested on in each stage below. 

Final matching and training

Once these clever canines have passed the first three Puppy Stars, they move into advanced training and meet the deaf person whose life they will change. Take a look at what happens during a hearing dog puppy’s final months of training.