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How do you train a dog to be a hearing dog?

I wanting to train my dog to be a hearing dog and I am very confused on how to do it I don’t want to pay for a professional to train her it’s too complicated. and besides I was wondering if I can train her even if I’m deaf.

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4 Responses to “How do you train a dog to be a hearing dog?”

  1. Æthelfrith of Northumbria said:

    Unless your dog is deaf, it’ already can hear.

    You don’t need to put it through training to get it to hear.

  2. canela said:

    Contact these people and find out what you need to know. I think you need to get a dog that’s been trained by an organization such as this. I’ve known these dogs and their training is intense and amazing. I don’t know if you can do it by yourself.

  3. Digital Haruspex said:

    Because your dog will be a service dog I suggest you have the training professionally done so that you’re certain she is trained properly. Service dog training is much more complex than teaching simple obedience, as I’m sure you’re aware.

    You might want to ask around at different trainers and see if they would let you be there during the training so that you can help out. They may, or may not, allow this. Some trainers, I believe, prefer to train the animal away from the owner as the dog tends to misbehave less and training goes faster. At the very least the trainer should take the time to get to know you and what specifically you need and expect from a service dog.

    I would assume that you *could* train her even if you’re deaf, however the professional will do it much more quickly than you could do yourself and they’ll be sure to train her with exactly what she needs in order to help you out.

    Good luck!

  4. patienthand said:

    there is a really great book called “lend me an ear” thats about training hearing dogs. There are also some books and videos called teamwork one and teamwork two. There are also quite a few yahoo groups on training service dogs.

    assistance dogs international has a good web page
    as well as
    international association of assistance dog partners

    both web pages have a lot of resources and valuable information.

    good luck

    Candice and her assistance dog Stryder


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