While modern technology is wonderful and exciting, Hearing Dogs can also provide assistance, security, mobility, and companionship for many adults and children who are deaf or hard of hearing. Most Hearing Dog clients also make daily use of modern technology, but their dogs fill a need they say technology may not quite meet. All Service Dog organizations do not train Hearing Dogs, as this is a somewhat unique area, and one in which I have specialized as a Service Dog trainer for both state and national agencies.
My colleague and I have trained Therapy and Service Dogs since the 1980’s. We have recently been approached about the possibility of training Hearing Dogs for clients in the Virginia/ North Carolina area. There are limited local and state Hearing Dog providers, and there may be a niche that needs to be filled. We would love feedback about potential interest in this service. Many folks may not be familiar with exactly how Hearing Dogs work, possible tasks, their training, costs, breeds used, etc. We would be happy to answer questions here through this newsletter forum, and would also love to visit groups and do some presentations with a demo dog. Our goal would be to use this information in establishing a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization to promote education, awareness, and training for Hearing Dogs and their partners.
We will appreciate comments, questions, and networking opportunities! Thanks in advance, Kati Warren and Tammy Stillwater.
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