Hearing dogs play an essential role in helping deaf people and those with hearing disabilities move around. The dogs are trained to take care of deaf people and raise the alarm whenever their owners are in trouble.

Qualifications for Getting a Hearing Dog

  • Must have a form of hearing disability.
  • Must be able to handle a dog independently.
  • Must be in a stable home environment.
  • Should not have other dogs at home. Other pets are allowed.
  • Should be able to show that getting a hearing dog will significantly improve their lives and make them more independent.

What Hearing Dogs Do

  • They provide awareness when at home. They alert deaf people when there is a knock on the door, or someone calls out their name. They also check out oven timers, phones, alarm clocks, and the sound of a crying baby. As long as they are trained to identify the sounds, you can rest assured that they will perform their roles.
  • Makes you aware of emergency situations happening around you, such as the sound of sirens, honking, and ambulances.
  • Provide companionship; sometimes people with a disability feel isolated, as though nobody understands them. A dog comes with a loyalty which cannot be challenged, making them a good choice of not just a care dog, but as a pet too.
  • Relieves anxiety; meeting a large group of people can be overwhelming for deaf people. Having a hearing dog makes things more comfortable, as it provides some form of familiarity.

Taking Care of Hearing Dogs

Just like pet dogs, hearing dogs need extra care for them to be able to perform their duties. They should not be regarded only as duty dogs, they also need tender and loving care. Some of the things to do for a hearing dog include:

  • Walk them frequently

Bear in mind that long walks are important for the dogs health (even if its raining) or if the weather is not so beautiful. Consider it an obligation you must do regularly so that your dog does not get irritable and stressed.

  • Feed them healthy foods

The foods hearing dogs eat matters a lot when it comes to how effective they will be in doing their work as duty animals. You should ensure there is a sufficient mix between dry and wet foods. They should also take enough water so that they do not get symptoms of dehydration.

  • Reward them

When your hearing dog goes out of the way to warn you of impending danger, or if they show you another sign of kindness, throw them their favourite toy or bone to nibble on, just like you would do when your child does excellent work.

  • Keep them away from highly temperamental pets

It is always advisable that you do not keep other dogs when you own a hearing dog. Other pets are allowed, but you should ensure that those pets have a calm temperament.

  • Do not leave them alone for long

Ideally, hearing dogs are supposed to be accompanying people in their day to day activities. That means they are not used to being home alone. They become anxious and stressed when locked up in a room for more than one hour without human interaction.

Ideally, you do not have to be an expert in dog care for you to take good care of a hearing dog. As long as you show them love and care, they will feel appreciated.