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HearingDogs
Hi all

I am employed by Hearing Dogs for Deaf People as Dog Supply Co-ordinator and along with two regional assessors it is my job to find dogs between the ages of 6 weeks and 3 years that would be suited to life as a Hearing Dog.

We assess a huge variety of cross-breeds, mongrels and pure breeds and particularly look for small to medium sized dogs. The dogs we select are typically friendly, happy characters who have a willingness to please and who would enjoy the attention that comes with being a Hearing Dog. Unfortunately some breed types prove to be unsuitable for the job due to their high intelligence and work drive despite of being lovely dogs.

We currently select dogs from various rescue centres across the country, private homes, breeders and pounds but are always looking to make new links especially with rescues. When a dog is selected we keep the donor informed of their progress through the socialisation and training period, sending reports and photographs and the dogs welfare is always paramount to us.

If you feel you can help or would like to find out more please feel free to pm me. I can also be contacted by e-mail or on the telephone number below. Also below is our website address which gives you a history of the charity and an idea of what we do.

Best wishes

Nicola Hurwood
Dog Supply Co-ordinator
01844 348105
nicola.hurwood@hearingdogs.org.uk

SOS: WE DESPERATELY NEED FOSTER CARER'S AND SOCIALISER IF YOU ARE WITHIN AN HOUR'S DRIVE OF EXETER, SOUTHAMPTON, SELBY OR SAUNDERTON THEN PLEASE DO GET IN CONTACT FOR MORE DETAILS. THANKS.

http://www.hearing-dogs.org.uk

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Bevd
Hi smile.gif I'm glad that you've found your way to us smile.gif

I'll pin this post at the top of the forum for a little while to make sure that plenty of people see it smile.gif
jackinix
I know how much difference these dogs make to people.
My elderly nieigbour rehomed thanks to dp a little dog who while not a trained hearing dog was soon answering the door, telling mabel when the kettle was boiling and lots of other things she learnt to do.so a trained dog must wonderful.
jacki
Fen k9s
Can you explain what qualities you look for and how we can assess which dog may be suitable for your training.

Dave
jagger
QUOTE (Fen k9s @ 23 Sep 2004, 10:51 am)
Can you explain what qualities you look for and how we can assess which dog may be suitable for your training.

Dave

Dave, If you have a look at the following link it explains the dog types they take and how they go about training the dogs.

http://www.hearing-dogs.co.uk/how-we-train-dogs.html

The basic web site http://www.hearing-dogs.co.uk leads to lots of other pages of information.

Also their headquarters is next to the PATS dogs hq, which is within about 20 miles from me so if you want me I could go up there to collect some information for you.

Their information/address/telephone/email follows

Hearing Dogs for Deaf People currently has two training centres - The Grange in Buckinghamshire and The Beatrice Wright Training Centre in North Yorkshire.

The Grange
Wycombe Road
Saunderton
Princes Risborough
Buckinghamshire
HP27 9NS

T 01844 348 100 (voice & minicom)
F 01844 348 101
E info@hearing-dogs.co.uk

Ted and Jagger
ajs
We rehomed Lucy, a very special little pup to HDFDP. Their assessor came to our house to asess her. She carried out a few simple tests to see how Lucy responded.

She played with her and threw toys and balls to see if she had a strong chase instinct. They cannot have a dog that will chase suddenly and potentially pull their owner over.

She mauled her gently, rubbing her fur and tipped her on her back. As the dogs may get a lot of attention when they are out and about, possibly from children as well as adults, and not always the correct type, the dog has to be calm and non aggressive.

She gave her a pigs ear treat and then took it away...not sure why..but Lucy wasn't bothered anyway.

She placed a noisy thing (think it may have been a mobile phone) under a table or the settee...half an hour or so later she let it play a tune...Lucy went to investigate.....the dog has to be able to hear and be responsive to sounds!

There were a few other things possibly that I cannot qiute remember but they are just indicators - the dog gets all its training at the centre. The centre runs training courses for peple who would like to become an assessor to teach them what to look out for and you can contact them to be put on their list. I have - the last course was when I was on holiday unfortunately so I couldn't go. They run them when there are enough people interested. It's only a day I think. (would have to check as it may be a 2 day course.)

Our little Lucy graduated at the end of August and has now started her new life with her deaf recipient. wub.gif wub.gif We are very proud of her.
HearingDogs
Hi

Many thanks for to Ted and Jagger and ajs for replying smile.gif .

The most important thing we are looking for in dogs is that they are friendly, willing to please and enjoy being around people.

Ajs summed it up really well for me describing Janets assessment of Lucy! The main areas we check on assessment are handling, reactivity, trainablility, possession and sound awareness. We are not expecting dogs to behave impecably (although its nice when they do) but we are trying determine how easy or or otherwise they would be for a reciepent.

If you think there is a potential dog in your kennels things to check are:

How they get on with other dogs. We need dogs that are friendly and aren't going to go looking for trouble.

Can you take things such as chews, toys and their dinner away from them. Although it can seem mean we need to ensure that anyone can take anything off our dogs. If a dog shows possession i.e. growls it will fail assessment or training unfortunatlly. If a dog is being evasive with chews or toys then we would work on it.

How easy are they to handle. Although this is an area we can do alot of work on it is really just to get an idea of how bidable a dog is. If they throw a major strop then they may not be suitable.

Chase instinct/Hunt drive. If a dog were very chasey or showed a strong hunt drive then they would probably be unsuitable.

We are not only looking for potential problem areas but also trying to make a descion on if there is an issue how easy would it be for a recipient to manage that dog. The other consideration is how the dog would cope coming into training and in the long run as a Hearing Dog. While the dogs have alot of fun through training and their working lives they do have to be adaptable. The last thing we would want to do would be to put any dog through unessacry change or stress and it is the dogs welfare that has to come first. So it is sometimes the case that we see a lovely dog who doesn't do anything wrong on assessment but we just feel it wouldn't cope with the system.

As assessors we are more than happy to come out and see any dog that you think is suitable and talk through the assessment with you as we do it, explaining why a dog was or wasn't suitable. I am also happy to come out to rescue kennels and give workshops on what we are looking for and as ajs said we also run assessor courses at the Grange in High Wycombe.

If anyone is interested in visiting the centre to see what we do and the dogs working please let me know and I shall arrange a visit.

Best wishes

Mandie
Fen k9s
Thank you all for the replies to my questions, I think we may have a suitable dog here and will email more details, it would be great to get an Irish poundie into this kind of work.

A couple more questions........ is HDFDP prepared to meet our normal adoption fee and will the dog be returned to us should she prove unsuitable.?

Dave
HearingDogs
Hi Dave

As a charity we can offer a donation of up to 45 for a dog coming from rescue although we can't pay for private dogs. We are also more than happy to do PR with rescues and the dogs that have come from there.

We will always contact the donor of any dog if for any reason they later have to be withdrawn from the scheme and explain fully why. If you would like the dog returned we can do that or we have a rehoming officer based at the Grange and a waiting list of people wanting to rehome our dogs. We match each dog to the right lifestyle and home environment...... it has to be said we're very fussy who gets to rehome our dogs!

Hope that helps smile.gif

Mandie
pablo
would like my dog that needs rehoming assesed what do i need to do
kay
HearingDogs
Hi Kay

If you could send me an e-mail telling me a little about your dog such as breed type, character, likes and dislikes, let me know where in the country you are and a daytime contact number I can give you a call to discuss things further. Alternatively if you would like to give me a call you can reach me on 01844 348105.

Look forward to speaking with you.

Mandie
Fern
What a fantastic website! i was going to bed over two hours ago as i'm not well but this is far too interesting! As we have already had the London Marathon & the Great North Run this year - maybe it is time to get those running shoes on & get fit for next year......this has definately spurred me on, watch this space!!! smile.gif

I am aware of what good, dog's do in todays socity i am just so touched by all the rescue dogs that have been given a second chance in life - to give other people a second chance in life too! I have had tears tonight, and lots of goose pimples as i read the courageous stories of these ultimate heroes!

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kaftav
I notice that you don't mention actual breeds but thought you might be interested to know that my young niece has had a hearing dog for 3 years now and is in her final year at Uni in Ireland. Lily is a black Lab but very gentle, unlike my 2 hellions over here.
Lily answers the door and gets Tams up in the mornings as well as letting her know when she drops her books all over the place. She does exercise her a lot as Labs tend to get fat easily and no treats are allowed from people other than Tams.
You do good work and if you are interested in Labs at all I can let you have the address of our rescue.
Cathy. smile.gif
HearingDogs
Hiya

I'm really glad you enjoyed the website Fern, it is such a thrill when you see a dog you have selected from rescue meet their recipient for the first time and watch that bond developing. If you fancy running for us Hannah Philips is the person to speak to and she can give you all the info.

We don't mention on the website what breeds we take for a couple of reasons; firstly it does vary depending on our waiting list. For instance we can only take a certain number of larger breeds such as Labs & retrievers at any one time so whether we can except them into the scheme changes from week to week. The other reason is we don't want to upset or alienate anyone by making sweeping statements about different breeds or crosses and their ability to make Hearing Dogs. There are always exceptions, we will train a persons own dog provided they pass all the relevant temperament tests and in these cases breed type can sometimes be over looked and sometimes a dog will really stand out even when the breed type isn't ideal.

I am really glad to hear that Lily is doing well it sounds as though she has landed on her paws!

Bye for now

Mandie
Bev in Bridlington
When I enquired about donating a puppy I had in on foster a couple of years back she was declined because she was GSD cross, so is that not still the case then? Incidentally she went on to become an assistance dog to a young man with throat cancer who had had his voice box removed. Sadly he died earlier this year leaving a young wife and five children sad.gif They asked especially to be able to keep the dog as she is so much a part of the family. She even attended his funeral.
I am currently with Whitby Dog Rescue and we are happy to put forward any dogs we might have come in that we think might be suitable smile.gif
HearingDogs
Hi Bev

I'm afraid to say that as a rule we do say no to Shepherd crosses. I know that the majority are fantastic dogs but we've found over the years that they aren't particularly well suited to life as a Hearing Dog although they can make very good assistance dogs.

If you wanted myself or one of my colleagues to call into the centre to chat through who we are, what we do and the types of dogs we're looking for we would be only to happy.

Regards

Mandie

Bev in Bridlington
QUOTE (HearingDogs @ 11 Oct 2004, 04:16 pm)
Hi Bev

I'm afraid to say that as a rule we do say no to Shepherd crosses. I know that the majority are fantastic dogs but we've found over the years that they aren't particularly well suited to life as a Hearing Dog although they can make very good assistance dogs.

If you wanted myself or one of my colleagues to call into the centre to chat through who we are, what we do and the types of dogs we're looking for we would be only to happy.

Regards

Mandie

Thanks Mandie smile.gif My friend Tracey Smithson who is now chair of Whitby Dog Rescue is known to you anyhow, she's a teacher for the deaf herself. We both work with the dogs as they come in and as I said we'll be watching out for any ones that are extra special - have that certain something - that you are looking for smile.gif
I sat and watched a Hearing Dogs display a couple of years back and completely fell in love with Toddy wub.gif (the little red/tan chap who looks a bit like a Toller).
HearingDogs
Hi again

Thank you for that it always helps when someone can keep an eye out for us smile.gif

Toddy is a real star it has to be said!!!

Mandie
tails4wagging
What happens to a dog that fails?
HearingDogs
Hi

If a dog fails at any point during its time with us we will contact the donor in the first instance to explain why the dog hasn't made it and if they want the dog back we arrange for that to happen.

If the orginal donor doesn't want the dog returned then we have a rehoming officer is based here at the Grange who will spend some time getting to know the dog and match it with a suitable person off of our waiting list. We are very fussy who can have our dogs and have a long list of people waiting to rehome from us.

Hope that answers your query.

Best wishes

Mandie
hmoosette
I have a 2 year old Choccie Lab waiting to be rehomed through Lab Rescue.
I think he would possibly suit your requirements with training as he is willing to please and is very friendly and people orientated.

If he does not get homed through Lab rescue then would you like to know more about him.

Hazel
carolz
hiya i have got a staffy x bloodhound bitch who is 8 mths old she is a medium sized dog, looks just like a pointer she is good with my children & other dogs, you can take her food from her and toys she is quite energetic though and i just dont have the time for her, would she be suitable for you i would like her to have a really good home
guiness
I have two children with hearing loss.
The oldest one is 11 years old and is profoundly deaf and the other son is nearly 3 years old with 60% hearing loss.
We cannot be considered for a hearing dog till my son is alot older which is a shame as it would give him alot of independance.At 11 years old theres alot of things he is capable of doing if he had the chance as any normal hearing child would.

Good luck with all the hard work you do bringing a huge differance to these peoples lives.

Liz and the crew
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crazydiamond
I was just wanting to bring this thread back to peoples attention really and to say that as well as donations of dogs, Hearing Dogs are really in need of full time socialisers in various areas of the country.

This year is Hearing Dogs for Deaf Peoples' 25th anniversary, they will be launching this at Crufts - please do come along to the stand. Log on to the website to find out about events around the country to celebrate this anniversary.

Karen
italianjob


hi i have a dog which i think could become suitable for a hearing dog .
she is a small mongrel of a very freindly nature and loves lots of attention .
i think she would benefit from being with a person most of the time as she does not like being left hence the reason for wanting her re-homed .she is approx 4-5yrs old we have had her about 4yrs .

karen
crazydiamond
QUOTE(italianjob @ 23rd Feb 2007, 4:17 pm) *

hi i have a dog which i think could become suitable for a hearing dog .
she is a small mongrel of a very freindly nature and loves lots of attention .
i think she would benefit from being with a person most of the time as she does not like being left hence the reason for wanting her re-homed .she is approx 4-5yrs old we have had her about 4yrs .

karen



Hello

I dont work for Hearing Dogs but I am an avid supporter and volunteer in many capacities...........I am afraid to say that your lovely sounding girly is too old to be considered sad.gif They only look at dogs up to three years of age.
I wish you all the best in finding a new home for her.

Karen
Ireneplatt
Just to add that the little Hearing Dog which won the competition at Crufts this year was a dog rescued via the RSPCA (not our branch).

Molly

We met her last Sunday and she is a wonderful little dog.

Just goes to show that even the most ordinary looking cross breed can become the ears of a person with hearing difficulties and win the day!
crazydiamond
QUOTE(Ireneplatt @ 16th Mar 2007, 9:31 am) *

Just to add that the little Hearing Dog which won the competition at Crufts this year was a dog rescued via the RSPCA (not our branch).

Molly

We met her last Sunday and she is a wonderful little dog.

Just goes to show that even the most ordinary looking cross breed can become the ears of a person with hearing difficulties and win the day!


Yes indeed, Hearing Dogs come in many shapes and sizes. It is fantastic that Molly won, especially with this being a special year for Hearing Dogs. I too met Molly at Crufts and she is a real sweetie wub.gif

Karen
sprolliehouse
Hello,
I don't know very much at all about hearing dogs, but I do have a foster boy (collie cross lab?), no bigger than a smallish collie, who is:
Playful
Gentle
Sociable - people and dogs
Intelligent
Very affectionate
Focussed

And I think very trainable.

He is only 12 months old, and has no vices I can spot.
His name is Toby.
Please PM me if you think he could fit the bill at all.

I am fostering him for Four Paws.
crazydiamond
QUOTE(sprolliehouse @ 17th Apr 2007, 5:17 pm) *

Hello,
I don't know very much at all about hearing dogs, but I do have a foster boy (collie cross lab?), no bigger than a smallish collie, who is:
Playful
Gentle
Sociable - people and dogs
Intelligent
Very affectionate
Focussed

And I think very trainable.

He is only 12 months old, and has no vices I can spot.
His name is Toby.
Please PM me if you think he could fit the bill at all.

I am fostering him for Four Paws.


I am sorry I did not see this when posted.

Many thanks for offering. smile.gif For anyone else thinking of offering a dog to Hearing Dogs I can say that experience has shown that collies dont do well as it really isnt enough for them to do and they would be bored. Hearing Dogs need to be happy in their work or else they just dont work. Other breeds not usually considered are large/giant types and dogs of guarding breed.

MOST IMPORTANTLY I should add that I am but a volunteer for HEaring Dogs and any offers of dogs should be discussed with them on 01844348105.

Karen
bob1
Nice to see you here Mandie! tongue.gif
kizzib
This post is quite old now, are people visiting this site still considering hearing dogs when looking for homes for their dogs? I can't see any recent mentions of donations or appeals? My friend has a hearing dog and it is fantastic but I have spoken to someone who has waited over 3 years and he says it's because of a shortage of dogs err.gif
Ireneplatt
I do know that they have contacted a lot of rescues to see if they have a calm, bomb proof, child friendly dog for their latest project which is to provide hearing impaired children with a hearing dog.

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