Making the Decison to Train Your Own Hearing Dog
A challenge and a reward.
Not every dog can demonstrate the unique ability that a Hearing Dog must possess and it is a significant decision to train your own Hearing Dog. Training requires a firm commitment, patience and the ability to work hard.
Though the decision to train your own Hearing Dog is a challenging one, it can also be a rewarding experience. Golden Ears owner-training program teaches the human and dog as a team. Students are expected to follow our instructions and advice to be successful. Students must be willing to make a commitment to daily time for care and training of their dog. If you are not willing to commit to following the program's instructions and advice, this type of program may not be a good choice for you.
The first step for individuals who are interested in training with us is to email and request an application. The applicant must demonstrate a significant hearing loss by providing us with a current audiogram. If you are accepted into our owner training program, there may be additional training fees for our services. There is an application fee for the program, and applicants are responsible for providing their own equipment such as leashes, halters or collars, training treats, and are also responsible for their dog's daily care, updated vaccinations and all other medical care for their dogs.
If you already have a dog that you would like to train, contact us about testing it to see if it has the potential to make a good Hearing Dog.
If you do not currently own a dog, we may be able to work with you to help you find a candidate. Over the years, we have successfully paired numerous rescue/shelter organization dogs with their Deaf/Hard of Hearing partners. Some of these wonderful dogs may have otherwise have been euthanized.