Hearing Alert Dogs
About Our Hearing Alert Dogs
Who They Help
Our hearing alert dogs provide information to their deaf or hard-of-hearing handlers about environmental sounds. Every person needs different things from their dog, so each dog’s tasks will vary based on what their person needs.
What They Do
Inside the home, our hearing alert dogs may:
- Alert to the doorbell, microwave, smoke detector or even the voice of another member of the household calling for help
- Let their handler know there is an incoming phone call
Outside of the home, they may alert to:
- Emergency sirens
- Honking horns
- People approaching from behind
Macaron and Tom
At AFF, we don’t make snap judgments for dogs or people based on age or any other factor. It’s a good thing we don’t, or we would have missed out on the opportunity to pair Mac (Macaron) with Tom.
We found Mac in New Orleans and we knew he was exceptional. But we also knew he was 4 years old and typically, at that age, he wouldn’t be a service dog candidate.
Then we met Tom, who is a 77 year old veteran with hearing loss. Because we knew how much potential Mac has, we introduced the two of them and watched them bond. Now, we’re doing in-home training with the pair. Mac’s cue to alert Tom of sounds is to give paw.
Brooklyn and Eric
One of the most endearing things about their relationship is their little rituals. Brooklyn gives Eric a kiss every time he gets in the car and before he gets out. These moments of consistency are important for service dogs, but also important for the canine-human bond.
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Mobility dogs give people with a variety of physical disabilities more independence.
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our applications are closed
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we have temporarily closed our applications for new service dog handlers.
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