- Dogs learn to respond to verbal and hand signals and are taught to work for toys and affection.
- They are trained to make physical contact and lead their teammates to the source of the sound.
- For people with hearing impairment, the absence of sound can be life-threatening!
A fire breaks out during the night and the fire alarms, placed to save lives, are useless to the person with a hearing impairment. Most likely they would not wake up in time to escape the flames. Now, picture the same scene above, only this time the person with a hearing impairments has a Signal/Hearing Ear Dog. The alarm sounds and the dog springs into action. Quickly the dog awakes the person, pulling at their night clothes.
The person wakes up, smells the smoke, and the dog leads them to the door as they escape safely!
In addition to the actual signaling of sounds, Signal/Hearing Ear Dogs provide many emotional benefits as well. They give their owners a sense of freedom and renewed self-esteem.
For children, they can ease the frustration, pain, and anger that often accompanies a hearing disability. They also feel safer when they are alone with their hearing dogs.
The dogs are able to alert their owners to the presence of intruders. This gives their owners a higher sense of security. The Signal/Hearing Ear Dog provides its owner with a constant companion and a special bond of friendship.
They are less likely to feel lonely and isolated from a world designed with only the hearing in mind.
- The Signal/Hearing Ear Dog can become a bridge providing more opportunities to socialize while out and about in a “hearing” world.
- People with hearing impairments and utilize a Signal/Hearing Ear Dog, report that they feel better equipped to function in a hearing world.
- Signal/Hearing Ear Dogs are trained to alert their owners to a variety of different sounds.
- When the dog hears any of the noises they are trained to recognize, they get their owners attention and lead them to the sound.
4 Paws dogs are trained to work in any situation, even at a horse show! Some of the sounds these dogs can be trained to respond to include but are not limited to:
- Someone knocking at the door
- Alarm clock
- Smoke Detectors
- Someone calling their owner’s name
- Police and emergency vehicle sirens
- Car horns