My cats react to noises (people at door, etc) and if they happen to be in my "view", I'll notice and then look to where they're looking. Heck, they've told me when my alarm was going off.I guess one advantage of having a dog as a pet vs say a cat. Reacts to persons knocking at the door.
I understand that "hearing dogs" are trained to assist persons however how much to "deaf/Deaf" persons probably highly specific to individuals. Does the shortage of trained dogs have an impact on the potential clients?
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If you like dogs, I think it's a great solution. I have two poodles. They are not officially hearing assistance dogs, but they do bark when someone rings the doorbell, so that's useful.
Pippin also barks a lot when he hears thunder, which is not so useful. ;-/
My cats react to noises (people at door, etc) and if they happen to be in my "view", I'll notice and then look to where they're looking. Heck, they've told me when my alarm was going off.
Maybe you need to pay more attention to Prof Sky. Your not giving him/her enough credit.
In another thread we were talking about the organization "Paws with a Cause," based in Michigan, which trains dogs to be hearing ear dogs. It takes about 1 1/2 to 2 years to train a dog to the appropriate level. The first part of the training is standard obedience, done by individual foster-families. After the dog completes that part of the training, it goes back to their headquarters for the specialized training. '
(Hearing assistance is only one thing the organization does; they also train dogs to assist people in wheelchairs and other types of assistance.)
Once they start the hearing-assistance training, they do basic things like train the dog to go get the person if it hears a doorbell, a ringing phone, the "beep" of a microwave, an alarm clock, and other things. At this point it begins to be specialized depending on the person's needs. A young mother might want the dog to react to hearing a baby cry, in person or on the baby monitor. An older person in a wheelchair might need the dog to bring things (like a ringing cellphone) as well as react to the sound.
It's a fascinating process. Exactly how long the specialized training lasts depends on the situation and how much it has to learn.
Generally a person has to wait a while before a dog is ready for him. Once in a while there are situations where a dog is placed and then doesn't work out with the person, for whatever reason, and then it's returned and could be placed elsewhere fairly quickly. But usually there is a wait.
Plus, they will not place a dog if you already have a dog under 10 years old, nor will they train your own dog.