A CHARITY which provides deaf people with ‘hearing dogs’ is looking for people to help train them.
Hearing Dogs for Deaf People trains the dogs to listen out for warning signals such as smoke or fire alarms and tells them if the doorbell or phone rings.
Chief executive Michele Jennings said: “Hearing Dogs for Deaf People will be launching a brand, new puppy socialising scheme in Scotland later this year and we are looking for enthusiatic volunteers.
“Puppy socialising volunteers play a vital role in the journey of a hearing dog, and do so in the knowledge that one day these pups will grow up to change the life of a deaf person.”
Volunteer socialisers will look after an the pup in their home for a year, teaching obedience skills and introducing the young dogs to new people, sights and sounds.
The pups are placed with volunteers at eight weeks and will stay for 12 to 16 months before returning to one of two national centres.
Volunteers will receive full support from the charity’s training team, along with regular home visits.
If you think you could help train a hearing dog, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.