Royal Canin is the sole supplier of food for Hearing Dogs for Deaf People, who train dogs to alert deaf people to sounds.
Hearing Dogs for Deaf People is a national charity that train hearing dogs to alert deaf people to everyday sounds and danger signals in their home, work place and in public buildings.
- Hearing Dogs for Deaf People was launched in 1982, at Crufts dog show.
- Hearing dogs are provided to deaf people at no charge
- Hearing Dogs for Deaf People have created over 1,600 life-changing partnerships between deaf people and hearing dogs. However, demand is growing and it is vital they train more puppies to meet this need.
- Each dog is trained to the specific needs of the deaf individual they have been matched to, creating a life-changing partnership
- The life-changing benefits of a hearing dog are so far-reaching that they currently have a waiting list of people who could benefit enormously.
- Hearing dogs wear burgundy jackets and lead slips, helping others to recognise an otherwise largely invisible disability.
Find out more about this amazing charity http://www.hearingdogs.org.uk/
Hearing Puppy Diary
We are proud to introduce Royal Canin's very own sponsored hearing dog, Jazz! This puppy was named by members of our Facebook page, and is currently in training to become a full-time hearing dog. Read below to find out the latest news...
Hearing Dogs for Deaf People's training department is divided into two main phases: Foundation and Partnership. Jazz must now complete and pass both phases to be placed with a recipient.
Jazz started stage 1 Foundation Assessment training, which lasts 10 weeks. In order to pass this assessment the dog must be of a good nature and behave confidently with different people, animals and other dogs in different environments. Jazz must also develop her obedience command skills, such as 'heel', 'sit', 'down' and 'recall; all in varying environments. Jazz should also be showing progress in telling her owner about every day sounds in the house such as the cooker timer, doorbell etc. Once Jazz has passed her FA, a suitable recipient will be invited to meet her. They will spend a few days with Jazz, during this time both the recipient and trainer will decide whether a successful partnership can be formed.
and loves getting out and about, meeting new people and situations. She is enjoying the sunshine after all the recent rain and has discovered that she loves chasing and retrieving a ball. Until recently she’d decided that carrying and retrieving other things she’d find in the park was far more interesting! She’s not keen on swimming yet, although she will go into the water for a paddle. As a Labrador perhaps her “eureka” moment is still to come, and she’s waiting for the warmer weather.
Jazz’s socialiser is an assistant agility trainer at a local club and Jazz really enjoys watching the other dogs during the class, hoping for a chance to join in. She runs around while the equipment is set up and loved the tunnel immediately. Who knows, maybe one day...
Jazz has settled in well to her London family home
living with her puppy socialiser, her two children and a cat too! Of course, living with a cat can initially be quite exciting for a young puppy but with a little work and lots of encouragement with food rewards (for the cat as well!) Jazz is now much calmer with her feline friend.
She has been progressing very well with her socialisation, getting used to walking near busy traffic for example. She has also now started her puppy classes with four other puppies and she looks like she has the makings of a star pupil.
Over the coming months Jazz will be working hard on achieving her Kennel Club Good Citizens Bronze award so we wish her the best of luck for her training and assessment. We’ll be sure to let you know how she gets on.
Meet eight-week-old hearing dog puppy Jazz
We are proud to introduce Royal Canin's very own sponsored hearing dog, Jazz! At the moment, Jazz is living with one of the Charity's volunteer puppy socialisers as she starts the first phase of her training, which is all about socialisation. Just like any puppy in a new home, she is learning all about life in the big wide world – developing her house-training, obedience and social skills as well as getting used to going out and about. Jazz will remain with her puppy socialiser until she reaches around 12-14 months old, when she will be ready to start her soundwork training at one of the Charity's two national Training Centres. Once she is fully trained and has passed her assessments she will be partnered with a deaf person, providing a life-changing level of independence, confidence and security by alerting her recipient to important sounds and danger signals. We are very pleased to be sponsoring Jazz’s training and supporting such a great charity. We’ll keep you up to date with all her activities throughout her development.
You can help form an amazing partnership
By sponsoring a dog, you can help create a partnership between a deaf person and their hearing dog. Matches are made with great care and partnerships are supported on an ongoing basis. Hearing dogs are loved and valued, with deaf people often finding that their lives are completely transformed by the partnership.
Learn more about Puppy Sponsorship and sign up today by visiting http://www.hearingdogs.org.uk/donate/puppysponsorship/about-puppy-sponsorship
As a thank you for supporting Hearing Dogs, we are running an exclusive offer for puppy sponsors. Sign up to sponsor a puppy with a monthly donation of £5 or more by Direct Debit and you’ll receive a free bag of Royal Canin premium dog or cat food. If you have already signed up, then visit the link below, enter your details and your unique code (found on the leaflet in your welcome pack) and we will send you a voucher for your chosen FREE bag.
Full terms and conditions for the offer apply, visit www.royalcanin.co.uk/terms