Hearing Dogs for Deaf People: Help Needed

Hearing Dogs for Deaf People is a national Charity that trains clever dogs to alert deaf people to important sounds – and right now they are urgently looking for dog-loving volunteers in our directory areas – Harrogate, Malton and Pickering, Boroughbridge and Pocklington – to take care of their adorable puppies…

The role of a puppy socialiser is to look after a pup from the age of 8 weeks until 14-16 months. Volunteers provide the puppy with skills and obedience training, and take them along to weekly puppy classes and into as many different environments as possible. All volunteers are fully supported by the charity’s expert dog trainers, who provide guidance every step of the way.

“I really would recommend volunteering to anybody who is thinking about taking up a new challenge in 2017”

Ann and Andrew Tunstall, joined in 2016 so we spoke to them about their experience so far as puppy socialisers for Hearing Dogs:
“We are training our first puppy Ryder, a gorgeous Show Cocker Spaniel.  We wanted to get involved with puppy socialising as we love dogs and wanted to help a great cause. We have family members that have hearing impairments, so appreciate how a hearing dog can improve the quality of life for an individual.”
“We are a busy, active family, with 3 children in school. Ryder has settled in really well and adapted to our lifestyle. Puppy Socialising has given us an understanding of the responsibilities of having a dog. We enjoy attending puppy classes and the home visits by the Puppy Training Instructor mean that as a family we all get to be involved in training Ryder and it’s so rewarding to watch him respond to what he’s learnt.”
“I really would recommend volunteering to anybody who is thinking about taking up a new challenge in 2017 and has the time and desire to help. It is a great way to learn about dog training and also you feel so proud to be helping someone.”

If you’re looking for a worthwhile resolution, why not help train a puppy?  To find out more, contact the volunteering team on volunteer@hearingdogs.org.uk, 01844 348122 or visit our website www.hearingdogs.org.uk/volunteer.