Can Do Canines Hearing Assist Dogs are taught to alert a person who is deaf or hard of hearing to sounds by making physical contact with them. A hearing service dog will paw or nose nudge their human partner when certain sounds occur, and then lead them to the source of the sound. Some of the sounds the dogs may be trained to alert to include:
- a door knock or doorbell
- an oven timer
- a smoke detector
- an alarm clock
- an individual’s name being called
- a phone ringing
- a baby crying
- a dropped item
General Criteria for Hearing Assist Dog Applicants:
- Must be a resident of Minnesota or Wisconsin
- Must be deaf or have a severe to profound hearing loss
- Must be physically and financially able to take full responsibility for the dog after certification
- Must be at least 18 years old
- Must not currently own a dog unless applying to owner-train their pet
Click on the photo below to watch a video clip of one or our hearing teams.
Video Transcript of Casey and Fallon:
I like to walk, and I walk on paths. And previously, I could never hear anybody approaching behind me on a bike. And so it would startle me and oftentimes--several times, I got, you know they nicked my elbow because I didn't know anybody was there.
And one of the benefits of Fallon and walking with her is I watch her head out of the peripheral when we're walking. So when she turns, I see her head turn. I turn and I can see somebody coming way behind me and so I'll go further off to the right. And that's, that protects me, okay? That's protected me several times, and I want to thank everybody for that.