Hearing Dogs for Deaf People offers life-changing independence, confidence and companionship by training dogs to alert deaf people to important sounds and danger signals. Hearing dogs also help to reduce the isolation, anxiety and loneliness that deafness can often bring.
Since our inception in 1982, we have created over 2,300 partnerships between deaf recipients and hearing dogs. Today there are over 900 working dogs across the UK.
Training a hearing dog takes around 18 months. Our puppies start their journey by living with volunteer puppy socialisers, who teach them obedience and start helping them recognise important sounds. They then progress to advanced ‘soundwork’ training (associating specific sounds with actions) at one of our training centres, and are then partnered with a deaf person.
It costs £40,000 for the breeding, training and life-long care of each hearing dog partnership. We do not receive any government funding and rely on the generosity of individuals, groups and organisations to support our life-changing work.
There are many ways in which you can get involved and help change the life of a deaf person, from buying a raffle ticket to volunteering. To find out more about our work, please get in touch: