Hearing Dogs are trained at our National Training Centre in New Plymouth. Sometimes it is necessary for us to place a trainee Hearing Dog puppy with a ‘socialiser’ until the dog is old enough to begin its formal sound training (usually around 8 months old), or even while it is being trained.
Socialisers look after the puppy and provide basic obedience training, general socialisation and human contact as per specific Hearing Dogs’ guidelines. Socialisers also reinforce basic obedience and sound training. A puppy may be placed with a socialiser for a few days, weeks or several months, depending on the circumstances.
All socialisers provide their services on a voluntary basis, free of charge.
Requirements of a Hearing Dog Socialiser:
- Likely to have had previous experience caring for and/or handling a dog
- Unlikely to have another dog younger than 2 years
- Must have a fully fenced enclosed area appropriate to the size and breed of the dog
- Will take part in an interview in their own home
- Willing to spend a good deal of quality time working with the dog and Hearing Dogs staff
- Will ensure the dog has human contact for at least 95% of a 24-hour period
- Will not leave the dog unsupervised at any time
- Will permit the dog to sleep indoors
- Will keep adequate and appropriate notes of the dog’s behaviour and performance
- Will comply with and adhere to our Socialising Guidelines and Socialiser Agreement
We provide the Socialiser with the dog’s bed, bedding, food, leash, toys, treats, bowls, indoor kennel (cage), medical treatments. We also provide initial orientation for each Socialiser, a notebook to record the dog’s behaviour and performance, and a Socialiser Manual.
To discuss whether the role of a Hearing Dog Socialiser might be suitable for you, please print this form or contact us at the address below. Thank you for your interest in these wonderful dogs!
Hearing Dogs for Deaf People New Zealand
P O Box 8117
Ph: 06 769 5000
Fax: 06 769 5400