Types of Hearing Assistance Dogs

Home Hearing Dog:

You may be better suited for a Home Hearing Dog if the following is true:

  • You do not need a dog to assist you in public a minimum of three times a week.
  • You are retired or work from home and do not need a dog to alert you to sounds in the workplace
  • You do not need a dog to assist you in class
  • You do not travel frequently and need a dog to alert you to sounds in the hotel room
  • You only travel by car
  • You want a dog to accompany you to only pet-friendly establishments like pet stores, pet-friendly restaurants, and pet-friendly hotels
  • You are willing to regularly train a HHD to keep their obedience and sound work sharp in the home, but do not want to regularly have to train a dog for public access skills.

Certified Hearing Dog:

You may be better suited for a Certified Hearing Dog if the following is true:

  • You need a dog to assist you in public more than three times a week on shopping trips, doctor’s appointments, college classes, restaurants etc.
  • You need a dog to alert you to sounds such as door knocks, name calls, or the smoke alarm in the workplace.
  • You regularly travel on an airplane and need a dog to accompany you.
  • You travel often and need a dog to alert you to sounds in a hotel room.
  • You need a dog to accompany you anywhere the public is allowed.
  • You are willing to regularly train a CHD to keep their obedience and sound work sharp in the home and are willing to regularly train a dog in public to keep their public access skills up to ADI standards.