If you want to train a dog you already have, check with your local Humane Society. Some
of them have programs to help train assistance dogs.
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- Animals with Jobs - Hearing Dogs (Board book) by Judith Presnall.
ISBN: 0737718269. Reading level:
Ages 9-12. Making physical contact with their paws
or noses, hearing dogs alert their deaf or hard-of-hearing masters to
ordinary household noises. These sounds include doorbells, alarm clocks,
ringing telephones, buzzing oven timers, blaring smoke alarms and even
Me an Ear: The Temperament, Selection, and Training of the Hearing Dog by
Martha Hoffman, Mark Anderson. ISBN: 0944875564. From The "Partners
Forum" The magazine of the International Association of Assistance Dog
Partners. Lend Me An Ear by Martha Hoffman breaks new ground and would be an
outstanding addition to the library of anyone with an interest in the
assistance dog field. This trainer who is affiliated with the San Francisco
SPCA Hearing Dog Program has evaluated hundreds of shelter dogs over the
years. She believes hearing dogs are born, not made. She discusses what what
evaluation tests she administers in what order and how to interpret the
behavior each candidate displays.
Dog by Andrea J. Zoll and
Arlene J. Garcia. ISBN: 1412018153. Reading level: Ages 9-12.
Adventures happen when Luke, who is deaf, gets a puppy named Herald. They
discover they can talk to each other, and together they learn about
friendship, love and trust.
Friendships: The Story of Willa and Her Hearing Dog by Elizabeth Yates.
ISBN: 0890846502. Sound Friendships is the story of Willa Macy, who lost her
hearing when she was fourteen years old, and Honey, a golden retriever, who
helped her to discover a new world of independence and security. It is also a
story about Hearing Dogs--their background, training, special abilities, and
the unique relationship they develop with their owners in working to surmount
the barriers of a physical handicap.