Tasks: Hearing Dogs
The following are general tasks for hearing dogs. This list may not be fully inclusive as each individual's needs may differ.
ALERT TO SPECIFIC SOUNDS AT HOME
Knock on front door
Rapping on patio door or window
Smoke alarm sounding
Wind up minute timer, oven or microwave timer going off
Family member or other calling the name of the dog's partner
Child calling "mommy" [or other name, if applicable, such as daddy, grandpa, aunt]
Alarm clock buzzing
Computer equipment beeps
Horn honking in garage or driveway
Arrival of school bus
ALERT TO SPECIFIC SOUNDS AWAY FROM HOME
Siren of police car, fire truck or ambulance and indicate direction
Smoke alarm in workplace
Distinguish phone ringing on partner's desk at work from all other phones in workplace
Name of partner if coworker, friend, family member calls out that name
Cell phone or beeper
Smoke alarm in hotel or work
Fire drill at school or work
Vehicle honking to attract attention
OTHER POSSIBLE TASKS
Retrieve unheard dropped objects like keys , coins, or other objects
To enhance security when the team arrives home after dark, the dog enters the home first to turn on a light, nudging the metal base of a lamp with a touch lamp device
Carry a note from the partner to another household member, searching the house to find that individual
Carry messages between spouses, utilizing objects which signify dinner is ready or that the person needs help right away, and so forth.
Have the dog find and return with the hearing impaired person.
Warn of a vehicle approaching from behind, or making a sudden turn. A task that applies the intelligent disobedience principle to hearing dog work.
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