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
- Doorbell ringing
- Knock on front door
- Rapping on patio door or window
- Smoke alarm sounding
- ind up minute timer, oven or microwave timer going off
- Baby crying
- 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]
- Phone ringing
- 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.