Hearing dogs are trained to alert their owners to sounds such as a ringing telephone or doorbell, boiling kettle, baby's cry, etc.
See: Dogs in Canada, July, 1993, p. 166, "Poodles" for information about Hearing Ear Dogs and Special Skills Dogs trained and placed by the Lions Foundation of Canada's Canine Section programmes at Oakville, Ontario. At the time of publication, approximately 130 Hearing Ear Dogs had been placed since the programme was initiated in 1979; approximately a dozen were Poodles. The Foundation's Special Skills programme was started in 1988. As of the time of publication, 15 dogs were working in the community, including four Poodles. Dogs in Canada, August, 1993, p. 80: "Poodles comprise approximately 10 per cent of all Hearing Ear Dogs and 20 per cent of all Special Skills Dogs trained and placed by the Lions Foundation of Canada's Canine Section, as of June, 1993.
"The Hearing Aid Poodle," by Hilane Cavanaugh, Poodle Variety, October/November 1982, p. 64, about Daisy, a Miniature Poodle, in training with Jacqueline Harbour to be a Hearing Ear Dog of Canada.
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