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3 Star Award for CarmichaelUK Sponsored Hearing Dog

Darren Scott

August 18, 2017

CarmichaelUK sponsors two puppies at a charity local to our Head Office in Oxfordshire. Hearing Dogs for Deaf People train dogs to alert deaf people to sounds they would otherwise miss. Being aware of these, thanks to a hearing dog, makes a real difference to deaf people’s lives. Deafness can be a very isolating disability and a hearing dog can give a deaf person a newfound sense of independence and confidence.

Our latest update comes from Casper, a 10-month-old Labrador, and his socialiser Claire.

Casper is progressing with his sound work training. He is now able to alert us to alarm clocks, cooker timers and the door bell! He’s a really steady and consistent dog. Calm when required but loves any opportunity to play with other dogs and children. In the past few months, we’ve been increasing his distractions and temptations to test his ability and strengthen his concentration to prepare him for future challenges. Casper has passed all his tasks and is moving on to his four-star award next. He also passed his Kennel Club Bronze Award in April.

It will be some time yet before Casper completes his Hearing Dog training, in the meantime, he’ll continue to live with his socialiser.

Sponsoring Casper’s training as a Hearing Dog isn’t just about finding a loyal companion for a deaf person, it’s about changing lives. Once training is complete, Casper will be able to alert his deaf recipient to all kinds of sounds. Simple sounds we take for granted like the doorbell, alarm clock and even danger signals like the fire alarm! Company Director, Collette Carmichael said: “We’re delighted to be sponsoring a puppy with Hearing Dogs for Deaf People.  Being a stones throw away in Thame we see a number of the dogs being trained on our high street and we are thrilled to be contributing to such a worthy cause that changes people’s lives. We’re looking forward to developing our relationship with the charity and its incredible animals.”

Click here to find out more about Hearing Dogs for Deaf People and the amazing work they do.