Hearing and Service Dogs
We train dogs as working partners for Texans living with a severe loss of hearing or mobility.
Hearing Dogs and Service Dogs can be your lifeline and your best friend.
Our services are free of charge. They include customized training and follow up for the lifetime of the dog.
You must live in Texas and be at least 25 years old to apply.
We do not train a dog you already own.
Types of Dogs We Provide
Alert their deaf/hard of hearing partners to sounds, like the doorbell, phone, oven timer, smoke alarm and baby’s cry. We can add additional requested sounds. Typically, a smaller dog because they touch you to get your attention, then lead you to the sound.
Pick up things you drop, open and close doors, tug open the refrigerator and retrieve a bottle of water or other item. We can add additional requested tasks that are safe for the dog to perform. Examples: nudging a paralyzed arm or leg into position, assistance with clothing, assistance with laundry. Typically a larger dog like a Labrador Retriever.
The Dog Has 2 Jobs
Job #1 – Perform the assistance behaviors described above.
Job #2 – In public, be calm and responsive to their handler’s cues.
We train our dogs to accompany you in public places, such as stores and restaurants. The dog’s and your training will include working in public.
Facility Dogs – Courthouse and First Responder Facility Dogs
Courthouse Facility Dogs comfort children when they are interviewed or in court regarding abuse and other crimes. They live with and work with a staff member of the District or County Attorney’s office.
First Responder Facility Dogs provide comfort to Emergency Medical Services staff, Firehouse staff, and other medical personnel in selected facilities. These dogs help ease the distress of those affected by the trauma they see on the job. Facility Dogs are highly trained and certified Assistance Dogs that are partnered with and live with a trained facility staff member.
Facility Dogs are different from Therapy Dogs. Volunteers take Therapy Dogs to various places like hospitals, senior centers, and even courthouses to comfort people. However, when a child is interviewed about potential abuse, the interview is confidential.
Therefore, the professional conducting the interview is the Facility Courthouse Dog’s handler. We also train Courthouse Dogs to be “invisible” in the courtroom, as some judges do not want the jury to be aware that the child witness has a dog in case it prejudices the jury in the child’s favor.
We provide Facility Dogs free of charge. If you are interested in applying for a Facility Dog, please email us.