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What is a Hearing Dog?

A hearing dog is specially trained to alert a person to sounds important for daily and home life.  The dogs are trained in obedience, social etiquette and trained to alert their partner to vital everyday sounds.  The smoke alarm, oven timer, alarm clock, doorbell, door knock and telephone ring are some of the more common sounds selected for the dog's training. The dogs work alongside qualified deaf/hard of hearing individuals.

Their human partners learn to work as a team with the dog in this unique relationship.

Where do the dogs come from?

Golden Ears operates an owner-training program for qualified individuals and their dog. We test the approved applicant's dog for appropriate sound response and the dog must have their health checks done prior to the dog's acceptance into the program.

We are a non-profit charitable organization.

Golden Ears Hearing Dog Training Center is granted nonprofit status under 501 (c) (3) from the Internal Revenue Service (Tax ID Number: 91-1593277). Golden Ears is also registered with the State of Washington as a nonprofit center and Charitable Organization (Number: 8559).

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