**OUT OF THE ORDINARY SUCCESS STORY, THIS ONE IS SPECIAL!!!**I have been working with a young, hearing impaired man who lip reads as he is almost 100% deaf. He asked me if I could help him train his Rottweiler pup ‘Diesel’, to be his ears for him.
So over the last very interesting month, I have had the opportunity to extend my knowledge and skills of dog training, beyond the usual obedience and good manners stuff. He wants to fix the following things to make life easier;
His number one priority was;
-TO USE HIS PHONE AS AN ALARM LIKE EVERYONE ELSE - instead of spending hundreds of dollars on expensive alarm clocks that shake his entire bed to wake him.
**MAJOR SUCCESS** In one training session I began the process of training Diesel to wake him with an alarm on his phone. He has continued the process and in 3 weeks Diesel, who is now 16 weeks old, is almost at the point where he can rely on his pup to wake him!!!
The next few things aren't as important for him but are things he wants to work on next;
1. HAVE HIS MEALS WARM - instead of going cold in the microwave because he hasn't heard the bell to let him know its cooked.
2. KNOW WHEN HIS PHONE IS RINGING.
3. KNOW SOMEONE IS KNOCKING AT THE DOOR.
This stuff most of us take for granted, but imagine if you couldn't have these things and how frustrating that would be.
Now we are about to start the process to have Diesel, let him know about the microwave, his phone and the door. So for that I asked him to think about how he wants to be alerted of those things and gave him a few ideas about how his pup could let him know.
There are few different ways that he could be alerted but he’s going with my suggestion of having Diesel bring a bowl to represent the microwave, a nudge on his left knee for his phone. He’s still undecided on the door, but leaning towards shaking hands an leading him to the door, my suggestion was to have Diesel bring him a plastic set of keys and lead him to the door, but I think he’ll end up going with the shaking hands idea.
My job is totally awesome, I've said this before and I'll say it again, I'm so lucky and glad to have this gift and be able to help.I’m eagerly anticipating the next step along the journey, of helping make this young mans life easier. Storm Mitchell - 27/7/2014