Hearing dogs can train on trains

by Leanne Thompson on December 5, 2008

Hearing Dogs for Deaf People is delighted that their hearing dogs look set to become a more familiar sight to those travelling by train after they received four train passes.

First TransPennine Express has kindly donated the rail passes to the charity in order to help it train their dogs and puppies.

It sounds ridiculous but although train operators are forced by law to allow assistance dogs such as Guide Dogs or Hearing Dogs on their trains, they do not have to allow assistance dogs in training.

Naturally, one of the most important parts of any assistance dog’s training is being socialised to everyday experiences, new places, sounds, people and smells and that includes different modes of transport.  If they aren’t allowed on trains until they have qualified as an assistance dog, surely that doesn’t make sense?

Luckily, First TransPennine Express welcomes dogs in training and their area performance manager, Yvonne Daykin, visited the Hearing Dogs’ Bielby training centre to present the passes.

Registered charity Hearing Dogs for Deaf People is always looking for people who wish to become a Puppy Parent or who can help out, so if there is anything you would like to do to help, visit the Hearing Dogs for Deaf People website.

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