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International Hearing Dog Inc.

Hearing Dog

Labs, Goldens, Standard Poodles, Doodles, Mixed Breed Rescues

ADI Candidate Program

International Hearing Dog Inc.

Denver Metro

Colorado located with the ability to travel to our facility for weekly training classes.


The organization provides:

  • Crate

  • Vest

  • All Equipment

  • Food

  • Vet Costs

  • Grooming

  • Monthly Preventatives

  • Starter Toys

  • Starter Treats

Raisers pay for:

  • Replacement equipment

  • Treats

  • Toys

Supplies & Financial 


The Basics: 

  • House training, grooming acclimation, foundation behaviors like loose leash walking, not jumping up, crate training, socialization to people, places, and things

  • Basic obedience cues like name call, sit, down, stay, come heel

Advanced Cues:

  • Public access behavior, Self-control around distractions

  • All training is with the support and assistance of our training team

Training Responsibilities

  • Read the Puppy Raiser job description and FAQs

  • Fill out a Puppy Raiser application

  • Interview with IHDI's Volunteer Coordinator

  • Home visit, conducted by IHDI staff,  with ALL people and pets living in the home.

  • Background check for all people over the age of 18 in the home ($20 paid by the volunteer)

  • Orientation and basic hands-on training class


  • Weekly Class

  • Monthly report

Time Commitment

  • Dogs are typically spayed or neutered between 9 and 11 months of age.


  • Harness

  • Martingale

  • Head Collars (on a case by case basis)

  • 4-6" leashes

Training Equipment

Raisers are given a Puppy Raiser Manual as well as a manual for Cues/Games for puppies.  After orientation and before accepting a dog into their home, all raisers have a hands-on dog handling session with our trainers to practice the things they'll be responsible for.  Additionally, raisers are provided guidance at weekly in-person training sessions.

Training Guidance

IHDI dogs in training are housed by fosters even after their initial puppy raisers, sometimes with the same volunteer and sometimes with someone new.  We are a small program so are able to be a bit flexible with our volunteers around some logistics.  We appreciate if dogs are brought to our facility when it is time for them to move on to the next level, but could also arrange for pick-up.  Raisers can talk to the trainer at the time of drop-off and are welcome to ask for updates as the dog progresses through training.


There is not currently a formal graduation for puppy raisers.  IHDI does celebrate our volunteers throughout the year with thank you's and small gifts, because we couldn't do our work without you! 

Puppy raisers may meet the dogs new handler at team training or graduation.


IHDI empowers individuals who are d/Dear of hard of hearing by purposefully training specially selected dogs to alert to sounds; carefully matching these dogs with handlers who are d/Deaf and hard of hearing; and supporting the paired teams throughout the lifetime of the match. 

IHDI is one of the only programs that trains only hearing dogs for people who are d/Deaf and hard of hearing, uniquely serving this population.  

Our dogs don't ever live in a kennel, but are in a home environment throughout their training. 

Being a puppy raiser with IHDI is a way to be a part of something good for the community while learning and having fun with a group!  Raisers are never on their own, as we work hard to make both our volunteers and our dogs successful.


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