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Success for hearing dogs trainer
A HEARING Dogs worker has been awared a prestigious teaching qualification for her work training assistance dogs.
Jay Elcock, training team leader at Hearing Dogs for Deaf People, became one of just two members of the assistance dog community to receive the Kennel Club Accredited Instructors Certificate.
The 31-year-old was given the certificate last Wednesday at the charity's HQ in Saunderton.
Hearing dogs are trained to alert their users to the sounds of the doorbell, alarm clock, telephone and fire alarm, and also provide deaf people with greater independence, confidence and companionship.
Jay manages a team of advanced sound work trainers and her role is to support and mentor existing staff, train new staff, and ensure that hearing dogs and their recipients are given all the relevant training required throughout their partnership.
Jay said: ‘I am incredibly proud to become one of the first assistance dog accredited instructors, and was delighted to receive my certificate from the Kennel Club. The course involved a lot of hard work and effort, but I’ve learnt invaluable skills that will greatly enhance my training expertise at Hearing Dogs for Deaf People.
"It is vital that not only can I train dogs for their life changing role to assist a deaf person, but that I am also able to instruct others and support hearing dog users once they are matched with one of our highly-trained dogs."
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