Owning a hearing dog is different to owning a pet dog. Most importantly, hearing dogs are working dogs. They love to work—it’s what they’re trained to do—but they do need your full commitment to maintain their training throughout their lives.
Hearing dogs predominately live inside but are not allowed to sit on beds or couches, as this can increase their perception of their status in the home. As a result they may become lazy and harder to manage, increasing the likelihood of them not working for you.
As an owner, we expect that your hearing dog will accompany you everywhere. This will strengthen your bond and keep your dog interested and happy. You must not leave your dog inside your house when you’re not home.