3/25/2011:

[A new series on Hoboken411 today called "Hoboken Dog of the Month"...]

Eva, A German Shepard Service Dog

Had the pleasure of meeting Eva and her handler Beatrice the other day at the Elysian Park dog run uptown.

Eva is a Service Dog “in training” for her owner, who is hard of hearing. She’s about a year and a half old. Service dogs for the deaf are trained to perform special tasks for their owners, including – but not limited to: Fire rescue (which involves dragging the owner out of the building), opening the door, answering the phone – and more.

Only about six months into her training (with over a year left), Eva is a very mild mannered dog – who Beatrice is slowing getting acclimated to other dogs in the neighborhood (she loved Oscar!) So far, she’s doing great with her training – but still needs practice with the fire alarms, which are very hard on the dogs ears – and their ability to focus. Eva is coached twice a week by her trainer – along with daily exercises that her owner must practice.

Read more about Service Dogs for the hard of hearing here and also see what Cesar Milan has to say about Hearing Dogs here.

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