Willful shelter dogs train to assist people with hearing impairments

10/26/2009 | ABC News

An organization in Princeton, Mass., trains shelter dogs to become assistance animals for people with hearing impairments. Dogs chosen to assist people who have hearing impairments must have the instinct to act independently even when their handler is unaware that an action needs to be taken, says Kathy Foreman of the National Education for Assistance Dog Service, which has placed 1,300 dogs nationwide since 1976.

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