Max the hearing dog has found a new life with Simon and Carol Brown at Kings Meadows, but he has also given them new opportunities too.
Starting out as a rescue dog in Hobart, Max has spent the past eight months in training with Lions Hearing Dogs in Adelaide and was delivered to his new home with the Browns on Monday.
The first few days in his new home were spent acclimatising to his new surroundings and owners, learning the sounds and smells and continuing his training with two Hearing Dogs trainers.
Max, 2, settled in straight away and the new family are already a loving unit, Mr Brown said.
“Life will be different, but just having Max in our life as company is quite beautiful,” Mr Brown said.
“His company is the priority and learning the sounds for us,” he said.
Max has been trained to know the doorbell, a knock, oven timer and the smoke alarm at his new home, as well as basic sign language, trainer Mary Knight said.
“He’s been quite receptive,” Ms Knight said.
“Max has to alert [Simon and Carol] by putting a paw on their leg,” she said.
Other Lions Hearing Dogs are trained to learn specific household sounds, such as a baby’s cry, or the sound a feeding machine makes.
Kings Meadows Lions Club has paid $2000 for Max’s training, after Mr Brown requested a Lions Hearing Dog.
Max is the 554th Lions Hearing Dog and the first in Northern Tasmania.