About Hearing Dog Soundwork Courses

We teach the dog to understand concepts, not simply to exhibit rote behavior. The dog learns Soundwork as a purposeful, self-motivated activity that becomes an integral part of its life and relationship with the trainer. Our approach uses games and activities that make the process easy for dog and trainer. Each activity and course integrates with the others to produce a dog that alerts to the sounds its person needs to know about, as well as situations that can’t be predicted. When a dog understands concepts, it generalizes and becomes creative in its alerting. Amazing things can happen when the team develops great communication through training.

Soundwork Courses We Currently Offer

Soundwork 101: Foundations of Soundwork

Soundwork 101: Foundations of Soundwork

Course Length: 3 Weeks
Start Date: TBA

This FREE 3-week course gives you:

  • Written lectures on temperament, building social, food and toy motivation, evaluating trainers, and motivating yourself for successful training.
  • Videos to show you all the different alerts, and help you decide what you’d like to teach your own dog.
  • Information to set up your environment to encourage natural alerting, and make later formal training as easy as possible for you and your dog.
  • Help to motivate your dog to work with persistence, energy and initiative. We help you with individualized methods and games to increase toy, food and social motivation.
  • Conditioning a happy response to the electronic timer and door knock.
  • A foundation so that your dog will be ready for the next courses.

Purchase Options

MHHD has three different levels of participation for our online courses.

All the information in the course is available to all students, but your participation varies.

RED LEVEL

$ 60

Per Course
  • Access to Entire Course
  • Participate in confidential classroom discussion online
  • Participate in Live Chats online with the Instructor
  • Feedback on lesson and assignment results
  • Lifetime access to course materials after completion
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BLUE LEVELMost Popular

$ 240

Per Course
  • Access to Entire Course
  • Participate in confidential classroom discussion online
  • Participate in Live Chats online with the Instructor
  • Two private consultation sessions with the Instructor
  • Personal evaluation and feedback on your final results
Purchase Now!

GOLD LEVEL

$ 600

Per Course
  • All services from Red and Blue levels
  • Weekly consultation sessions with Instructor
  • Bonus course materials mailed to you
  • Free copy of Martha Hoffman’s book
  • Framed certificate of completion
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Soundwork 102: Two-Way Alerting (Back and Forth)

Soundwork 102: Two-Way Alerting (Back and Forth)

Course Length: 3 Weeks
Start Date: Nov 19 2016

Your dog will learn the basic behaviors that later lead to all the alerts:

  • “Wiggle-Lure”cue. This means “Move fast!”
  • Back-and-forth behavior: this foundation training teaches the dog a concept that it will later generalize to all other soundwork training.
  • Timer response: Conditioning the timer sound and incorporating it with back-and-forth behavior. In later courses, the dog is taught to generalize to other sounds in place of the timer.
  • Alert Behavior: a Nose-Nudge or a Jump-Up touch alert (or other alert of your choosing).
  • Two-Way Alerts: the constant back-and-forth behavior of going to a sound and back to alert you. This behavior can later be “plugged in” to any other alert you teach. By first teaching this concept using an electronic timer, the training goes fast, and the dog will have an easy time generalizing to other sounds you introduce later.
  • Alerting persistently with infrequent treats, and with no treat-odor on the trainer. This method helps the dog alert in real life situations.
  • Optional: using remote treat dispensers to cut training time.

Purchase Options

MHHD has three different levels of participation for our online courses.

All the information in the course is available to all students, but your participation varies.

RED LEVEL

$ 60

Per Course
  • Access to Entire Course
  • Participate in confidential classroom discussion online
  • Participate in Live Chats online with the Instructor
  • Feedback on lesson and assignment results
  • Lifetime access to course materials after completion
Purchase Now!

BLUE LEVELMost Popular

$ 240

Per Course
  • Access to Entire Course
  • Participate in confidential classroom discussion online
  • Participate in Live Chats online with the Instructor
  • Two private consultation sessions with the Instructor
  • Personal evaluation and feedback on your final results
Purchase Now!

GOLD LEVEL

$ 600

Per Course
  • All services from Red and Blue levels
  • Weekly consultation sessions with Instructor
  • Bonus course materials mailed to you
  • Free copy of Martha Hoffman’s book
  • Framed certificate of completion
Purchase Now!

Soundwork 103: Advanced Two-Way (Back and Forth) Alerting

Soundwork 103: Advanced Two-Way (Back and Forth) Alerting

Course Length: 3 Weeks
Start Date: TBA

This 6-week course gives you:

  • Alerting at a distance or from out of sight.
  • Expanding your dogs basic alert behavior to create new alerts to other sounds, tailored to your own lifestyle and home. This includes Doorbell, phone, timers, buzzers, and baby cry alerts.
  • Alerting persistently in difficult real life situations.
  • Creative solutions to sound alerting issues your dog might be showing.
  • Remote treat dispenser training can help you cut training time in half.

Our games teach the dog the concepts of:

  • Distance alerting when trainer or sound is not in sight.
  • Finding new sounds in new places.
  • Alerting to unusual sounds or situations the dog has not been trained for.

Purchase Options

MHHD has three different levels of participation for our online courses.

All the information in the course is available to all students, but your participation varies.

RED LEVEL

$ 60

Per Course
  • Access to Entire Course
  • Participate in confidential classroom discussion online
  • Participate in Live Chats online with the Instructor
  • Feedback on lesson and assignment results
  • Lifetime access to course materials after completion
Purchase Now!

BLUE LEVELMost Popular

$ 240

Per Course
  • Access to Entire Course
  • Participate in confidential classroom discussion online
  • Participate in Live Chats online with the Instructor
  • Two private consultation sessions with the Instructor
  • Personal evaluation and feedback on your final results
Purchase Now!

GOLD LEVEL

$ 600

Per Course
  • All services from Red and Blue levels
  • Weekly consultation sessions with Instructor
  • Bonus course materials mailed to you
  • Free copy of Martha Hoffman’s book
  • Framed certificate of completion
Purchase Now!

Other Courses Currently in Development

We are feverishly working to add more and more coursework to MHHD! The list of courses below are in the works and will be made available to you on this website as soon as they’re ready. So, keep checking back to see “What’s New?!” at MHHD!

Soundwork 104: Go Get Help

Soundwork 104: “Go Get Help”

Course Length: 6 Weeks
Start Date: Coming Soon

  • Smoke alarm and alarm clock alerts require that the dog must wake up from a sound sleep. It must then persistently alert until the trainer is fully awake. For a dog, this is probably the most difficult of all HD tasks.
  • Go Get Help” sends a dog to alert a person to follow the dog back to you.  This also has applications for Medical Alert Service Dogs.
  • Remote Treat Dispenser games to expand your skills.

Read online lectures, view training videos, and participate in your own secret FB group and weekly live chats with faculty.

Soundwork 105: Go Get Help

Soundwork 105: Introduction to Public Alerts

Course Length: 6 Weeks
Start Date: Coming Soon

When you have successfully completed this course, your dog will be able to:

  • Alert for dropped items
  • Alert appropriately for impaired mobility
  • Alert in response to name greeting
  • Games and exercises for teaching cues, new sounds, and HD and SD behaviors.

Read online lectures, view training videos, and participate in your own confidential FB group and weekly live chats with faculty.

Soundwork 106: Traffic Alert

Soundwork 106: Advanced Public Alerts

Course Length: 6 Weeks
Start Date: Coming Soon

Drone alerts? You think of it, together we’ll figure out how to train it! Are you encountering challenging situations, people or dogs? Individualized solutions and ideas for advanced Soundwork.

  • Traffic Alerts: vehicles and people approaching from behind.
  • Dropped Item Alert
  • “Inner Lassie” training teaches the dog to generalize alerts to unusual sounds and situations.
  • Name Call in public situations
  • Remote Treat Dispensers reduce training time and reduce the need for human helpers. Integrate the dispenser to add a new alert, then fade out the dispenser in smooth easy successions.

Read online lectures, view training videos, and participate in your own secret FB group and weekly live chats with faculty.