A dog that has completed extensive training to alert its owner to a variety of sounds in different environments. These certified hearing dogs are usually identified by a bright orange leash with black lettering. These certified hearing dogs are specially trained to assist individuals who have a hearing problem, that is people who are def or hard at hearing. They are usually trained to alert their partner to a various of things. These things are smoke alarm, alarm clock, doorbell, telephone ring, a child crying etc. The way they do this is that they paw its partner to get their attention and then lead them to the issue. There are some def people who are non-verbal as well, so these dogs can be trained to respond to sign language as well. In case of a seizure disorder or any physical disability a hearing dog can be trained to respond in a certain way. Certified hearing dogs are usually taken from the shelter at young age and therefore are mixed breeds. They are usually small to medium in size. Before they can undergo audio response training, these puppies are raised and socialized by puppy raisers who are also volunteers. This is a great way for a def person to have aid and to have a companion as well.