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Our newsroom is buzzing with exciting content, including releases, announcements, success stories, and more. We invite you to check out the newsroom. By staying connected through the newsroom, you'll get firsthand information about how we're making an impact and how you can get involved. Whether it's introducing a new team, sharing an upcoming event, or shout outs to our corporate partnerships, you'll find all the latest right there.

This evolution from IHDI to Paragon Service Dogs has been the culmination of a two-year-long effort. The name Paragon Service Dogs was carefully chosen to reflect our aspiration to set the standard in providing specialized service dogs and to amplify our mission. As Paragon Service Dogs, we're expanding our services to cater to a broader spectrum of individuals in need of service dogs.

Spring is in full swing, as is IHDI's appreciation of our incredible volunteers who keep our mission alive!

The February issue of the Hearing Dog Hearld shares updates on IHDI's work, including presenting at Denver University, trainer tips, client impact, and a chance to contribute to Miles on a Mission.

Sarah, an IHDI client, sheds light on the transformative impact of being partnered with Hearing Service Dog Penny.

Miles on a Mission by United offers you the chance to do good with your miles for IHDI!

Check out festive images of IHDI dogs and other news as 2023 wraps up, and learn about new ways to support IHDI in 2024.

It's not just a glance; it's the visual cue that he and the trainer are connected, a subtle language conveying trust and engagement.

Learn how Hearing Dog Bell is keeping her handler safe!

As Graham’s nickname is “Birdie,” it may just have been in the stars for him to be matched with Hearing Dog and Labrador retriever Birdie!

Thanks to your outstanding generosity, IHDI raised a remarkable $30,603 on Colorado Gives Day!

Your support of Colorado Gives Day opens the door to a world of possibilities for current and future hearing service dog teams. Make a gift today!

Be part of Colorado Gives Day and support life-changing hearing service dog teams like Jan and Enzo!

Your gift today helps bring together exceptional Hearing Dog Teams like Sara and Augie and can qualify IHDI for one of six $4,000 prizes!

Dynamic duos of days past, beware. Harvey and his hearing dog extraordinaire, Astro, are now on the scene!

Puppy Raiser Olivia included trainee Birdie in her Graduation photos as a way to capture their time growing, achieving, and now graduating...together! Olivia spent this past year as a dedicated Puppy Raiser to Birdie, who now gets to take her next step as a hearing service dog partner thanks to Olivia's gracious time, patience, and love as a volunteer Raiser!

IHDI client Kelsey recently shared how being partnered with Hearing Dog Charlie is positively improving her life.

International Hearing Dog is celebrating #InternationalAssistanceDogWeek by introducing Val and Hearing Dog Maggie!

IHDI's July Hearing Dog Herald shares stories from perfect pairings at graduation to partners for life.

Jeff, who waited four years to be matched with Hearing Dog Atlas, shares, “When we get it right, I can feel it inside.” With Atlas by his side, Jeff navigates his work and personal environments with renewed independence and a greater sense of security. When asked what he is most looking forward to in the near future with Atlas, Jeff replied, “Camping!” and next year, “Maybe even a cruise with Deaf friends!”

It’s crucial to IHDI that our Hearing Service Dog teams continue to do well after Team Training that we recertify them yearly! This is a tall order and requires a long-term commitment from our working teams.

If you give a dog a bone ... he'll chew it!  Nylabone Cares donated chews of all shapes and sizes to IHDI trainees! Nylabone's gift ensures all of our dogs' needs are met -- including providing safe and appropriate chews to keep them happy and healthy.

Catch up on the newest additions to the training program, supporter appreciation, annual recertification, and summer safety tips in the June issue.

Learning to come when called is such an essential behavior we introduce it early! Playing recall games with a partner by taking turns calling the puppy by name and rewarding them upon arrival makes it fun for the puppy to come when called, which helps to build a reliable behavior.

Thank you, South Metro Fire Station 21, for hosting a training outing at their station. From big engine vehicles to polite greetings in uniform, the outing was a great opportunity for the dogs in training to practice general cues in a new and fast-paced environment.

Always be yourself.  Unless you can be a pirate, then always be a pirate!  Because socialization is puppies learning how to handle novel things, we like to introduce all types of things and keep it fun! 

From smoke detectors to name calls, individuals approaching from behind, and emergency alerts coming through on one's phone, Hearing Dogs provide their handlers with unmatched safety by alerting them to the world around them.

From welcoming new dogs in training to clients telling us how their hearing service dog saved their life and volunteers sharing why they are motivated to be Puppy Raisers to a novel training opportunity at a firehouse, May ushered in positive experiences and blossoming relationships at IHDI.

Being a puppy raiser at IHDI has meant so much to me! I am proud to be supporting the Deaf and hard-of-hearing community by training a dog that will provide them with a sense of security and safety.

Augie and Astro are passing the leash to our newest PAWS-ability puppies in training, Cosmo & Camo.

Please welcome Camo to the IHDI puppy crew! Camo was picked for his resiliency and outgoing nature, but his adorable photogenic face is a fun bonus. He's a little pup with his sights set on being a Service Dog, and IHDI has high hopes of seeing those big dreams come true.

Introducing Hearing Dog Candidate, Cosmo! Selected to be a hearing Dog hopeful due to his self assured manner and gutsy attitude, Cosmo joins the PAWS’ABILITIES program to begin his training. Join us in welcoming Cosmo as he reaches for the stars!

April's issue of the Hearing Dog Hearld contains BIG news, warm welcomes, a new volunteer opportunity, and a tale of adventures at Stanley Market. Check out the issue to get all the details.

From elevator rides to bridges and tanks full of fish, IHDI dogs in training embark on adventures at Bass Pro Shops.

Earlier this month, International Hearing Dog was honored to share space & celebrate Deaf History Month with so many incredible d/Deaf and hard of hearing exhibitors, organizations, businesses, artists, community members, and their families at Deafopia.

Let's talk about what makes Kuranda Dog Beds a great training aid with Hearing Dog trainer, Leah!

Legacy High School's American Sign Language Classes leave a legacy of support for International Hearing Dog, year after year!

Want to help IHDI welcome new dogs to IHDI, be in the know about our awesome corporate sponsors, check out the latest from our give back partners, learn about IHDI training outings, or hear about opportunities to get involved? Join the Hearing Dog Herald! Or check the latest issue.

A huge thank you to WeatherTech, Colorado, for welcoming IHDI to their beautiful new showroom for a weekly handling class with our volunteer Puppy Raisers!

For the past two months and now for March & April, IHDI has been graciously supported by our local Bentley's Pet Stuff - Indian Tree location as their round-up at checkout recipients.

We are pleased to introduce our newest hearing service dog candidate, Brandy (aka Little Ms. Confident), sponsored by the Brandman Foundation!

Throughout the months of January and February, the High 5 Plumbing team shared our mission, highlighted our needs, and fundraised to supply Hearing Service Dogs to the d/Deaf and hard of hearing community!

Head collars, like the Gentle Leader or Halti, are just one important training tool that IHDI uses with our Hearing Dog trainees to help them learn the basics of how to walk nicely and calmly on a leash!

We got new dogs in training, new give-back partners, new volunteer experiences, and new events to share with you! Get the scoop on all that is new in the February issue of the Hearing Dog Herald.

IHDI Puppy Raiser, Isabella gave IHDI the scoop on what it means to her to be a Puppy Raiser for hearing dog hopeful Enzo.

International Hearing Dogs learn to get dressed as part of their training. As service dogs have to wear equipment every day, it is important that each dog in training is comfortable and confident in getting dressed to wear collars, harnesses, and vests.

2023 is shaping up to be another year of great things to come for IHDI. Read the January issue of the Hearing Dog Herald, we're catching you up on puppy progress, safety tips, and Tulok's adoption story and much more.

The Honest Kitchen and I and Love and You believe in and support, IHDI's hearing dog through in-kind support of needed items.

Since being partnered with Hearing Dog Rose Petal Joan's life has changed for the better at home and in her community.

High 5 Plumbing, through their High 5 Cares partnership, is helping to raise funds and share the mission of IHDI within the Denver Metro community!

AmazonSmile, Amazon's program that since 2013 has made it easier for customers to support their favorite charities, including IHDI, is effectively being discontinued next month. But our hearing dogs aren't frowning, as IHDI's Hearing Dog Heroes ensure they have every reason to smile.