Marcus our Trainee Hearing Dog

Marcus August 2016 Marcus November 2016 Marcus March 2018

Hearing Dogs for Deaf People is a national charity and centre of excellence in training dogs to alert deaf people to important sounds and danger signals in the home, work place and public buildings. The charity receives no government funding and relies entirely on the support of individuals and companies to continue its life-changing work.

Thomas Ridley Foodservice has close ties to the charity because the mother of one of the Directors was profoundly deaf. The family dog, Whisky used his own intuition and instinct to assist her giving her confidence throughout the day to interact in the wider community.

We have been supporting Marcus, our latest trainee hearing dog since 2016 and throughout the time he has been doing really well mastering his training that will help him one day be able to partner up with a deaf recipient to help change their life.

Marcus’ trainer Polly Wren explained, ‘Marcus is doing really well in his training.  He is living with some volunteer’s full time and I visit them a few times a week to do his training.  I have been teaching him all the sounds he will need to know for his future recipient.  We have also been getting him confident going into the local town and doing things the recipient will be doing such as shopping, settling in a cafe and going on public transport.  We are looking at booking in his Hearing Dog Accreditation in the near future so fingers crossed with this.'

We wish you all the luck for your Hearing Dog Accreditation Marcus, and hope that in the near future you will be able to change someone’s life greatly.

Thomas Ridley look forward to continuing our support in the future to the Hearing Dogs for Deaf People. For more information and to support this fantastic charity, please visit

Written by Thomas Ridley FoodService
Thomas Ridley FoodService
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