The pleasures and problems of hearing dog ownership.

Lynette A Hart, R. L. Zasloff, A. M. Benfatto

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Emotional aspects of owning hearing dogs were explored in 38 hearing-dog owners and a control group of 23 prospective owners. Both groups listed companionship and hearing assistance as pleasant reasons for owning such dogs. Having a dog and personal independence were reasons mentioned only by prospective owners. Both groups mentioned travel complications as unpleasant problems. Owners referred to dogs' behavior problems significantly more often than did prospective owners who appeared to have unrealistic expectations that dog ownership would be problem-free.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)969-970
Number of pages2
JournalPsychological Reports
Issue number3 Pt 1
StatePublished - Dec 1995

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)


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