Hello all, I'm deaf and have acquired a black Standard Poodle puppy to train as my Hearing Dog so I can leave the premises on occasion without the Wife and not worry about dropping things (main concern for deaf people, you might know). I'm not too terribly concerned about deep training regarding the doorbell (I don't answer the door) or much else, the main thing will be simply alerting me when I drop something. I'm also epileptic (I hope that this isn't too much information, but it's just that epileptics tend to drop things) and I've lost keys, glasses, many many things that were irreplaceable because I simply don't hear them hit the ground... so we finally decided that I need help when the Wife is at work and I am stuck here at home, become restless and want to go for a stroll. He will also be trained to sit with me should I have an episode in public. The Support Group suggests that even with my mild form of epilepsy a Dog is recommended to be trained to accompany and should I fall, sit with me for the few seconds that I need to regain control because most scumbags won't approach a large Dog of ANY breed in order to nick my wallet while I cannot move. Naturally, I chose The Standard Poodle. Intelligent, regal, tall enough to reach with a regular Service harness handle (I'm a tallish man), and I've had Poodles all of my life so I know how easily trained they are. I named mine Marlowe. He's just over ten weeks old right now and a true blessing. Best decision since I asked my Wife to marry me over a decade ago. Nice to meet all of you.