As your dog ages, they become more susceptible to hearing loss which could be a result of chronic ear infections, injuries, or just getting older. Some dogs are even born with congenital deafness. It’s important to understand that caring for a deaf dog requires a lot of patience but they’re just as loving and rewarding.
Approaching A Deaf Dog
Deafness is not a condition pet owners should be afraid of, although when it comes to approaching a deaf dog, you should exhibit special care and caution. Always approach a deaf dog from the front where they can see you–never from behind. Deaf animals have a tendency to be startled easily, which may result in a bite as an instinctual defense mechanism.
Ensure that the dog sees you before you touch him. A good way to get their attention is to stomp on the floor–they will feel the vibration and react to it. Always allow the dog time to “sniff” you: this will begin building a bridge of trust between you and the dog. Once you have the opportunity to touch the dog, like any other dog they will be your new best friend, showing love and affection.
Training A Deaf Pet
in dogs does not mean that they can’t be trained–they must rely on their other senses to learn commands. Since they’re unable to hear you, they compensate by being very observant. Deaf dogs tend to be quick learners paying close attention to their owner’s movements and visual cues. It may be in yours and your dog’s best interest to take specialized dog training classes together that focus on hand signals instead of verbal commands. Be aware that there will be ups and downs, just as there are with any dog that goes through obedience training.
Love Is Deaf
Deaf dogs make wonderful companions and show the same adoration and loyalty as hearing dogs do. All you need is to extend your hand and let their paw fall in yours. You can change the life of a deaf dog by being their anchor in life, showing love, commitment, and trust. #nationaldeafdogawarenessweek