Caring for a Deaf Dog

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Caring for a Deaf Dog
Deaf dogs make excellent additions as family pets. In fact, families with deaf dogs indicate it’s not that much different from having a hearing dog. When you adopt a deaf dog, the life you’ll save is priceless.

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Cause of deafness in dogs
Deafness in pets can be genetic or acquired through drug reactions, old age, or trauma. Although any animal can be deaf, it is more common in white animals. Some breeds, such as Boxers and Dalmatians, are more inclined to deafness than others.

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Deaf (vs) hearing dogs
Deaf dogs bark and make all the usual sounds that hearing dogs do. However, they are easily trainable because they are focused on your every move.

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How do I communicate with a deaf dog
Deaf dogs can be trained to react to clear, distinguishable hand signs if they are visible from a distance and used consistently. Ask the shelter or rescue group where you adopt the dog if the previous owner used hand signs.

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How do I get my dog’s attention

  • Vibrations, such as thumping on the floor with your hand or foot
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  • Flicking the porch light on and off or shining a flashlight
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  • Tossing a lightweight toy into the dog’s line of sight
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  • Waving your hand in front of the dog
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  • Jiggling the leash on a walk

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Will a deaf dog require more time commitment
With any dog, whether hearing or deaf, it’s essential to form a trusting bond and develop your dog’s self-assurance through positive communications.

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Will other dogs know my dog is deaf
Establish a prompt to alert your dog when animals are nearby to keep him safe. You should also watch individual dogs for signs of aggression, fear, or discomfort.

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Support organizations
Several rescue groups concentrate on deaf animal adoption and rescue, such as:

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