Dog Health and Nutrition 

Caring for Your Deaf Dog

Some congenital causes of deafness in dogs can be tested in parents or young puppies and tend to occur in certain breeds. For example, deafness is more common in Dalmatians. If you are looking to purchase a purebred puppy, speak to your veterinarian about potentially inherited problems that certain breeds experience.

If you already own a dog and suspect they may be losing their hearing, see your veterinarian as some conditions, such as infections, that cause these signs can be treated.

How can I tell if my dog ​​is deaf?

  • Your dog is so good at handling all of its other senses that it can sometimes be difficult to tell his or her hearing.
  • If you’re not sure, look for these signs: Deaf dogs may not hear you coming closer and may not move their ears or turn to see where a sound is coming from.
  • Ask your veterinarian to assess your dog’s hearing if you are concerned.

Make life easier for your deaf dog

  • If your canine friend is deaf, the most important thing to consider is their safety.
  • For safety reasons, avoid circumstances in which a voice signal can be life-saving, e.g. B. Unleashed walks in high traffic areas as you may not hear them.
  • Make sure the whole family knows they can’t leave the gates open to avoid your deaf dog having an unexpected adventure.
  • Remember, your deaf dog will not hear the noises that you naturally take for granted. The growl, threat, or approach of other animals cannot be heard, creating an increased potential for conflict and fighting. With some planning and gentle but firm physical control, these risks can easily be minimized.
  • If your dog is deaf, he will sleep soundly and be easily startled. Make sure the whole family knows how to approach them from a point where they can see you so they know what to expect.
  • If they wear a collar, make sure they have a label on it with your address, your vet’s phone number, and a note that says “I’m Deaf”. This makes their job a lot easier when someone finds them!
  • Finally, as with all dogs, it’s best to have them microchipped.

Communication with Deaf Dogs

  • Your dog may be deaf, but there are still many ways you can “talk” to him, keep that special bond between the two of you, and keep him out of anger.
  • In general, lead control is an effective way to get your dog’s attention around your home when needed.
  • Voice commands can be replaced with hand signals, which are clear and easy to recognize, provided they are consistent.
  • Vibrations like a foot stepping on the ground can also come in handy – be inventive and find out what works best for both of you.

Train deaf dogs

    • Training Deaf dogs requires a unique and sometimes creative approach. So, contact an experienced dog trainer for help.
    • Once your dog learns that responsiveness is rewarded, obedience and control hand signals, just like voice commands for hearing dogs, can be taught and amplified – and they will have just as much fun learning them!
    • When it comes to teaching deaf dogs how to make eye contact, reward them quickly for turning around in response to light lead strokes or headstamps. Eye contact should be encouraged and regularly reinforced, even if it is well established. Just avoid staring at your dog as he will appear threatening to him despite your best intentions.

All in all, regardless of your dog’s hearing abilities, there are many ways to live full and happy lives together – all you need is the care and love that only you can give them.

All in all, regardless of your dog’s hearing abilities, there are many ways to live full and happy lives together – all you need is the care and love that only you can give them.

Dalmatians in the park

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