President’s note: a series of emails recently posted on the Yahoo Group of NRC rescue Presidents.
Saturday, March 11, 2017 6:48 PM
Subject: Deaf dogs
Wondering if anyone has anything to share about deaf dogs and ideas to make their lives easier? For instance, when left alone anything that makes them feel more comfortable. I totally forgot this boy was deaf when recommending leaving the TV or radio on.... DUH
Anything about life in general that might help our senior boy that is deaf?
Thanks for any suggestions....
Here are some helpful letters from owners of deaf dogs…………………….
From Annie's foster failure Mom:
Annie is deaf as a result of total ear canal ablation surgery. She was barely able to hear prior to the surgery, so there wasn't much adjustment after.
We have other dogs, so Annie feeds off of them. If they run to the door, she will follow thinking there is something to investigate. We take her to dog parks without fences, and she watches us, and we watch her.
She senses vibrations, so it is rare for her to get startled. If she is sleeping deeply, I will pet her lightly to wake her.
Annie lives a normal life, and I don't do much different than I would with a hearing dog. I sometimes forget she's deaf.
Annie attends lots of GRRoW fundraisers as her Mom is our VP of Admin.
On Mar 12, 2017, at 11:24 AM, KD wrote:
I have had several deaf dogs… They could feel vibrations, so if I clapped they would come. They too learned hand signals very quickly. And eye cues were way easier for them than me, LOL. Dogs use eyes all the time. Look at me, look at the bowl, instructed me to put food in the bowl.
If you watch carefully how dogs communicate, it is pretty easy to work with a deaf dog.
It made me smile to think of it.
Saturday, March 11, 2017 6:59 PM
Subject: Deaf dogs
I have a deaf dog.
I always touch her shoulder and not her hind end to get her attention as she is a Maltese and was attacked by a big dog so this reduces her startle.
I taught her the typical hand signals and a few different hand signals....two fingers in a V sign pointed at her and drawn back to me means I'm talking to you Violet rather than one of the other dogs .... so we can communicate. Hand motion like eating to see if she wants a treat as she is a picky eater and doesn't always want one.
She taught me when she wants to be lifted into the chair to sit with me by turning around with her hind end facing me....just make up hand signals for what you want to say.
We have 4 goldens too, so she just follows them for a lot of things like going outside, running to the front yard to bark at the UPS guy (She barks too.)
She is afraid of thunderstorms and keeping a night light on at night helps.
I bought a couple of books, but they really just focused on training a dog with hand signals so I didn't find them overly helpful.
On Mar 12, 2017, at 6:22 AM, 'Great Rescue of NE Florida' wrote:
What a lovely story and how wonderful that your sweet little Violet is doing well. Bless your gentle Goldens also for understanding her situation and giving her the space to enjoy life. Although we’ve not had a deaf dog, you’ve given me some good info for when the times ever comes.