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Date Posted: 16:41:22 11/18/04 Thu
Author: Kristin
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Subject: Re: Considering adopting a deaf dog
In reply to: Tracy Johnson 's message, "Considering adopting a deaf dog" on 12:08:43 11/16/04 Tue

I'm glad you're researching deaf dogs before jumping in with one. They're great dogs, but do have special requirements.

My advice would first be prepared for more training work on your part. With a deaf dog, you can't sit on the sofa and say, "Hey, stop that" and have your dog obey. You'll have to get up, go over to the dog, get it's attention and give a "no" sign to stop the behavior. If you are just too tired, your dog learns that it's OK to do whatever bad behavior they are involved in (chasing the cat, sniffing in the cold fireplace ashes, chewing a pillow - whatever). Their behaviors will deteriorate, and they will also become alpha dog in your house. Then, you're really in trouble.

So, be determined in your training. I knew before I got my pup that I was going to deal with any misbehaviors, even if I was tired, etc.

In fact, just now as I was typing this, I heard my deaf boy chewing something. He was standing over my phone, which is on the floor at the moment. So, I went over to him to see what he was doing. He was chewing a bone right by the phone. I signed that he was a "good boy." I do this type of thing many times a day. It's part of being a good owner of a deaf dog.

Also, another big issue that I don't think the average person really takes to heart is that deaf dogs must NEVER be allowed off a leash unless they are in a totally fenced area. You cannot call a deaf dog back when they are running into danger. This is a huge deal, and I understand that most deaf dogs die in accidents - like getting hit by a car.

I hope others will respond to your request for info with things they think are important about owning a deaf dog. Each dog is different, of course, so others will have some good, but different, advice.


I have three rescue hearing dogs and I am considering
>adopting a deaf terrier/aus. cattle dog mix. I would
>like to know if anyone has any information for me. I
>have been on the deafdogs.org site which is very
>helpful. I was just looking for some hands on
>experienced people to give advice. Thank you.

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