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Date Posted: 11:19:52 04/26/04 Mon
Author: Mursy
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Subject: Deaf Shih Tzu


I have a 10 month old Shit Tzu, i purchased him at a pet store in Florida at 4 months old.

When i returned home with our new pup. 3 weeks later, i had him checked by a vet and found that he had a bad ear infection. That was treated and cleared up with time, two sets of medication.

After all his problems were taken care of i thought it was quite odd that he was not responding to his name yet, which is Ping Pong.

It still did not set in that he could be deaf i just never ran into a deaf dog.

He of course was a real little terror, one example he pulled down my exmas tree, lol. I read in a book if you wanted to get your pups attention put some coins in a pop can and shake it when you want to divert his attention, well i did that and started wondering why it did not work. I then realized he never answered the door, didn't hear the door bell or anyone knocking.

When i had Ping neutered i asked the Vet to check his ear drums and she said they were fine, he should hear. I still don't believe she thinks he is deaf. I will clear that up next visit.

I am assuming that Ping has been deaf from birth which they say is hard to tell as the pups follow each other.I have been doing a lot of reading on this site and others but i have not read about any other Shih Tzu's being deaf, nor do i see any in the lists of dogs for deafness. Has anyone else?

Ping has a black mask and ears, a little blonde on his back but one lot of white, his undercoat is pure white. He is a beautiful boy and we love him dearly and will never part with him

After all my reading i started teaching him signs, he is very stubborn but is learning, he can sit, lay, stay, wait, shake a paw and come. He is not the quickest at some of them yet but i keep working with him and he loves his teaching treats, lol

We have had and still do to some extent, a nipping problem, he seems to think that is the only way to play. I would like to thank you for all the ideas on your forum, they have helped me alot.


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