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Date Posted: 00:39:14 04/27/04 Tue
Author Host/IP: 22.214.171.124
Subject: Re: Deaf Shih Tzu
In reply to:
's message, "Deaf Shih Tzu" on 11:19:52 04/26/04 Mon
One of my all-time favorite fosters was a small puppymill-rescue Shih Tzu girl. She was one tough cookie, I used to call her my miniature, long-haired bulldog. ;-) She could hear, though she often chose not to. lol!
Ping sounds like a cute little stinker. *smile*
I'm glad you've found this board helpful! Have you considered joining the deafdogs yahoogroup? Very helpful, friendly bunch of folks on that group!
>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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