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Date Posted: 21:57:24 04/29/04 Thu
Author: Kristin
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Subject: Re: Considering adopting a deaf dog
In reply to: Laurie 's message, "Considering adopting a deaf dog" on 19:37:11 04/29/04 Thu

Hi Laurie,

I believe it is a myth that deaf dogs show any more aggression than hearing dogs. In fact, I do not know of an aggressive deaf dog, and I know of several aggressive hearing dogs. That being said, you should do the training exercises to keep your dog from being startled from sleep, but according to what I've read, there is no evidence that deaf dogs are more aggressive than hearing. In fact, the evidence seems to be just the opposite. (This was from a study I read, and I do not remember where or what the study was.)

My dog has never bitten a person or another dog. He is, of all my dogs, the most friendly towards people and dogs. If I'm going into a situation where there will be lots of dogs in close quarters, and I need to take one of my dogs, I take my deaf dog because he's just the best around other animals.

As with any dog, socialization is key. I cannot stress that enough. If you get a dog, get it into puppy class (or if it's too old for puppy class, a training class that uses positive methods.) Socialize, socialize, socialize.

I absolutely do not regret getting a deaf dog. It's been a wonderful experience, and he's just the best little guy you could ask for.


>We are considering adopting a deaf dog, a dalmatian.
>We have been reading a variety of things on the
>internet and thought it would be helpful to have some
>input from people who actually own a deaf dog. I am
>most concerned about the claims that a deaf dog can
>become aggressive due the "startle effect." Have any
>of you found this to be true? Has your dog bitten you
>or someone else, or attacked another animal due to
>this? I have also read that you can train them so the
>startle effect is lessened. Wondering also if that is
>true. Thanks for any help!

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  • Re: Considering adopting a deaf dog -- Misty, 23:55:50 04/29/04 Thu

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