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Date Posted: 23:13:27 05/08/04 Sat
Author: Noofies
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Subject: Re: Concerns before adopting
In reply to: Barbara 's message, "Concerns before adopting" on 19:53:33 05/07/04 Fri

Four of my own dogs are deaf, one is hearing. I foster both hearing and deaf dogs, and I have never seen the dogs have a problem communicating.

A dog's "native tongue" is body language, sounds are (mostly) just additional emphasis for a body posture or facial expression. Whether hearing or deaf, dogs understand that a play bow is an invitation to play, a curled lip is a warning, rolling onto one's back is a demonstration of submission, etc.

Dogs adapt to other dogs' deafness very easily, and if this particular dog's personality is a good match with your two residents, then I wouldn't hesitate to adopt her. If they would get along with her if she could hear, the fact that she doesn't won't be a barrier.

>I'm considering adopting Luna,a sweet one yr old
>female deaf dog from the Humane Society.My concern is
>that I already have two hearing dogs. My female dog is
>6 and is the dominant one.My male dog is 5 and is
>quite hyper. Will this situation be too stressful for
>Luna to adjust to? Do deaf dogs live comfortably with
>other(hearing)animals? I have so many
>questions..Anyone that was in a similar situation
>PLEASE reply. I need to know what I'm getting into to
>make the right decision.

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