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Date Posted: 14:00:48 09/28/03 Sun
Author: Amanda
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Subject: BAER testing
In reply to: Michelle Rupp 's message, "how do I know if he's deaf" on 12:53:41 09/26/03 Fri


On that page, there's a link to places that do the testing. Some of the examples you use sound like either my deaf dog or my hearing ones, especially as puppies. My hearing puppy ignored my voice sometimes just as much as the deaf puppy, and she still does sometimes. I joke that she pretends to be deaf, since it works so well for her brother. And the deaf one picks up cues from me and the other two dogs so well that most people don't realize he's deaf unless I tell them. A very unscientific way to check...keep his treats in a box or jar and shake them before you give him one. Do it a few times, then later, while he's in one room (all settled down with no distractions), out of sight, (and there are no other dogs present to tip him off), go into another room and shake the box, and even say his "treat word". If he does hear and doesn't respond, I'd be shocked! :) If he doesn't respond to your voice or loud sounds, even when there are no distractions, I'd have him checked. Remember though, that things like stomping your feet don't count, since they are likely to respond to the vibration. Our guy even "hears" trains go by our house, since they vibrate our floor so nicely. Does he wake up when you come home? Deaf dogs, in my experience, can sleep through just about anything.

And as Noofies has taught me, training a deaf dog is no different than training a hearing dog, except in the way you communicate, ie, sign instead of voice. :)

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