Deaf Dog Awareness Week

We may have just missed the tail end of Deaf Dog Awareness week, but it’s never too late to extend the celebration.

Just as the website Deaf Dogs Rock states, “Deaf dogs hear with their hearts.” While their humans might have to approach their training and care a little bit differently than their hearing counterparts, deaf dogs are no less capable, loving, or adoptable.

Deaf dogs lose their hearing for many different reasons. The Deaf Dog Education Action Fund (DDEAF) explains how dogs experience hearing loss for many of the same reasons people do. Some dogs are born deaf (congenital deafness) while others become deaf due to aging, ear infections, exposure to loud noises, and the effects of medication.

Beagle dog laying on the couch

It’s difficult to truly determine whether or not your dog is deaf, whether in one or both ears. Both the DDEAF and Deaf Dogs Rock advocate for seeking a BAER test. Your vet can help with this process. These organizations also provide encouragement for owners of deaf dogs and resources.

Deafness does not take away a dog’s ability to lead a happy and healthy life. Check out Deaf Dogs Rock. You will find many, happy stories from real-life owners with deaf dogs in their families. Some think it’s impossible to train a deaf dog, but this is false. Deaf dogs are certainly trainable, though your approach may differ. Dogs that can hear respond to the sound of their names or owner’s call. On the other hand, deaf dogs can be taught to respond to sign language, treats, vibrations, and special vibrating collars.

Just as it is important to make sure your pet doesn’t run away and get lost, it’s extra important to do so with a deaf dog who can not hear its owners call. Take the same precautions to walk your deaf dog on a leash, make sure it’s microchipped or wearing proper identification, and secure your yard.

Are you seeking a pet sitter in the Melbourne Beach, Florida area? Give us a call at 321-794-4477. 

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