Scientific evidence proves that dogs have more heightened senses compared to humans. This includes the hearing senses. However, if a dog loses this sense or maybe it was born deaf, there’s a major challenge both for the owner and the dog itself. However, this does not imply that the two cannot live a happy and harmonious life.
To mitigate the dangers and hindrances that come with such a deformity, adjustments come in handy. Nothing much. Chances are high that even though the dog can’t hear, they can smell and see. So, if that’s the case, all will be well.
Before we delve deeper into this subject, let’s look at some of the factors to consider while trying to establish whether your dog has a hearing issue. You should be on the look-out for behaviors such as confusion in following the commands issued, inattentiveness, tilting, repeated head shaking, and prolonged barking. All this are some of the characteristics associated with dogs that suffer from hearing problems. It’s therefore important for you to consult with your veterinary about the matter.
In extreme cases, you might find out that your dog’s ears appear to be sensitive, infected, or smell bad. Then it’s the high time for you to visit your veterinary. The problem could be a simple temporary issue or some permanent ear damage.
As a dog owner, the first priority that you ought to have with a dog that’s deaf is safety. It’s obvious that you should not allow a deaf dog to go off leash outside a yard that’s fenced. This is especially the case if they will not be in a position to notice the incoming traffic.
You also need to consider changing your dog’s ID tag so that you can indicate that they’re deaf. This works very well if they happen to get loose. It serves as an alert to any stranger who comes into contact with the dog.
If you’re trying to train a deaf dog, consider using hand gestures. The hand signals can be combined with the voice commands. The dog will gradually associate commands such as “stay”, “down”, “sit” and “walk” with certain gestures.
Having identified the specific hand gesture that you’re going to use as a command, make sure that you stick to it. Let the same gesture be used by all the other family members in your house.
Make sure that you’re consistent, the same principle applies to other forms of communication. Remember the importance of using rewards and treats during the training phase. Treats work very well in positive reinforcement and association of words.
The other signal that can use is the flashlight. For instance, if the dog is out on the yard, just use the flashlight to bring them back into the house. Since a deaf dog cannot respond accordingly in a natural way, desist from startling them.
The other technique that you can use is to place food near his nose. This works very well when you’re trying to wake a sleeping dog. If you have some kids around, let them be aware of the dog’s condition so that they treat them accordingly.
Gentleness is key here. Same applies to visitors who are coming to your house, let them know about the special condition of your dog. If a deaf dog is agitated, they might end up biting or snapping.