Post # 1
We found a dog that is absolutely adorable. She is 8 weeks and playful, and so sweet. The only problem, she is deaf. I don’t have experience with a deaf dog. I have always had a very special place in my heart for the disabled because of my MR brother but a dog is different than a person. I understand some limitations and never plan to let any dog, especially a deaf one, off the leash or outside of a fenced in or closed off area. Hearing or not, it just isn’t safe. So, am I crazy? Do you think this would be a tougher batle than I am imagining? I already use hand signals with verbal commands in training with my hearing pup. And I know that we would have to get one of those pricy remote controlled vibrating collars for “no” or to get her attention some way… I dunno. Thoughts?
Post # 3
Aw! I definitely think you should get her! I have such a soft spot for animals, especially disabled ones. I totally would if I was you, but then again I can’t say no to any animal. : )
Post # 4
Being the ridiculous animal lover that I am, I really hope you adopt her! I think with your attitude it would be perfect. 🙂 Of course you’ll have to handle the normal puppy issues slightly differently, but I don’t imagine it would be THAT much more difficult. You just have to re-train yourselves to use non-verbals. But since you’d know it going into it and can do some research on it, I say yes! 🙂
Post # 5
If you are up for it, go for it! I’ve known several deaf dogs and they were all great. That being said, do invest in a good vibration collar. There are cheap ones out there, but having a longer range one is better. I love the SportDog collars. I use one of their collars for off leash work with my dogs. I’ve got one that will only respond to vibrate, while the other one will respond to beeps.
Post # 6
See? That’s what I was thinking! Mr. Hedgie is wary because he wouldn’t be able to call her from another room or get her to stop doing something unless he has a vibrating remote in hand or she is looking at him… but I think those things are managable. The person adopting out the puppy doesn’t want her to go to a home with another dog because ” She wont be able to hear the other dog growl and could get hurt” but dogs find ways to cope, especially since they are more postural. And I don’t think Ari has ever growled… at anything. Even when she was overpowered by some big dogs!
Post # 7
I think the issue at hand is not about whether or not deaf dogs are capable of learning and functioning in the household but more so how your dog responds with the new dog and if the new dog likes other dogs. A trial would be great!
If the owner does not want the dog to go to a house with another dog, I’m not sure how you can get around that. Best of luck!
Post # 8
@Mrs Hedgehog: I had a neighbor that brought a deaf cocker into her house. It was older, and she had 2 others at the time. It fit right in and had no issues. If you bring a puppy in and monitor them whenever they are together, you should be able to make it work.
I see no reason to not adopt a deaf dog, especially if you already understand using hand signals. I would definitely recommend a vibration collar. The cheap ones have short ranges, and a lot of the time you have to be in line of sight. I used a cheap collar before I got our nice one and there was a good difference.
Post # 9
I adopted a deaf dog and he is wonderful! He knows basic hand signals and can read my body language extremely well. He has also had no problems with other dogs. If you watch, dogs communicate through scent and body language more than barking.
I use a normal collar and/or harness with a retractable leash- he knows a quick tug on the leash means to turn around. I do not think the vibrating collar is necessary at all.
Because you’d be getting him as a puppy, you could train him from a young age to respond to your signals. The hardest part is when you first adopt because you have to physically get up and move the dog when he’s doing something you don’t like. But once you both adjust and the dog learns, its no big deal.
Honestly, I still talk to my dog and I don’t think he even realizes he’s deaf. He is the best 🙂
Post # 10
I would actually recommend a deaf dog to go to a home with another dog, not the other way around! Often disabled dogs (both blind and deaf) rely on another dog to help them cope with their surroundings.
Post # 11
I just got this e-mail from the current owner which really excites me!
” Wow you have really done some research!! Your emails are very impressive and I would really love to speak with you just send me your # and a good time to call to you I think you might be an awesome home for her.“
Post # 13
Deaf dogs are great! And you’re right to think that your dog will communicate primarily through non-vocal means.
If you have questions I’d bet that if you emailed my dog’s rescue they could help.
They take in a ton of deaf dogs, and Reed has a few of them herself.
That’s Gator’s page, one of Reed’s dogs. I love Gator. Mailing there would be just as good.
Deaf dogs are very adaptable! Just look at all the stuff Gator knows how to balance on his head!
Post # 14
I had a deaf dog. We actually didn’t realize for a couple of weeks after we brought her home. She was amazing! Sweetest, happiest most darling little girl ever. As long as she was looking at you, you could give her commands. She knew sign language! Sadly, she passed away just last week. Don’t let perceived handicaps keep you from getting her. There are some things you have to be extra aware with, but mostly everyone forgot she was deaf and treated her like any other pup.
Post # 15
You know in your heart if it’s right, and it sounds like you do! Meeting her is the real test, I went looking for a dog in search of a big shorthair and wound up with a pomeranian I couldn’t be happier with! Deafness comes with it’s own challenges, but nothing you can’t overcome. My cat is deaf and beyond having the LOUDEST meow ever he is just like any other cat.
Post # 16
OH I have tears in my eyes reading this!! YES!! Please adopt her, I hope you speak with the lady and your hubby wants to adopt her! I don’t have any experience with any deaf pets but I’m sure if you guys do your research, I’m sure she will be a great pet for your family 🙂 Please keep us updated and I want to see a pic of this precious little pup!