(Closed) Thinking of adopting a deaf dog… thoughts?

posted 7 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
34 posts
  • Wedding: April 2012

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
6892 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012

Being the ridiculous animal lover that I am, I really hope you adopt her! I think with your attitude it would be perfect. ๐Ÿ™‚ 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! ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 5
1137 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

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 # 7
7291 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011


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
1137 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

@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
2335 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

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 ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 10
3220 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

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 # 12
74 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Awesome! I would do it!

Post # 13
1774 posts
Buzzing bee

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
189 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

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
1075 posts
Bumble bee

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
1133 posts
Bumble bee

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 ๐Ÿ™‚ Please keep us updated and I want to see a pic of this precious little pup!

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