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Deaf dog: how to handle the problem


Deaf dog, a difficult dog to treat but not impossible, just find an alternative channel and, with animals so rich in skills and communicative by nature, especially with us humans, I can say with certainty, and because with emotion I saw it with my own eyes, that it can be done. However, let's not underestimate the problem.

When we are in front of a deaf dog it must be considered that for him hearing loss involves many difficulties since, together with the sense of smell, it is one of the most acute senses. To convey the idea, a deaf dog does not hear or hear little, a non-deaf dog can perceive sounds up to 60 thousand Hertz against the 20 thousand Hertz we perceive.

For dogs, therefore, the lack of hearing is a strong sensory amputation and is not linked only to age. There are also cases of deaf dogs at a young age and for them even a partial loss is serious. We masters must know that our 4-legged friend will have to face many difficulties as well as a different life path: let's find out how to stay next to him.

Deaf dog: causes

A deaf dog it is, for example, due to injury to the auditory system, or due to an accumulation of ear wax in the ear canal. Other causes of deafness other than old age are also some particular infections or a congenital defect. This in a general landscape where a deaf dog every tot exists, as happens to us humans.

However, there are some breeds that are documented to have a high incidence of defects hereditary deafness, are the spotted spotted breeds, for example. In this category, for example, the deaf dog it is more frequent, as a dog deaf due to congenital deafness, that is to say the one inherited genetically. The causes are unknown but there is one sensorineural deafness which can develop on both ears or on one ear only.

Deaf dog: symptoms

If a deaf dog it is from birth it is extremely simple to understand it: it immediately does not react to commands, not to verbal ones. It also does nothing in case of loud noises or if it hears sound expressions of affection, so it is understood that the deaf dog he is deaf and not capricious or disobedient from birth.

When the deaf dog is the result of the progress of a disorder, understanding what is happening to our animal is a feat. It is not immediate and, as in many other cases, our observation skills and empathy with the dog help a lot. Here's what to look at, to recognize a deaf dog: scratching until it causes swelling, for example, or the presence of earwax foul smelling coming out of the ears.

And then, in front of a deaf dog potentially, you can do tests, there are techniques to notice if it gives no response to external stimuli. Or it is not a good sign if he seems confused when he receives a command, if he does not notice our presence until he sees us, or if he turns randomly at our call and not towards us.

Deaf dog: exercise for quick diagnosis

To unmask a deaf dog here's what you can do: stand behind him and shake a bag with his toys, or shake the packaging of his croquettes favorite. If it answers, we're sure it's not a deaf dog, but if time passes and we do not see any signs from him, not even lazy, then we are in the presence of deafness.

Even an abnormally slowed reaction can spot one hearing reduction and at that point I recommend repeating the experiment in the following days, gradually decreasing the intensity of the noise. Without missing a control of the veterinary which, for a deaf dog, or not deaf, when in doubt it is better to do.

You can also use the "extreme noise‚ÄĚScaring the dog with a sudden loud sound behind him. A deaf dog obviously he doesn't break down, otherwise, we know what a dog can do if he is scared to treachery.

Deaf dog: risks

If we have a deaf dog it is good not only to cure him but also to think that his is not a regular and easy life. For example it can be more often a victim of road accidents, or the cause. Aware of this weakness of the deaf dog, let's take it into your head that it is essential not to let our pet run around alone outside the home.

When walking, the deaf dog must always stay at leash and that its collar has a bell to identify its position when it moves away.

Deaf dog: training

It is difficult to train a deaf dog but, as mentioned, not impossible. A fundamental condition is to establish with one's own deaf dog a special relationship of complicity. He must trust us because we must and can guide and lead. For our part, it takes a lot perseverance and patience.


From a practical point of view, the utmost importance must be given to eye contact with the deaf dog, so that it can follow every command by seeing only the "to see" signals. The three fundamental things are therefore eye contact, treats, which also a deaf dog he desires a lot, and caresses. Same as for the crunchy.

It is then necessary to accustom him to the environment and to any noises that could scare him. When a deaf dog he sleeps, wakes him up and rewards him if he is not frightened, so as to prepare him for unpredictable external stimuli. It takes at least 2/4 hours of training a day, us and our loved one deaf dog, but we will come out victorious, learning to trust each other and build a new language of small gestures.

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