Sydnops wrote:I know you have to use some type of sign language with him but is socializing with other dogs or people going to be near to impossible? I have two other dogs and if I have to keep them all in separate rooms and crates I will. I just want to make sure I do everything I can to keep everyone safe and happy and healthy. I am going to take him back to the vet to check those out. He is due for some shots anyways....since last week oh dear I'm so bad
Curly_07 wrote:Is he all white on his head and ears? Almost all white head and ear foster dogs I've had come thru have been deaf. We have a few deaf kidos on here, and tons of info on them and training. Member named Stormi is a great one I can think of. Can you try searching some of her posts/topics?
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Novy wrote:Sydnops wrote:I know you have to use some type of sign language with him but is socializing with other dogs or people going to be near to impossible? I have two other dogs and if I have to keep them all in separate rooms and crates I will. I just want to make sure I do everything I can to keep everyone safe and happy and healthy. I am going to take him back to the vet to check those out. He is due for some shots anyways....since last week oh dear I'm so bad
Since the potential for him being at least partially deaf is quite likely, I'd start linking hand signals to all the commands you are giving your other dogs right now since he is following their lead. The signals do not necessarily have to be ASL based, it's whatever makes sense to you as long as they are clear and consistent is all that really matters. As far as socialization, he's still a puppy so don't let his potential "disability" (I have a hard time calling it that because most days I think my dog's deafness is a positive trait) effect how you treat him or socialize him. He will pick up cues on body language just by playing and socializing that will help fill most the void of him not being able to take audible cues like growling or yelping. I didn't get my dog until she was 3.5 years old and she seemed to have a pretty unstable past. Dog reactivity is the biggest issue I face and I'm sure it had a lot to do with not being properly or frequently socialized when she was young.
I would imagine a vet could probably get a better idea of what his hearing level is like, you would could also experiment with sounds a bit to see what you can learn. In a year and a half the only thing I've found my dog to actually respond to is a referee whistle, and it was just enough for her to perk her ears and look around. She's never even noticed the smoke detector going off. We also had a rubber air hose break 6' away from us in the yard last summer, sounded like a close range gun shot and she didn't notice that either. One thing to pay attention to when he seems to react to noise is how much vibration that noise makes or if there was any visual stimulation linked to it. Deaf dogs seem to tune into vibration really well. Mine notices even the slightest things like the furnace fan cutting in, using an inkjet printer well across the house, the dishwasher, ect. Heck she even loves the vacuum cleaner because it blows warm air.
As resources go, there is always a ton of talk going on at the Deaf Dogs Rock facebook page. It is geared more to networking deaf shelter dogs but there is still lots available to learn if you read back through posts and comments. I actually wish she would make a discussion forum on her website for deafie owners to really get more info out there. Lots of people shy away from deaf dogs, but IMO it is easier than owning a hearing dog once you get the hang of it.
Misskiwi67 wrote:Has he been BAER tested? This is the best way to determine if he is able to hear or not. Many clinics have a simple screening test which will determine yes he can hear or no he cannot (my clinic does this) but universities and specialty centers will have more advanced testing for the in-betweeners.
Stormi wrote:Quite possibly I don't frequent this forum as much as I used to, but I poke around from time to time. I am extremely well aquatinted to raising, training, and living with deaf dogs. If you've got specific questions, I'd be happy to chime in with some advice.
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Sydnops wrote:I don't think the clinic I work at has that type of technology yet. The man that owns the dang thing (and refuses to retire) is in his 80's. I've read about it but heard it could be kind of pricey and my working minimum wage isn't going to cut it. Just to be safe, I'm probably going to train him like I would a deaf dog then have serious problems in the future. I don't want any behavior problems because I didn't address it early enough.
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