Caring for a Deaf Dog

Tips to help make your hearing-impaired dog’s life easier.

Are you thinking of bringing home a deaf puppy? Has your older dog experienced hearing loss? Hearing-impaired dogs can live full and happy lives, particularly if you make some adjustments inside and outside your home.

Because a deaf dog may startle more easily, help him avoid the unexpected. At home:

  • Place his bed against a wall or in a corner.
  • Set up food and water stations outside of family traffic patterns.
  • Teach young children a hand signal for greeting the dog. Although the dog might not need such a formal salutation, teaching kids to pause and sign, “Hello, Buster!” will result in a gentler approach.
  • If your dog isn’t watching when you leave the house, leave him a “note” (such as slippers by the front door) to signal that you’ll be back shortly.
  • Set up a room or secluded area your dog can use when he needs to retreat from young children or energetic pets.
  • Develop a “visible doorbell” to inform your dog that guests are about to enter the house: flash a hall light or stomp your feet before you open the door.

Keep your dog safe and comfortable outside with these tips:

  • Always use a collar and leash; consider engraving “I’m deaf” on your dog’s tag .
  • Fence in your yard. Invite friendly canine playmates over to socialize, rather than letting your dog off-leash at a park.
  • Be sure your neighbors know your dog is deaf; tell them you never let him out alone. If they spot your dog wandering unattended, instruct them how to react (phone you, approach the dog and so on).
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