|Barked: Sat Mar 12, '11 4:33pm PST |
|One of the best tips I can give is just treat him like a normal dog. At first it will be strange, having to do things like physically getting up to get him out of the trash or calling his name and him not coming. But after a couple weeks it will feel completely normal to you. None of my difficulties with Angel ever came from him being deaf.
The only real big difference between the care of a deaf and hearing dog is deaf dogs should NEVER be off leash unless in a contained, safe area. If they wander they can't hear you to get baeck, they can't hear cars or any other predators, so its a safety issue.
If you have kids, I would specifically ask a) how he is around kids and b) what he is like when he's startled. I know few here on dogster are cruel enough to startle their dogs intentionally, but stuff happens. Some dogs nip when startled, and some don't regardless of whether or not they can hear, but the truth is deaf dogs do startle easier because they can't hear things around them. I'm very lucky with Angel he has never bit when startled or displays any type of negative fear reaction.
If your lifestyle would not be hampered with his inability to be offleash (an thats not a bad thing, sometimes I envy my parent's pack that goes for offleash hikes all the time,) I think it would be a great experience. Its wonderful that you are considering giving him a chance. Especially since he's already had obedience courses and is working with a vibrating collar it sounds like he has gotten a great start and you guys will have all the tools and support needed for this endeavor.
Keep us posted. If you have any more questions feel free to ask or send a PM.
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