|Barked: Sun Dec 2, '12 3:54pm PST |
|Sanka isn't deaf, but he is certainly VERY hard of hearing. I guess it isn't that big of a jump for me because he's always been an independent hound, and I just got used to him not listening.
Clapping seems to be about the only think he'll really respond to now. If he's say on the other side of the room, I can clap (really loud!) and he'll hear it. He isn't able to pinpoint the location of the sound, but he hears it enough to have a look. And that's when I usually point or pat my leg to get him to come along.
Outside, he usually doesn't hear much...or at least it seems that way. He's never been good off leash, so I've just gotten used to always keeping an eye on him when out and about.
There are 2 "problems" that I've run into. One is at the dog park. If I want to leave, he'll be on the other side of the park, and I just have to wait until he makes his way around. I've always been a patient person, but that really helps me practice patience.
The other is waking him from sleep. He's a sound sleeper too. No sound will wake him up. Smells don't wake him up. I put a fresh slice of bacon in front of his nose, and he didn't wake up! The only way I can wake him up is by touch, and it does startle him sometimes unfortunately. I try my best to not have to wake him up, but older dogs just tend to sleep more, and he can be completely out seconds after laying down too.
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