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Caring for a Deaf Dog

May 3rd is Specially-Abled Pets Day! Many sweet dogs that aren’t ‘perfect’ get passed over in favor of other pets. This is very sad, because these cute canines can make wonderful pets, and can still live full, happy lives. In fact, caring for them may be much easier than you think! Read on as a Sugar Land, TX vet offers a few tips on caring for a deaf pup.

Sign Language

Man’s Best Friend can learn to respond to hand signals just as easily as voice commands. Teach Fido to respond to basic commands like Sit, Stay, Come, Heel, and Lay Down. You may want to hire a professional trainer. It will be well worth it!

Walking

When walking your dog, keep him on a tight leash, especially if you are walking on the side of the road or in an area with other pups. Fido won’t hear traffic approaching, so you’ll need to be extra vigilant and make sure he doesn’t veer into the road.

With Bells On

Your furry pal won’t hear you if you call him, which may mean you may end up doing a room-to-room search when you want to find him. Put a bell on Fido’s collar. This will let you (and your other pets) know where your canine buddy is.

Piano

Sometimes dogs that have hearing issues can still hear lower range of musical notes. If you have a piano, try playing keys in the lower register. If Fido responds, you may be able to train him to come when you hit a few specific notes.

No Sneak Attacks

Take care not to sneak up on your canine pal. This is definitely a pet peeve among many pooches with hearing issues! If your dog is sleeping, stamp your foot until he sees you. Also, if you have to wake your dog up, try holding a treat under his nose. This is a much more pleasant way to wake up than being jolted awake!

Flashlight

Teach Fido to come when you wave a flashlight. This can be very useful when calling your furry friend after dark! You may also find it helpful to teach your four-legged friend to come when you flick a light on and off.

Please contact us, your Sugar Land, TX vet clinic, with questions or concerns about caring for your dog. We are here to help!

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