Are you ready to hear one of those stories that will leave your heart full and a big smile on your face? Read on to hear a chicken-soup-for-the-soul worthy story!
Deaf dogs are still capable of learning the same commands as any other dog but the process is just a little different. Meet Blue, who was found abandoned in New York City where she was chained to a fence in freezing cold weather. She was brought to the ASPCA’s Canine Annex for Recovery and Enrichment (CARE) rehab center, where the trainers soon realized that Blue was deaf. With the help of specialists at this center, Blue has been able to learn over 25 commands from hand signals. Some of these signals include just a simple thumbs up for “good job” or a scooping hand motion with the hands that mean “sit.”
Blue may have had a cold and cruel beginning, but she has one warm heart that will soon be ready to leave CARE for the ASPCA’s Adoption Center. Her trainers hope that this loving, adorable, and cheese loving dog finds a home soon! Blue will be able to show whatever family that adopts her that deaf dogs are truly capable of anything.
If Blue’s story made you want to adopt a deaf dog right this moment, then have no fear because here’s some helpful tips for living with a deaf dog!
- Always keep your deaf dog on a leash or in a fenced yard. Since they can’t hear cars and other hazards, it’s important that they know what their boundaries are!
- Learn how to communicate using hand signals. The essential signals are: sit, stay, come, down, good, no, and watch. Be sure to establish a signal for your dog’s name!
- Make sure to buy a dog collar that informs others about your dog. Try something like: “Blue is deaf. If found, please call…”
- Have a bell on your dog’s collar so that you can find her.
- If you need to get your dog’s attention, use a flashlight to signal them!
- Always be consistent in your communication.
- Don’t forget to let your dog know when you are leaving the house! Since your dog can’t hear you leave, it’s important that your dog has some indication that you’ve left. Do not simply “disappear” when she is asleep– you wouldn’t want your pup to worry!
- To wake up a deaf dog, put food under their nose, or by touching her away from her face. Make sure to teach children how to wake a deaf dog without startling her. Some sleeping dogs don’t like rude awakenings and might bite (Think of how groggy you are when you’re suddenly woken up!)
How do you know if your dog is deaf? If your dog starts to experience any of the following, it could be a sign of deafness or another condition that should be evaluated by your veterinarian:
- Change in obedience
- Confusion when following familiar vocal commands
- Prolonged barking
- Having difficulty waking up
- Tilting toward side of affected ear or constant head shaking
No matter what your dog’s condition is, they all deserve the love and care that all pets deserve, and Blue’s story just goes to show how loving a pup can be, even if they are hard of hearing! What did you think of Blue’s story? Let us know in the comments, and be sure to sign up for our Digital Doggy newsletter, which brings the best of dog news (and stories just like this!) right to your inbox. (And a chance to win our Pawsome Parcel!)