Deaf dogs make quality pets no different than dogs that aren’t hearing impaired. Sure, screaming the dog’s name doesn’t help, so hand signals are required. The truth is that dogs are better at following our body language than our voice commands, so training is easier. And for safety, deaf dogs need to be kept on leash. Also, dog sneak up on a deaf dog. That makes no sense, but really training a deaf dog isn’t too challenging – it’s all about common sense. And training might also include a vibrating dog collar, which essentially equates with you calling out for your dog.
Sadly, though, deaf animals often are among the first to be euthanized by animal
shelters — because of the perception that they are less adoptable, or
that they cannot be trained. This is something that Amber Kay of Aurora
feels strongly about, “because I’m deaf,” she said.
Kay is the president and founder of Aurora, IL -based Fur Angels Animal Sanctuary. They rely of Foster families to train the rescued dogs they take in, along with some cats, ferrets and even a few rats along the way.
Their mission of helping deaf animals is particularly admirable. Listen, I have met several deaf dogs, and based on first meeting alone, you certainly would never know the dogs have any impairment.
(thanks to Facebook fan Liz C. for the idea of posting this piece)