I'm out of town this weekend, attending a seminar on dog aggression, so I'd like to share a post that I wrote a few weeks ago for the Dogs-N-More blog. I was asked to write about my experiences with deaf dogs. People are often surprised when I say that I'm fostering a deaf dog and have another deaf dog of my own. It's not that deaf dogs are so prevalent in my area that I can't find hearing dogs to foster. It's just that I really like working with deaf dogs, and I think they could use a little extra help. So here is the guest post I wrote about my deaf foster dogs.
I've learned a lot from my deaf dogs. I'd like to say they're better, or sweeter, or more appreciative than hearing dogs. But the truth is, they're just like hearing dogs. Some of them bark a lot, and some of them seldom bark. Some of them are cuddly lap dogs, and some of them are busy, independent dogs. They can learn to come to a porch light being flashed on and off instead of a verbal "Come" command at night. Or during the day, they'll quickly spot a raised arm and come running, if they've been trained. Otherwise they'll be just like every other dog at the dog park, and ignore all requests to come when called! One advantage to living with deaf dogs is they are typically sound sleepers. If you want to come home from the store and get all your groceries away before greeting the dog, a deaf dog is a nice advantage. If you don't let them sleep in bed with you, you can even get up in the morning and get all ready for work before they ever wake up. You don't have to worry about your dog being afraid of thunderstorms or fireworks or the vaccum cleaner. And your dog won't go crazy with trying to extract the squeaker from a toy, or refuse to play with a toy that doesn't squeak. All in all, deaf dogs make great companions. You can find out more about deaf dogs at http://www.deafdogs.org/.