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Deaf Dogs Silently Find New Homes
Deaf Dog Awareness Week dispelling the myths about deaf dogs.
From 20-26 September, our team at Hear No Evil - Australian Deaf Dog Rescue will be celebrating Deaf Dog Awareness Week. We will showcase the various training techniques, support networks and resources to change the stigma that deaf dogs are harder work than hearing dogs when it comes to fostering or adoption. We aim to raise awareness and normalise the fact that deaf dogs aren't any more difficult to train, it's just a different way of training (hand signs instead of verbal cues).
Dog deafness is mostly caused by Cochleosaccular Degeneration, which is closely associated with coat colour patterns. It occurs mostly in dogs with the piebald or merle colour genes and is most prominent in dogs with a white coat and blue eyes. However, there are over 30 breeds of dogs that are known to be more susceptible to deafness, including Dalmatians, Australian Shepherds, Cattle Dogs, Bull Arabs and Great Danes.
Aside from some extra patience needed during the early training stages, dogs who are deaf in one or both ears can be calmer than other dogs as they are often completely unreactive to commodities that would usually unsettle another dog, including fireworks, doorbells, and other dogs barking.
Deaf dogs quickly grow attached to their owner's emotions, actions, and body language and grow a stronger attachment to their behaviours. While they may not know the words for sit and stay, they will quickly pick up on your actions and know their commands from your body language, making them just as trainable as a hearing dog.
Across this week, Hear No Evil - Australian Deaf Dog Rescue will be providing various insights such as how to live with, train, and look after a deaf dog, including how to teach them sign language. We will also be using the hashtag #EarsUp4DeafDogs to spread awareness and encourage all dog owners of deaf and hearing dogs to share images of their pooches with their ears looking silly. A randomly selected winner will receive a $100 Bunnings Voucher.
With the help of the team from the Hear No Evil network, we hope that you find this guidance insightful so that you too can consider adopting a deaf dog in the future.
Find out more: http://deafdogrescue.com.au