My dog can’t f*cking hear you.
When baby Lucy didn’t seem to notice 4th of July fireworks I started thinking that she might be deaf.
Having a deaf dog has its benefits and challenges.
Positive: She doesn’t mind the vacuum at all!
Negative: She can be startled and disoriented if woken up suddenly.
Positive: She doesn’t bark at noises in the hallways.
Negative: She can’t hear us if we call her - off leash dreams crushed. ;(
Her deafness doesn’t affect her learning ability. She learns new tricks and behaviors quick. We use a thumbs up as a marker/clicker. Sometimes I wonder how much faster we could be if she could hear a clicker. But we don’t dwell on it.
Her anxiety is amplified by her deafness so we are always working on staying relaxed and having fun.