Age comes to all of us, bringing with it a whole host of problems that we have to manage and work around.
As we age, though, our dogs age with us, supporting us through these changes as much as we’re there for them. We wouldn’t be without them, really!
Much like we begin to struggle, our dogs have difficulties too, with vision and hearing being two of the major culprits that often cause issues…
Here are some handy hints and tips to help you out if you live with a deaf dog…
Don’t Treat Them Differently
The first thing to remember, if your dog begins to suffer from deafness, is to not treat them differently.
It’s likely that they’ll have noticed a difference as a result of their hearing difficulties, so any changes in your behaviour towards them will likely unsettle them and lead to them feeling even more isolated.
Carry on as normal, so far as they can see, and they’ll likely respond better to you.
Whilst this is a time of adjustment for your dog, it’s also a big change for them, and they’ll appreciate your patience and cooperation as you figure out the next steps.
You’ll have to learn to adapt your daily routine to cater for their needs, so give the dog a chance and observe their behaviour closely so you can figure out what’s best.
Take some time, give the situation proper thought and, that way, you’re likely to come up with the best solutions.
Keep Them On A Lead
If your dog starts to experience deafness, you’ll want to keep them securely on a lead when you’re out on a walk.
In previous years, your dog will have relied on their hearing to stay safe whilst out and about, but now they won’t have that luxury. So, it’ll be up to you to keep them out of harm’s way.
By all means let them off in areas that are free of hazards, but when you’re in public places it’s best to be safe rather than sorry.
Mark Their Collar
In an effort to keep your dog safe, you’ll want to make sure that their collar is clearly marked to indicate that they’re deaf.
Should anything happen and they manage to get out of the house, anyone who comes across them may be confused by their lack of response if they try to attract their attention.
By marking this on their collar, you’ll help to ensure that anyone that they come across is able to understand the situation.
Find Other Ways Of Communicating
After a while, you’ll find new ways of communicating with your dog, and you’ll soon forget about the deafness.
Want their attention? Use a flashlight. Leaving the house? Find a routine, like giving them a small treat and a pat, that lets them know.
Adapting to change is tough – for the two of you – but you’ll get there soon enough…
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