Dogs may be born deaf or become deaf due to infection, injury or old age. Regardless of the cause, deaf dogs make just as good companions as their hearing counterparts, yet many myths about them persist. Today, we take a look at a few of them…
Deaf Dogs Are Hard To Train
Training a deaf dog requires the same level of commitment and time than training a hearing dog, only the cues are different. For example, instead of asking the dog to “sit” you would indicate to the dog using a hand gesture.
There are many good websites that give tips on training deaf dogs such as this one. Alternatively, you can work with a trainer that uses positive training methods to help shape desirable behaviors.
Deaf Dogs Are More Aggressive
There is no evidence to suggest that deaf dogs are more aggressive than other dogs. As with any dog, socialization is essential to teach dogs what are acceptable behaviors and respecting a dog (e.g., not disturbing them while they are sleeping) will decrease the risk of bites.
Deaf Dogs Are Always White
This one is a bit misleading. Some white dogs have unpigmented skin; if they have unpigmented skin in the inner ear this can lead to nerve death and ultimately deafness from an early age. However, not all white dogs have unpigmented skin and you cannot tell from looking at a the skin of a dog’s ear if their inner ear is pigmented or not.
Deaf Dogs Shouldn’t Live With Children
This depends largely on whether or not the dog was socialized with children, their history, and if the kids are mature enough to understand what is/isn’t acceptable behavior around a dog. For example, will they respect the dog’s boundaries and not treat him/her like a toy?
Deaf dogs make excellent companions and if you would like to learn more please visit deafdogs.org