Every dog deserves a chance at adoption. Often times pets with medical issues are overlooked, but our friend, Christina Lee, at Deaf Dogs Rock is trying to change the views on adopting deaf dogs.
What is it like to own a deaf pet?
Owning a deaf dog isn’t that much different from owning a hearing dog. We look at it from the stand point of our deaf dogs are 1. Dogs first 2. a Breed second 3. Deaf third. This way we don’t feel sorry for them and we treat them just like our hearing dogs. The training is also very much the same with the exception of a few tweaks in our training program.
What should you know when adopting a deaf pet?
I think people should know owning a deaf dog is not for the faint of heart. If they are thinking of adopting a deaf dog there is a certain level of time commitment, responsibility and advocacy that comes along with adopting a deaf dog. I get so many emails every single day of owners trying to rehome their 9-14 month old deaf dogs because they liked the idea of rescuing a deaf dog but they never ever followed through on the training or socializing. When a puppy is around 10 months old and out of control, they don’t want to deal with it anymore so they try to find it a new home. We are very lucky we have people who are willing to help a older puppy with patience, love and training to help the pup become the best he/she can be. [Read more…]