Results 1 to 8 of 8

Thread: Deaf as a post?

Hybrid View

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Location
    West Yorkshire, UK
    Posts
    128
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Deaf as a post?

    I wonder if anyone can help. We think our Cav is deaf. Either that or he is ignoring us which wouldn’t surprise me as he's a wilful little creature!
    He developed an ear infection in July last year for which he was treated successfully. Then in November it came back- only this time we noticed he wasn’t as responsive to our voices as he had been and linked it to his ear problem.
    Now its impossible to call him in from the garden, he doesn’t respond in the same way as he did to certain words such as walkies, sweeties and kiss!( list not exhaustive he had a quite a good vocabulary)
    The vet said that you can’t test dogs easily for deafness but we've tried ourselves by making sudden noises behind his back and no response at all! He used to be waiting for us with his tail wagging when we walked in the door now we can switch the alarm off put the kettle on and stroke him before he even wakes up when we come home! Hes only 6 by the way.
    So assuming that he is deaf we will have to change the way in which we communicate with him- does anyone have any suggestions- I'm trying sign language with him and was thinking of getting a whistle in case the pitch/tone might be audible- any suggestions will be most gratefully received.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    May 2006
    Location
    Orlando, Florida USA
    Posts
    1,229
    Post Thanks / Like
    Blog Entries
    1

    Default

    As for deafness of Cavaliers, I recommend you take a look at http://www.cavalierhealth.org/deafness.htm and, for deafness in dogs in general, http://www.lsu.edu/deafness/deaf.htm The latter is Dr. George Strain's website, and under the "Other Information" category near the bottom of his webpage, you will find a list of publications about living with a deaf dog.
    --
    Rod Russell

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Location
    Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts
    217
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    I know there are some good web sites on working with deaf dogs, just google deaf dogs. I also know that they are best walked in a harness as they need to have better access to their other senses, of sight & smell, gotta be able to turn the head and get the nose to the ground to give them more info about their environment.

    God luck him.
    Marjorie

    "when a dog runs at you, whistle for him"
    Henry David Thoreau

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Mar 2005
    Location
    Dublin, Ireland
    Posts
    24,028
    Post Thanks / Like
    Blog Entries
    15

    Default

    He definitely sounds deaf as this is exactly what you tend to see. I have a whole set of links to information on deaf dogs in the Library section -- think in the Caring for your cavalier section.

    Deafness is pretty common in the breed -- I have seen it raised as an issue that needs to be researched more carefully as many of the cases do not seem to be linked to PSOM for example (my Lucy is deaf and MRId free of PSOM).

    Sometimes they can hear a dog whistle or claps. In general, you need to remember to always have your dog on a lead outside and be careful of open doors -- a deaf dog can easily be hit by a car and if he decides to run off after something, won't hear you calling. Other than that hand signs are easy to teach and often far easier for any dog to understand than voice commands! The links I have suggest some signs and how to teach. I taught Lucy come, sit, down and stay in a couple of days on hand signs. Other than that you likely won't notice much difference at all as dogs do not tend to rely a whole lot on hearing anyway. Often deaf dogs bark a bit more and are often very sight-acute -- Lucy is ALWAYS the first to spot a cat in the dark on walks!
    Karlin
    Cavaliers: Jaspar Lily Tansy Libby Mindy
    In memory: Lucy Leo
    Cavalier SM Information site:www.smcavaliers.com

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Nov 2009
    Location
    Sion, Switzerland
    Posts
    871
    Post Thanks / Like
    Blog Entries
    1

    Default

    English Setters are prone deafness, you may be able to find some training tips on their websites. I've known owners of deaf dogs to turn the lights on/off several times as a signal for "come". Obviously that doesn't work if the dog isn't in the room to see the lights.

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Location
    Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts
    217
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    One thing I have been told is that it can be helpful to have a companion dog for the deaf dog as they are better at reading anothers dogs cues than anything. SO there you go... another Cavalier, that wouldn't be hard to take!
    Marjorie

    "when a dog runs at you, whistle for him"
    Henry David Thoreau

Tags for this Thread

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •