In this article, we will be taking a look at the various signs and signals that indicate if your dog may or may not be deaf. Unfortunately, according to pet MD, there are a number of dog breeds that have an increased chance of deadness due to nothing other than the breed of the dog. The dog breeds that have an increased chance of being deaf are:-
- Australian Shepherd
- Boston Terrier
- Cocker Spaniel
- German Shepherd
- Jack Russell Terrier
- Toy Poodle
- Miniature Poodle
- West Highland White Terrier
In addition to this, there is also a number of dogs that carry the piebald gene. This gene can result in a number of common characteristics in dogs with the most common one by far being a white coat of fur. This results in a larger number of dogs with a white coat being deaf due to their genetics. It is estimated that over eighty-five percent of dog breeds can be affected by this problem of deafness due to genetics.
Pays No Attention To Loud Unexpected Noises
Most dogs will be alert, scared or excited if they hear anything unexpected, never mind anything unexpected that is loud. If your dog doesn’t pay any attention to loud unexpected sounds then there is a good chance that your dog is deaf.
That said, there are some dogs that are used to loud unexpected noised due to their job. For example, many military working dogs or hunting dogs are used to random loud sounds. Chances are, if you have adopted a retired military working dog you will be well aware of its history and no reaction to these sounds can be expected.
If you have a regular dog that you got as a puppy and you know its history then you should probably expect a reaction to any noised.
Doesn’t Respond To Audible Cues
Another common way to work out if your dog is deaf is during the training period as a puppy or training sessions as an adult dog. You may notice that your dog is not responsive to the verbal commands of your training clicker.
Now keep in mind, it is totally normal for a puppy to want to do other things during training. You can usually tell if your puppy is hearing you and choosing to ignore you or totally oblivious that you are talking to it.
Many dog owners think that deaf dogs can not be trained. This is totally wrong, the video below can help you with training your dog if it is deaf.
Doesn’t Pay Attention To Familiar Or Unfamiliar Sounds
Many dogs will be able to hear a member of the household returning from work when they walk up the driveway or put their keys in the door to unlock it. If you come home from work and your dog is awake in a different room and only shows a reaction when it can see you, your dog may be deaf.
If you are in the house with your dog and your partner returns from work you will be in a better position to observe your dogs reaction when the door opens. Most dogs will at the very least pick their ears up and look towards the door when they hear footsteps or keys.
Doesn’t Respond To Squeaky Toy
This one can be a little harder to check as a dog will usually show interest in a toy as soon as it can see it. You could try hiding the squeaky toy behind your back and squeaking it to see if your dog gives any type of reaction or not.
Although some dogs may not show much interest in this, they will usually tend to look at you and tilt their head or at the very lead prick up their ears to try and work out what the sound is.
None Stop Barking
A deaf dog will tend to bark much more than a dog that is able to hear as a deaf dog is unable to realise that it is making a sound. Unfortinatley, this can present some problems when training your dog as the dog may not understand what you are trying to train it to do.
That said, some “audible” dogs just enjoy barking. Additionally, some dogs may interpret you shouting at them to stop barking as you joining in making them bark longer and louder.
Strong Odor And/Or Discharge From Ears
An infection in your dog’s ears can cause temporary and sudden deafness in your dog. If the infection is bad and left untreated, it may be able to cause permanent deafness. Be sure to get your dog to your local veterinarian as soon as possible if you can smell a strong odor or can see a yellow or green discharge from its ears.