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16 July 2010 @ 11:11 am
Deaf Bostons  
Does anyone have any experience with deaf bostons? My friend just got an eight week old boston pup that she discovered is deaf. Any advice on how to live with the lil girl would be helpful!
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Katkittehkat on July 16th, 2010 07:05 pm (UTC)
Pretty much the same experience over here, with my deaf Boston! And, of course, I still talk to the dog all the time, maybe for my own benefit. Haha. What was really weird was getting a hearing dog after having a deaf one for so long -- you can't sneak anything anymore!
Jessi: beware of dogmissbadexample on July 16th, 2010 04:37 pm (UTC)
My sister's sister-in-law had a deaf Boston, and the members here really gave me some good advice to pass along to her. Everyone here is really great. :)

What she discovered to work really well was to gently touch the pup on his shoulder to get his attention or try to let him see her so he didn't get startled. The signals that the person above mentioned also were helpful.

Tell your friend good luck and enjoy her Boston!
Nancieeicnan on July 16th, 2010 05:56 pm (UTC)
I have a deaf german shepherd though it's due to old age so not something we started with from day one. In our case approaching her slowly and patience is the best route. I would advise against coming up suddenly on any deaf dog. Let them smell you around them and they'll realize you're there before you touch them. My dog will cry a lot because she can smell us in the house but not hear us. However my house isn't exactly friendly to a deaf senior dog so a lot of it is also that she cannot see us. When we're on the same floor she is there is no crying. But we're on other floors of the house there can be crying. That probably wouldn't be as much of an issue for your friend though as my dog can't get on other floors of the house due to age and even if an older Boston couldn't go up and down stairs anymore it's not like you couldn't pick them up and bring them upstairs.

It really hasn't been too hard changing things for my dog. And I would imagine with a puppy it's going to be even easier (minus a few puppy frustrations it's a little easier when they're deaf and already potty trained) because it's the life they already know. Dogs are so amazingly smart and easy to adapt to their circumstances. Lots and lots of hand signals will probably be the best bet. My dog is really good about watching our hands to see what she needs to do. As long as there's consistency she'll have no problem figuring out what her owner expects of her.

And not related to your question but my Boston will wake my senior gal up when we come home or something's wrong. It's really cute to watch him be her ears. He's worthless for a guard dog so we always tell him if something isn't right wake your sister up. Not that my dog needs a guide dog, she does fine on her own, he just likes to share the excitement.
ssnick on August 13th, 2010 07:12 am (UTC)
My Baxter
I recently adopted a 3 year old deak Boston and all the hard work was done for us. He knows all the hand signals, including sit, lay and shake. I have to agree that it is very nice that they sleep through the night and don't bark at noises. It does break my heart though everytime we wake him and he jumps up scared.