Deaf Dogs are dumb and unable to learn.
- Deaf dogs learn like any other dog or animal.
- Deaf dogs do better when mentally stimulated.
- Deaf dogs build confidence as they learn new skills and tasks.
- FYI: Hogan learned over 70 signs in American Sign Language, agility, flyball, lure coursing, rally, some freestyle, and more.
Deaf dogs are difficult to train.
- Deaf dogs learn when a solid form of communication is established.
- Deaf dogs, at times, have been reported to learn faster than some hearing dogs.
- Deaf dogs become very focused when praised and made to feel important.
Deaf dogs startle more easily.
- Deaf dogs need to desensitized to sudden movement.
- Remember, the expression, "Let a sleeping dog lie," was not coined because of deaf dogs!
- All dogs need to learn to be awakened suddenly or taken by surprise.
- All dogs need to be socialized.
- Deaf dogs, like hearing dogs, respond to praise and reward.
Deaf dogs are moody.
- Deaf dogs, like hearing dogs, are happiest when they have something to do.
- Deaf dogs, like any dog, can become bored when not given the proper amount of attention.
- Deaf dogs, like hearing dogs, need to trained and exercised in an on-going and regular program.
- Deaf dogs are lovable and love positive and engaging companionship.
- Deaf dogs respond positively to affection, patience, and understanding.
Deaf Dogs get hit by cars.
- All dogs have no inherent fear of cars and are susceptible to being hit by cars.
- All dogs need our protection and safety precautions.
Deaf Dogs are suffering or should be pitied.
- Like a deaf human, silence is a deaf dog's world and is all he knows.
- Deaf dogs are not in pain and should not be pitied.
- Deaf dogs respond tactically and with great affection.
Important for all humans:
- It is our responsibility to accept, understand, and love our deaf dogs just as they are.
- We need to establish a solid, positive method of communication with our deaf dogs - with all our pets.
- Safety is our task and must be insured.
- Loving. continuous care is our commitment.