Our deaf animals can be wonderful and loving members of our families if we remember they have some special needs.

Adopting them, like any pet, is a real responsibility and commitment.

To help us and our special friends, we need to:
1. Learn to communicate with them their way.

2. Always let them know when you are nearby.

3. Approach them slowly from the front where they can see you.

4. Always be gentle with touch and gesture.

5. Use only praise, encouraging touch, and positive reinforcement. And lots of it !!

6. Allow them to approach a newcomer first by smelling the person's fist.  Never allow a stranger or anyone to rush in.

7. Keep them on leashes and close to you when out on walks.

8. Tether them to you in the house in order to help with initial adjustment, house breaking, bonding, and helping them feel safe.  Massage is also a great way to establish closeness and trust.

9. Provide outdoor fencing that is secure and essential for their safety.  They can't hear dangers.

10. Work with them in an established and continual training program.  Our pets are our adopted members of our families, and daily attention is "a non-negotiable" just as it is for any child or loved one.
** Love and accept them with their special needs. **
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