From Christina Lee of Deaf Dogs Rock.
Hi DDR Community!
If your deaf dog is all of a sudden acting strange, sticking to you like glue, or just acting unusual, here is a story I want to share from Tanya Clair Yerkovich but before I share her story I also want to share a short story of what happens often to our deaf boxer Bud.
What I am about to describe only happens to our deaf boxer Bud (the other three deaf dogs in the family do not have this reaction at all). When a bug lands on my deaf boxer Bud he becomes anxious and won’t leave my side. My other three deaf dogs don’t react like he does and over the past two years I occasionally get emails about deaf dogs being super anxious and they won’t leave their person’s side. It took me a while to figure it out but I did figure it out.
The first time it happened to our deaf dog Bud we discovered he had one flea on him. We had purchased and installed a new wood stove and we were bringing some of the wood inside our house to store next to the wood stove. My deaf boxer Bud always lays in front of the woodstove in the morning to nap and when he started sticking to me like glue and acting strange along with being very anxious, I knew something wasn’t right and I decided to check every inch of him. What I discovered was one flea on him (in the middle of winter). I gave him a flea bath and he was fine for a couple of days then it happened all over again. I Googled “Does wood for the woodstoves contain fleas” and sure enough what I discovered is fleas live under the bark of firewood and can easily be brought into the house. Our next step was to move all the wood outside. The next time it happened it was a fly that landed on him in his bedroom kennel. He was not happy. It took me several days of dropping boiled chicken in his kennel to get him comfortable again (every time he was anxious he became my shadow). Now I take a blanket and make a nest for him after he lays down. I cover most of his body and curl the part of the blanket around his head like a nest so if a fly lands on him he won’t feel it. This works great. I also make sure there are no flies in the bedroom when we go to bed (If you have a Windex bottle just spray the fly when it lands and then kill it).
The next time it was a stink bug. We have stink bugs here in the South. Those little stinkers come out from hiding in the winter when the wood stove warms the great room up and one landed on Bud head (sometimes they just buzz around his head which also freaks him out). My other deaf dogs will play with a stink bug but not Bud, he is freaked out and he will follow me everywhere. You can also desensitize your deaf dog to bugs landing on them by maybe getting a feather cat toy and tickle him often with the toy and then treat him so he gets the idea of something touching your deaf dog it is no the end of the world. Make sure to use high value treats and treat, treat, treat during this exercise. Redirection is going to be key when a dog is freaked out. Play some scent games by hiding treats out in open and pointing to them, give the “go find it” sign and then make it a little harder by hiding them out of sight and signing “go find”. Another good redirection treat is put some Peanut butter in a Kong for your deaf dog to enjoy. Puzzle games for deaf dogs are another great option.
Now on to Tanya’s story. Tanya wrote in her email her amazing story of all the surprising challenges she and her family experienced once she got her new deaf puppy home. Who would have ever thought in a million years the very home they lived in would be causing their new deaf dog such intense stress and behavioral issues? After all a home is suppose to be our sanctuary right? I hope these two stories help you if your deaf dog is acting strange. ~ Christina Lee – DDR
Could What Happened to Our Deaf Puppy Happen to Your Deaf Dog?
This is the story that should be shared with many deaf dog owners who might be experiencing the same thing. These issues can also happen in a home with lots of children (lots of vibrations from the pitter patter of little feet). It is a deaf dog adoption story written by Tanya of her little deaf boxer puppy Dublin who also happens to be of our Deaf Dogs Rock sponsored Rocker Puppies. Dublin was rescued and fostered by Green Dogs Unleashed Rescue and did very well in his training before he went to his new adoptive family. Be sure to share this story with some of your friends who may be experiencing the same challenges with their deaf dogs. You just never know what unseen environmental stresses caused by sights, vibrations, lights, shadows, or certain scents which can cause a deaf dog to act out when moving into a new home. Also keep in mind some deaf dogs are totally freaked out by ceiling fans which is why we took all three of our fans out of the ceiling and now we have stand up fans in different rooms.
~ Christina Lee – Deaf Dogs Rock
Could What Happened To Our Deaf Puppy Dublin Happen To Your Deaf Dog? By Tanya Clair Yerkovich