Meet adoptable deaf dog Rowley who is looking for a new home with someone who will make him part of the family and be committed to his training.
Update 4/27/17-From the shelter staff: We still have Rowley, but I’ve been working with him when I can and he’s making progress. Several times today he even initiated eye contact and moving towards me when we were working together, so I started teaching him a sign for “come” and he was responding well to it. I also started giving a thumbs up as a “click” for a treat and he caught on to that right away. It’s like suddenly in his head things are starting to find some order as we learn to communicate with him. He’s such a quick learner and will do awesome in home that can continue his training.
4/12/17 From the shelter staff: We have an awesome dog in our shelter in Grass Valley. His name is Rowley and he was brought in as a stray and has been here for almost 6 months. It wasn’t until a month ago that we found out he is deaf. He really needs a break. He has been at the shelter so long and people have shown interest in him bc he is a beautiful dog but he hasn’t been able to really connect with anyone and find his forever family, yet.
Video of Rowley with all the other dogs
He hasn’t shown any aggression with people or dogs. We’ve had him in our big dog yard with the pack of dogs many times and nothing (not even the crazy puppies) have been able to push his buttons or make him react negatively.
He really needs your help. We’ve had a few deaf dogs here but Rowley needs more attention and training than we can provide. He hasn’t been able to really connect with anyone (probably because most of the work we’ve done with him has been verbal) and our shelter and fosters are all completely full. He really needs attachment training along with hand sign training. Rowley is very food motivated and that has helped us be able to get his attention while working with him.
He really needs somebody to breakthrough to him. We just want him to get the break he deserves.