Deaf Dog Awareness Week was created to bring awareness to owning a deaf dog.  Deaf dogs make great pets, and some people will argue, listen more than their dog that is not deaf.

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Dogs can become deaf in many of the same ways that humans can: injury, old age or genetic defects.  Dogs can also be diagnosed with temporary, partial or bilateral deafness; and can experience temporary hearing loss from wax build-up in their ear canals.

Deaf Dog Pet Owners have a variety of resources and networks available to them.  www.Deafdogsrock.com was founded by Christina Lee after she rescued a deaf abandoned boxer puppy named Nitro.  The deafdogsrock website includes insight for individuals considering a deaf dog adoption and will even help you locate a deaf dog in need of a good home.  There are many success stories from individuals that have saved deaf dogs and an entire section dedicated to information and training for deaf dogs.

The dog channel (www.dogchannel.com) is another valuable resource for all things dogs but includes a lot of great articles for deaf dog owners.

Deaf Dogs, a non-profit, offers information and tips on how to use a vibrating collar for training.  The best part about this resource is within the article they created a list of available products, links to the sites and approximate costs so it will be easy for you to shop and compare.

Whether you choose to adopt a deaf dog or your pet becomes deaf there is a great network of people and resources available to answer your questions and guide you through your journey.

Tiffany Consalvo, CVPM

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