Handling Your Dog’s Hearing Loss

Date:

Share post:

Most senior dogs suffer some hearing loss and many eventually go deaf. When you become aware of your dog’s impaired hearing, it’s important to start making accommodations.

In a multi-dog household, that may mean separating the dogs when you’re not at home, in case a younger dog takes offense at the geriatric sibling’s obliviousness to sound signals. If your dog’s sight is still decent, you can switch to communicating with hand signals. Be sure to “shout”—i.e., use larger gestures than you would with a young dog.

Buying a storm whistle—reported to be twice as loud as other mouth-blown whistles—can help with recall on walks. Alternatively, you may have to stick to onleash walks or off-leash romps in enclosed areas where you can supervise.

Your dog will be less aware of what goes on around her; she may not hear traffic, joggers, kids, or cyclists approaching, or, if she isn’t downwind, other dogs. In other words, out in the world, you will need to be your dog’s ears.

Lori Wainio-Carman, VSPDT, professional dog trainer and owner of Dream Dogs, has been successfully training for more than 20 years. Positively.comdreamdogs.com760-899-7272.

Pet Companion Mag
Southern California's Local Pet Magazine

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Related articles

On the Go with Bow:

Bow had quite the morning at Huntington Dog Beach. Huntington Beach is called Surf City, U.S.A. for a reason....

On the Go with Bow:

We call it Camp David. No, not that Camp David. It's just an ordinary home in our neighborhood —...

5 San Diego Coastal Restaurants For You and Your Pup

Article by Stephanie West 1. Bagby Beer Company Located in San Diego’s most northern city, Bagby Beer Co. is located...

Not a Traditional Animal Shelter

San Diego Humane Society is the Animal Services Provider for 14 Cities in San Diego County You find a...
Font Resize