All sorts of myths and untruths have appeared about deaf dogs over the years, but how accurate are they? Deaf dogs are often written off as too difficult to train and are overlooked by many when searching for a new addition to their families, when in reality deaf dogs make amazing pets. In honor of National Deaf Dog Awareness Week, which takes place September 21st through the 27th, we thought it was time to debunk some harmful myths about deaf dogs. Here are 4 common myths about deaf dogs.
Myth #4: Deaf dogs are more aggressive than dogs that can hear.
Truth: This is a common myth. There is no truth to the fact that a deaf dog will become aggressive over time, or have more aggressive tendencies than any other dog of the same breed, or the canine population as a whole. It is highly likely that aggressive deaf dogs do exist – aggressive dogs are found in hearing dogs, blind dogs, and deaf dogs – but to say that a deaf dog has a higher chance of being aggressive is simply wrong. With this myth, most people are referring to “startle aggression”, where the deaf dog gets startled by an unexpected touch and bites. Realistically, any startled dog could bite. While it may be easier to startle a deaf dog, good training can minimize problems. With proper training and a loving home, a deaf dog will become a valued member of your family for many years.
Myth #3: Deaf dogs are more likely to get hit by a car because they can’t hear a car approaching, a honking horn, or their owner’s commands.
Truth: No dog is born knowing that a car or a road is dangerous to them. Any dog walking off leash in close proximity to a road is in potential danger. Ensuring that a dog knows where their limits are at home is essential. Even the most well behaved hearing dog can take off after a squirrel or a cat and fall victim to a car accident. As owners, we must take responsibility for our pets health and well-being. For a deaf dog in particular, having a fenced in backyard is helpful, since they cannot hear dangers from the road. Dogs can also be taught to wait until given a command to go outside when a door is opened. As a pet caregiver, there are many things you can do to ensure that the road never becomes a present threat to your dog.
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