Deaf dogs can make great pets, but it’s important to be aware of some special safety considerations when caring for one. Because they can’t hear danger signals like a loud noise or an approaching car, deaf dogs are more likely to get into trouble. Here are a few tips to help keep your deaf dog safe and happy.
Train your dog to respond to hand signals
Since your dog cannot hear you calling their name or asking them to sit, teach them to respond to hand signals. When asking your dog to perform a command, ensure you are within eyesight and that you have their attention. A collar with a mild vibration can teach your dog to look at you when they feel the vibration and can be an effective tool for keeping them safe.
Outfit your dog in a deaf dog collar or harness
If your dog manages to slip out of an open door and is on the loose, warning strangers of your pet’s deafness will help them provide proper care. A collar with a tag or embroidery that says your dog is deaf can notify your pet’s rescuer that they cannot hear.
The same goes for a harness when out walking. Dogs can be easily startled by approaching strangers or animals, especially if they cannot hear or see them coming. A brightly colored harness that warns people your dog is deaf can help let them know to proceed with caution.
Confine your dog to a yard or leash when outside
Keeping a deaf dog safe from traffic, roaming, or other pets when outdoors is difficult without a restraint method. When outside, always have your dog on a leash, or ensure they are in a fenced-in yard from which they cannot escape. Visual hand signals will not always be effective at getting your dog to come back, especially if they see something interesting.