Help – My French Bulldog Puppy is Deaf.

hi jan

i’ve been speaking to you here and there   you’ve been helping me out  with lots of questions etc  well now  this  weekend  we  just found out that our new little puppy is totally deaf  help  ouch  what do we do about this
i’ve been looking around on the computer etc  and i see that there are  books and lots of information on this so i am not so scared seems as though we may be able to do this  i hope  are we panicking  or what  i’ve notified the breeder that we purchased him from and i haven’t heard back from him yet  because the computer also said to be sure and to notify the breeder so i guess maybe that they would stop breeding that female i think is what it said so i did notify them and mention all of this to them so we’ll see what they come back with.
have you ever had a deaf dog   have you ever trained one  i’m seeing  on the computer that there are hand signals so guess that we will go to that  what info can you give me  thanks  g  maybe just don’t panick and educate huh hand signals take care keeping in mind that he cannot hear be very careful etc gosh i am scared
thanks g

Hi G,

I’m sorry to hear your little guy is deaf but it’s not as bad as you may imagine.
Dogs approach the world primarily through smell, then sight, then hearing.  He
will look to you for direction so you just need to use consistent hand signals.
One of my dogs went deaf when she was older and we didn’t know it for a long
time because I had trained her by voice while using my hands.
In fact I try to be as quiet around my dogs as I can as then they will be calmer.
I use hand signals to sit, come, stay.  It’s not as scary as it seems – he will
learn right away.  Again, consistency is very important: use the same signal
for each command each time.
The main problems arise when he’s outside.  He won’t hear cars coming, but
then dogs are not the smartest about cars.  He will still pick up the scent of
everything around him.
There are many books on the subject although I do not have one in particular
to recommend.  What I would recommend is you find a good trainer who can
help you with this.
Deafness in bulldogs is not especially common but it does occur with more
frequency with all white dogs.
I hope this helps.  Please let me know how it goes.
Your Bulldog Pal,
Jan
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