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Caring for Deaf Dogs

There are a lot of myths about having a deaf pet.  But just because a dog is deaf doesn’t mean that it won’t make a good pet.  Caring for a deaf dog is different than caring for a hearing dog.  This blog contains information about training, and safety.

Training

Training a deaf dog is different from training a hearing dog.  Here are some tips from deafdogs.org to help with training a deaf dog:

  • The dog’s tags should read “(dog’s name) is deaf” and include your phone number
  • Consider attaching a bell to your dog’s collar
  • Find a basic training class that will allow deaf dogs to participate
  • Use sign language and facial expressions to train your dog to do basic tasks (sit, stay, down, etc.).  Deafdogs.org recommends the American Sign Language Pocketbook to help with training
  • Your dog should always be leashed while walking
  • To get your dog’s attention thump the floor, wave, or use a flashlight or laser pointer

For more about training deaf dog check out http://www.deafdogs.org/training/

Safety

While out and about with your dog you’ll want to keep him/her on a leash at all times.  It can be difficult to get your pup’s attention in any public place; but with deaf dogs it’s an added challenge.  A leash ensures that you will be able to get your dog’s attention no matter what is going on. If you want to give your pooch some off leash time the best place for that is at home.  Any off leash time your dog has should be in a fenced in area.  Then ensures that you pup isn’t hit by a car or doesn’t make a break for it.  If you don’t have a fenced yard make sure you keep your dog on a lead.

Other Tips

Here are some other tips from deafdogs.org for owning a deaf dog:

  • Place your dog’s be in a corner or against a wall
  • If you’re waking your dog do it with a touch to the shoulder (always the same shoulder), or let your smell wake him by putting your hand in front of his nose
  • Your dog’s food should be placed in an area away from a lot of activity

Do you have any tips about deaf dogs?  Share with us on our FB page: https://www.facebook.com/DoonGo?ref=hl If you’d like more information about deaf dogs check out the following links: http://www.deafdogs.org/ http://pets.webmd.com/dogs/features/training-and-caring-for-a-deaf-dog
https://yourdogadvisor.com/living-with-a-deaf-dog/

Puppy Mill Awareness Day

Puppy Mill Awareness Day is dedicated to raising people’s awareness of the horrifying treatment and conditions in Puppy Mills.  The goal of Puppy Mill Awareness Day is to education people in the hope that they will change the way they find their pets.

What is a Puppy Mill?

A Puppy Mill is basically a dog factory.  Puppy mill facilities produce large populations of puppies for sale in retail pet stores.  Unfortunately, these places are often disgustingly dirty and are known to treat the dogs cruelly.

Dogs are not the only ones suffering.  Cats are mass produced in kitten mills.  Kitten mills, like puppy mills are known for their deplorable and cruel conditions.  Kitten mills are typically smaller operations than puppy mills.

Conditions

Puppy mill dogs are crammed into small, dirty cages that are often outside year round.  The dogs are not fed regularly, the food is substandard at best, and clean water is not something puppy mill dogs have access to.  These conditions cause serious health problems for the dogs.  Many dogs suffer from:

  • Mange
  • Malnutrition
  • Exposure
  • Flea and other pest infestations
  • Worms
  • Infections

Even with serious health problems puppy mill dogs do not receive proper veterinary care.

Breeding

“Brood bitches” drive the puppy factory – they are the female dogs that are kept pregnant in order to keep the supply of puppies constant.  The breeding females live their entire lives in the puppy mill.  Even though they are constantly pregnant they are typically malnourished and rarely receive veterinary care.  Once a female dog can no long become pregnant (at about 7 years old) she is killed.

The puppies in puppy mills are often inbred and taken from their mother too soon (4-8 weeks old).  In many cases the puppies don’t know how to eat on their own and they die of starvation.  The inbreeding in puppy mills causes a large number of puppies to be born with genetic diseases and abnormalities – shortening life span severely.

The puppies are packed in crates without sufficient food and water for transportation to pet stores.  Many die on the way to retail stores.  Those that aren’t sold face an uncertain fate – they might end up back at the puppy mill, be sold for research purposes, or killed.

Why?

Breeders and retailers alike use puppy mills to provide customers with puppies the cheapest way they can.  Puppy mills keep costs low to the detriment of the animals.  Puppy mills cut corners in the care and treatment of animals in order to ensure their profits.

Making a Difference

You don’t have to be an activist to make a difference.  Here are some easy ways to make sure you’re not supporting puppy mills:

  • Don’t buy animals at pet stores – look into adoption or research reputable, local breeders
  • Don’t shop at stores that sell animals
  • Report animal abuse to the appropriate authorities
  • Help spread the awareness – share this blog with your friends

 

For more information about what you can do click this link: http://www.lcanimal.org/index.php/campaigns/puppy-mills/what-you-can-do

For more information about puppy mills check out: http://www.lcanimal.org/index.php/campaigns/puppy-mills/puppy-mill-facts

http://www.nopuppymillscanada.ca/canadian_laws.htm

http://www.hsi.org/world/canada/work/puppy_mills/facts/canada_puppy_mills.html

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