I adopted a 10 1/2 year old cocker, who was newly deaf, due to previous owner turning him in the shelter with very serious er infections. He ended up having surgery and closing both ears.
I never intended to adopt a deaf dog, but he stole my heart. For months, he was a huge challenge, separation anxiety, accidents, barking, running in circles, etc, snapping at my other dog and both cats, etc. I turned to DDR for advise, bought every book available and now after 6 months , he is the greatest dog ever. I still look at their website often and am so thankful for the advise. I came close to surrendering him, but just could not do it. Without the support of DDR I do not think I would have succeeded with him. He now knows 5 hand signs and is totally quiet and calm, as long as he knows where I am. He is learning that when I go to the barn, I will return in a short time, he is now crate trained, for when I leave the house. He also, now stays in the fully fenced yard with my old lab when I go on errands and does just fine. Greats me at the gate on my return.
Thanks again to DDR.
Deaf Dogs Rock is now my 'go to' page for all things deaf dog related!! I just rescued a deaf dog, Lily, from the Humane Society. I have never owned a deaf dog.. Never even gave it a thought as to how different it would be to own one! Before I left the Humane Society, they had equipped me with a few basics, and some pages printed right off Deaf Dogs Rock website. The more I am learning, the more I am relying on their Facebook page and website. So much info, and SUPER helpful!! I find myself logging on to their page/site multiple times throughout the day, as I want to make sure I am doing right by our new addition. Want to make learning as fun and easy as possible for both her and I. Without their page, I would be truly at a loss, as there is definitely a different way of training.. I also love seeing other families with 'special needs' pups like ours! Fun to relate and share stories!!
DDR is an amazing non profit that helps raise funds to rescue deaf dogs. Christina has been instrumental in spreading accurate information about (and how to work with) deaf dogs. Her organization has supported me and my deaf Border Collie with communication and someone with a common cause.
- Margaret Johnson
I happened upon the Deaf Dogs Rock post one morning and saw a deaf pup needing a home... Like most post, I just skim it and move along. But this post stuck with me all day as I was working. You see, I am deaf and love dogs. I had been wanting to get another dog to bring life to the already 2 dog and 3 cat family. I corresponded with the foster mom and also with Christina from Deaf Dogs Rock along with the animal shelter Dozer came from. We hit the jackpot and flew him home! Dozer has now been with us for over 4 years and he has been a blessing. This Deaf Dogs Rock page and website give so much insight on caring for a deaf dog of many breeds. I love that Deaf Dogs Rock sponsored so many Deaf Dogs to find new homes!
When I adopted my girl, Austin, I had no clue she was deaf. Deaf Dogs Rock had tons of information available to help me learn all about raising and training a deaf dog! ❤️
Last year, my son acquired a deaf border collie/heeler pup, who was set to either be euthanized or go to the shelter. Deaf dogs aren't typically suited to work livestock. I've been involved with my son to learn more about deaf dogs. My daughter found Deaf Dogs Rock on Facebook, and being a part of the group has given us all hope and insight. The first year has been mostly the human side of learning, and as he's approached being a year old, his busyness is beginning to focus more on human hand signals. He now seems ready to really learn, and we are coming to understand basic ASL signs and getting consistent. Deaf Dogs Rock has been a plethora of knowledge and hope in this endeavor. They have given us direction.
We have always had Boxers so naturally when I saw this little girl and her sister on a boxer website, I knew I had to inquire. I called the breeder and she said "well, one is sold and the other one has been returned TWICE because she is deaf so we are just going to take her to the shelter". I was shocked. She said I could have her for free because she is deaf. I drove 3 hours one way to pick her up. I was determined to do whatever I had to and give this girl the best life possible. That's when I found "Deaf Dogs Rock"! We got advice, watched videos on training a deaf dog, got support, and found a community to share our adventures with. She knows about 15 sign commands and really is the best thing that has happened to our family! She is now 8 and just the best girl ever! Thanks Deaf Dogs Rock for helping us on our journey!
Jeff and I are thrilled to know Deaf Dogs Rock. And we are excited to do our part in raising awareness about the abilities of deaf dogs.
While we never planned to be advocates for anything (it wasn’t planned, it just happened that way), we are excited to educate people. To see the growth in love, participation and expectations of deaf dogs makes what we do worth every effort.
See, we started out just wanting a hunting dog. Mac, our black lab, was fun and easy to train. She was driven to learn and please. Everything we tried to teach Mac, she learned with ease and grace.
Jeff wouldn’t hear of having a deafie in the house. He just didn’t think it was possible to teach a deaf dog, much less have a deafie that would ever participate in any of the sports we do.
Zima wasn’t home 10 minutes before she stole Jeff’s heart – and whether she ever participated in competition or not, she was his “little princess” and she wasn’t going anywhere. Much to his surprise she learned scent work, hunting, dock diving and tricks.
Through a rather odd series of events, and often at the most inopportune time in our lives, we adopted two more deafies to round out our crew at 4 pups total (1 hearing, 3 deaf). Chance came to us in June of 2014 and Nitro came home in August of 2016.
I can honestly say, the inability of my dogs to hear has never been an issue in training. My deafies are just as smart and driven as hearing dogs (and sometimes far more stubborn!). The greatest challenge I have faced is learning sign language for myself.
I took a sign language class to better communicate with my pups, but the truth is I had already established a set of signs (not exactly proper ASL), but they work—and that’s the beauty of dog training. My dogs learn quickly as long as I am consistent with the sign I give and the expected behavior.
It is always a great point of pride when someone approaches me after a competition and says, “I had no idea your dog was deaf!” There is no greater compliment you could pay us. That is the point of what we do—deaf dogs *are* just like hearing dogs. They can learn, they can do tricks, they can dock dive, do nosework, hunt, compete in agility and rally—and they will be the best snuggle buddy you’ve ever had!
We are proud of the work our dogs have done. Earning a title, in any event, has meant years of training and partnership between us and our pups. This also means that our dogs (both hearing and deaf) need to travel to new places and perform the requested work in a new environment. But each time we ask them to play, they give everything they’ve got!
Titles to date for each dog include the following:
Mac, hearing black lab: Canine Good Citizen Advanced, Intermediate Trick Dog, NW3Elite (nosework through NACSW), PTE and EN (Advance nosework through UKC)
Zima, deaf white pit mix: Canine Good Citizen, Novice Trick Dog, NW2(nosework through NACSW), PTE and SN (Novice nosework through UKC)
Chance, deaf flat coated retriever: Novice Trick Dog, PTE and SN (Novice nosework through UKC)
Nitro, deaf pit mix with eye patch: Canine Good Citizen, Novice Trick Dog, NW1 (NACSW), PTE and AN(through UKC)
How has DDR had an impact on our lives? They have completed our family.
If not for Deaf Dogs Rock, we would have never expanded our family. From the moment we saw our first deaf dog on the DDR Facebook page, our lives were forever changed. We brought home our first deafie February 14, 2013-adding to our family of one hunting dog. We brought home our second deafie on April 2014. And our third deafie came home in August 2016.
Not only has DDR provided the opportunity for us to see dogs, Christina answers questions, provides support, and is just -in general- a fantastic person.
We have been excited to train our dogs in the sport of nosework. Our deafies have been just as successful as our hearing pup.
DDR is worthy of all the praise and recognition we can point in their direction.
In 2014 we were preparing to adopt Deaf Dogs Rock sponsored rescue puppy in Florida. About 12 hours before he was due to arrive at our house the 12 week old boxer puppy was running in his uncoordinated lankyball legs no brains way and misjudged a corner running into a stionary object in the process. Although he acted normal initially after arriving at our house we know something was wrong. Fancy adopting a puppy and within hours winding up in the Emergency Vets!
Much to the surprise of the foster mom, the local rescue organization, and even the attending vet, radiographs reviewed a broken jaw. The foster mom took him home and we were heart broken.
Deaf Dogs Rocked steppes right in. Their contributors raised money for the care he would need in no time and
thankfully after further veterinary exams and 2 weeks we were able to pick up our boy Alexander Graham Boxer. He was still under veterinary supervision and had several more exams and one extensive anesthetic procedure correcting injuries from his mishap.
Not only did Deaf Dogs Rock cover his medical bills, they also covered me. I had worked with marine mammals and big cats. Trained insects and raccoons, but this puppy was my brick wall. All of my normal tricks of chew and hard excercise were taken away from me the first 3 months we had him due to his injury. When we were just getting somewhere with each other his surgery put us back to square one. I text Deaf Dogs Rock and Christina called me back in a flash and was the encouragement and guidance I needed to be the best pet parent for this exuberant puppy.
Nearly 4 years later and I wouldn’t change any step of the process.
Deaf Dogs Rock was a lifesaver for our family when we rescued an English bulldog puppy with bilateral deafness and anxiety. So many people reached out to us for support in training, socializing, and affirmation that we were doing things right and our sweet girl was perfectly normal.
Shared stories and articles helped us not give up. Beasley is now 18 months old, no anxiety, friendly, happy and full of love! We couldn't have done it without Deaf Dogs Rock!
As i enter my second year of fostering dogs, Deaf Dogs Rocks shows an unparalleled degree of support for the organizations for which I foster. Their financial support in helping my rescue and shelters is only matched by their much needed advocacy for special needs dogs and publicity they give in helping those dogs get adopted.
When we adopted our Dubby, we knew he was deaf. We didn't see it as a problem if we did research and set him up to succeed. This has been helped by the sage community on DDR. If we have had a question, its highly likely that someone has had the question and is willing to share their resolution. DDR has been invaluable to us and I highly recommend this organization.
When I found out my brand new puppy was born deaf, I immediately started to google information. To my surprise, I didn’t find much but I happen to stumble upon Deaf Dogs Rock. Not only do they educate others about deaf dogs, but they have built a community of a place deaf pet owners can go for information and fellowship. I am so appreciative of Deaf Dogs Rock and will support them for life.
Deaf Dogs Rock is amazing! Back when they started they posted a photo of this cute little blue dog named aBucky in Alabama.
I had just lost my red ACD and had experience with deaf dogs .i contacted them and they helped me get Bucky all the way out to Colorado.
They help so many at risk dogs find homes. Christina and the gang truly do rock!
Deaf Dogs Rock really does Rock! They are a great source of information for people not experienced with deaf dogs. But more than that, they put deaf dogs into a safe haven. They are foster based and immediately begin the process of training both life skills and basic obedience that is vitally important to deaf dogs. They teach these dogs how to be happy, healthy, confident members of a family/community. Deaf dogs are no different than dogs that hear...they are still smart, playful, and loving. At one time deaf puppies would immediately be killed, but DDR has helped bring awareness to society about how awesome deaf dogs really are! They're so awesome, I have FOUR dogs all of whom were born deaf!!
When I adopted Kalisi, a deaf and vision impaired sheltie, I wasn't sure how I would communicate with her. I started doing some research and came across Deaf Dogs Rock's website. I found a lot of helpful information on use of hand signals and amazing stories of what these dogs could accomplish. I still reference the site from time to time and I always recommend it to new deaf dog owners.
We adopted a deaf dog last summer from a rescue in WI. Soon after adopting him we run into some issues with him and were not sure how to deal with it. I found deaf dogs rock on fb and started reading their articles and training advice. Whenever I had add. questions I would messenger them and they quickly responded. I love their posts and its important to me that special needs dogs find great homes too and Deaf DOgs Rock to an amazing job helping them.
We adopted Calico Jack a few months ago from a rescue. They had no idea he was deaf. Later that day we started wondering if he was deaf. I was so scared at the thought of having a puppy that couldn't hear but giving him back to the rescue was out of the question. I started researching it and found Deaf Dogs Rock. They have so much wonderful info. Just as important they show people that having a deaf dog isn't a scary thing. Other then how you communicate deaf dogs are just like any dog.
I had a puppy on Craigslist who would be killed if no one came and got her. She was a purebred double Merle Aussie.
I brought a deaf and vision impaired 8 week old dog home. She was fair with pink ears nose and belly.
My vet had no idea what to do with her impairments. I was recommended to a doggy eye doctor. She had only half of the round part of her formed the rest in starburst pattern. The doctor stated she also had a cataract on one eye.
I got online and found deaf dog rocks. They helped me know how to treat her train her and protect her.
They saved my life.
After such a positive experience I got a second deaf and vision impaired baby.
They are always positive with advice from everyday people trainers vets vet techs and other people. It is one of the best group's I have worked with