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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: Deaf Dogs Rock, Inc is a non-profit corporation formed in 2012 in the state of Virginia. The mission of Deaf Dogs Rock is to advocate for deaf dogs, assist in rescue by sponsoring deaf dogs and puppies into partner rescues, promote positive reinforcement training, and the care and well being of deaf dogs. We also promote the stories of successful adoption and extraordinary deaf dogs and their families. This charitable and educational purpose is done through the education of the public regarding the adoption, care, and training of deaf dogs, and through financial support of the shelter, medical, and transportation needs of deaf dogs. Additionally, Deaf Dogs Rock is a national resource for information serving perspective and current deaf dog owners, and networking the deaf shelter/rescue dogs available for adoption. To further these purposes Deaf Dogs Rock undertakes activities including fund raising, sponsoring deaf dogs into rescue, education, networking of adoptable deaf dogs looking for new homes, DDR community building, and financial support for additional needs of deaf dogs (usually vetting/spay/neuter). All of the following activities are currently underway and will continue for the foreseeable future. At this time these activities are done year round by members of the board of directors and other organization volunteers.

Target demographics: A community of deaf dog lovers, rescue advocates, partner rescues and their dogs that is 62,000+ strong.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 150+ deaf dogs sponsored and over 400+ adopted off our website each year

Geographic areas served: Deaf Dog Advocacy, Facilitating deaf dog rescue through networking and financial sponsorship, Education through digital media, assisting deaf dog families globally

Programs: Our Deaf Dogs Rock Rocker Puppy Program which offers financial sponsorships to partner organizations such as rescues/shelters to help deaf dogs to safety. Our support allows rescue partners the financial support to take in to foster care deaf dogs for vetting, training, and matching each deaf dog with a new loving home. Deaf Dogs Rock also offers the on-line educational resources for deaf dog families and for shelter staff/volunteers to teach them that a deaf dog is not that much different than a hearing dog with the exception of a few small tweaks to their training. Deaf Dogs Rock offers on line deaf dog training information to help them understand a deaf dog is not that much different than a hearing dog. Most donations go directly towards financial sponsorship of deaf dogs/puppies out of kill shelters into the safe harbor of rescue. The funds are used by partner rescues to vet each deaf dog (spay/neuter) to get them ready for adoption while they are in training in their new foster homes. We also help out our local rescue partners with providing much needed supplies such as dog food and blankets. Deaf Dogs Rock does hundreds of rescue transports up and down the East Coast, including helping partner rescues transport urgent shelter dogs into rescue (before their time is up).

Community Stories

94 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

This is Max! He is a very special boy who has a lot of love to give! Which is why my family and I had to make a hard decision and find a place for Max that had time and experience to train him the way we couldnt. That's when I reached out to Christina from Deaf Dogs Rock! She responded quickly and was VERY helpful. She even reached out to Lisa from Deaf Dogs of America to see if she had a spot open for Max since we were from California.
Max is now learning how to be the best version of himself, while living his best life. I am so excited to see where he will end up.
This is all because of Christina! I am beyond grateful for everything she does at Deaf Dogs Rock. They are so lucky to have her as an advocate! Thank you from the bottom of my heart!

Chelsea & Max

Client Served

Rating: 5

We listed one of our deaf dogs on Deaf Dogs Rock Inc. because we wanted to ensure he found the right home that could take care of his special needs. Because of this amazing non-profit, we were able to find Rufus a wonderful home! Thank you Deaf Dogs Rock Inc. for all you do and for helping rescues like us!
-Lending Paws a Hand, Inc., Sanford, NC. lpah.org

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This website is a great resource for us owners of deaf dogs. Hearing other people’s issues certainly helps with our own. And if anyone has any questions in what to do, so many people offer to help and give advice. A well needed site

Nancy S.15

Donor

Rating: 5

I rescued a deaf Dog 15 years ago! We did not have FaceBook or Deaf Dogs Rock as a resource. As I have come to follow this amazing rescue, I am overjoyed to see the information they offer so people are more willing to adopt these beautiful, intelligent dogs, and give them loving homes! Blessings always to this special rescue that raises awareness for deaf dogs❤️

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

When we adopted our baby I had no idea where to start with caring for a deaf dog. The resources they had available were a game changer for our little family. Having the support of a community that has been through it and can give advice has made our journey so much easier. The out reach they provide and the work they do to find homes for these amazing pups is absolutely indispensable. Amazing people, doing amazing work, for amazing pups.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Deaf Dogs Rock sponsored Buck when Poet’s Vision took him into their care. They’re exceptional and do fantastic work ❤️

1 Lyndsie S.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I contacted them about wanting to adopt a deaf dog but there were none in my area. Within a week we had the perfect addition to our family! I have been in contact with them for advice and check ins. Thank you so much DDR!!!!

1 Vanessa G.6

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Several years ago when a senior black lab rescued me, we soon learned she was deaf due to neglect along with many other health problems. Desperate for insight and information, I began my search and I found Deaf Dogs Rock. The information and resources they provide is so very helpful. Having help care for my sweet girl gave me confidence to provide the best care for my deaf girl. I cant say enough good this about this organization .I am very grateful for what they do. DEAF DOGS ROCK!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I adopted a deaf mutt when she was maybe 4 weeks old. (very long story there) we realized about 3 days in that our sweet pup couldn't hear. By then, I was already attached. (I mean who doesn't love a fluffy puppy?!) so I started doing research so we'd know as a family how to work with our girl. Deaf dogs rock has been instrumental in that process. Reading other people's stories about the other deaf dogs of the world and seeing how other people work with them has been helpful. I also love that I can see the doggies who need homes (one day my husband will say yes) thanks for all you do deaf dogs rock! You definitely make a difference!
Here's a video of maizy the first day we had her. https://www.instagram.com/p/BsXESf7AOWt/?igshid=gbfpl78sagiy

1 Nell M.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I recently acquired a deaf puppy and their website has so much information I needed. Thank you!

1 Jessica Shipe C.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Deaf Dogs Rock was the most valuable resource I found when we got our first deaf dog. There were articles and videos that showed training techniques and helped us better understand how our dog perceived the world. The DDR community is very supportive. This is the first place I would send someone if they were bringing a deaf dog into their family.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Deaf Dogs Rock has been instrumental in setting me and my deafie up for success. All the tips and resources helped me understand how to train her better and be her advocate. Armed with information, I was able to avoid problems like separation anxiety and OCD, but also to recognize that she is a dog first, breed second, and deaf third. Owning a deaf dog has made me a better dog owner and I could not have done it without DDR!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This organization not only does the tremendous work of rescuing and placing deaf dogs, they offer so many training tips for working with deaf dogs. I wish they’d been around when I started my deaf dog mom journey 15 years ago.

Bek A.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I adopted a deaf puppy almost a year ago. I started researching how I could give him the best start to life to ensure he had a wonderful and safe future. The information and community I found on Deaf Dogs provided me with the information I needed and the support of their wider community. Oscar and I thank you!

Emmi C.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Very helpful my buddy is deaf and with out their insight I would have muddled thru

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

When I found Ferrigno on pet finder he was really bigger than I was looking for, but instantly I knew he needed me, I went to meet him with my older pet who wasn’t too sure about his size but his gentle nature and enthusiasm won me over for sure. Next problem figuring out how to communicate with him. I spoke some ASL but I knew I needed to find resources for deaf dogs to get training tips and Deaf Dogs Rock was the only one I found with any real training advice. I realized I hadn’t given him a name sign, they also had some very helpful tips on his severe separation anxiety. He’s totally integrated into the family life and he’s traveled with me on several road trips and he’s going on more I don’t think I could have communicated effectively with him if I hadn’t found deaf dogs rock

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My daughter found this group after we adopted our first deaf pup, Athena. My daughter thought it would be nice to have a deaf pup since she is hard of hearing. The pup in the picture is Casper our second deaf pup. Unfortunately my daughter has passed away but I continue to visit DDR. The site is encouraging and informative. When the time comes again I will have another deaf pup.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I discovered DDR in 2010 after I adopted my first deaf dog Laszlo. I found DDR to be such a resource and it was wonderful to have a community. Christina the founder is very hands on , responsive and engaging. I have always appreciated that her focus on the needs of the dogs and moderating her community with a non judgmental approach. A couple of years after Laszlo I brought in another deaf dog Zeus from the shelter this time and worked tirelessly to find him a home over the course of a few years and again, Christina was a great help with promoting him to the DDR community. I n the end I decided to keep Zeus with me as it what was best for everyone. I always recommend DDR to anyone needing a resource and consider DDR one of the best out there.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

An adorable deaf and partially blind 6 month old puppy named Merle came to our rescue. He was getting a lot of attention but no serious adoption interest due to his issues. I didn’t know how to help him. I was so worried that Merle would grow up in a shelter. I then discovered the DeafDogsRock! website. I contacted Christine and she was so great with advice. She allowed me to post Merle’s story and photo. Long story short, I was contacted by a great family and Merle was adopted! Thanks to Christine and Deaf Dogs Rock! You saved Merle from growing up and living in a shelter for a very long time!

Client Served

Rating: 5

This year we've rescued two deaf dogs because of posts from Deaf Dogs Rock. Our first, named Hobart was four months old and a deaf Aussie mix. His mother was pregnant and rescued and then transported to a rescue outside of Chicago where she had eight pups. Hobart was the last of the litter. Deaf Dogs Rock was an amazing resource for us to learn how best to train and work with a deaf dog.

Nine months later I received an email from Deaf Dogs Rock which highlighted a deaf Catahoula Leopard dog who was seven months old. Oliver was not only deaf, but blind in one eye. He arrived at the rescue from Oklahoma and was at a shelter outside of Chicago. The shelter volunteer was worried for Oliver as he had had no training and was not able to get the one-on-one training to help him thrive. The volunteer contacted Deaf Dogs Rock and Christina was a wonderful resource which gave her advice and offered to promote Oliver's story to Deaf Dog's email list.

Thanks to Christina, Oliver is in a happy, supportive and loving home and along with his deaf brother Hobart, in a place he can receive the proper love and support to thrive.

I've always had a soft spot for dogs with special needs and Deaf Dogs Rock is an amazing resource to help save deaf dogs and educate the public about how amazing deaf dogs truly can be.

Alex P.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Thank you for all you do. A great resource to help with our pack!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have found your website to be life-saving. My Blue is the sweetest and love him beyond words or signing. He loves everyone and everything, the best snuggler I have ever had. Defiant as a normal puppy but gives me exercise when I need to chase him around when he does not want to listen to the sign to come here. LOL! But regardless when not listening the funny part is he still always looks back to be sure I am following him. If I am not following him he comes back, always. So funny, he is currently 6 months old as of June 2nd and he has already had a rough go at life. Blue's leg was amputated 3 weeks ago due to a broken leg going untreated. This is for anyone looking to adopt, please if you are patient and follow the tips on this website you will have just found your best friend. I adopted him from a rescue with knowledge of him being deaf. I was skeptical, but he chose me and who was I to say no to him. The place was very busy as they had puppies, but no one was there for the deaf puppy. I asked if I could meet him, he came into the room with three other people in the room. They put him on the floor, I knelt, I figured if he did not come to me then that would be that. To my surprise when he saw me, he bounded towards me and literally jumped into my arms within 10 seconds he was asleep. No nipping or licking just asleep snoring in my hair. Blue came from Mississippi and traveled all the way to Maine to find me. Some days are challenging, but thanks to the Deaf Dogs Rock website follow the tips they work and has made our bond even stronger. No hearing is only one small thing, he minds better than any hearing puppy I have ever or trained. Blue looks to me for approval and direction. He is the cutest and photogenic those ears are what everyone in his new extended family and friends just love. Blue has many fur friends too, he has two cats and an old golden retriever that he now calls family too. Thank you for having this website it has helped me so much to provide a good life to Blue where we can communicate without sound.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Deaf Dogs Rock has been invaluable in helping with Bigsby. He was thrown out if a car window in front of us on an overpass and fell into our lives. We didn't know much about deaf dogs or how to train them. Through DDR'S helpful resources, I am providing the BEST care for Bigsby as well as educating others about deaf dogs. They are an amazing organization of which I love and support.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted a deaf Pit mix with no idea how to take care of her. That was almost 4 years ago. Deaf Dogs Rock was there for me, I was able to get great information just by being able to read the stories from other owners blogs and helpful posts. Always answered inquiries about anything I asked.

Diana Dixon E.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We found Deaf Dogs Rock after adopting Axel. Axel is deaf and visually impaired. We’ve had many border collies and cattle dogs, but Axel is our first deaf guy. The resources and training tips have been invaluable. The community they have created is very supportive. Recently our 12-year-old dog has begun losing his hearing. All the knowledge we’ve gained from Deaf Dogs Rock and the community is a benefit to our old guy.

Deaf Dogs Rock is helping to better the lives of these special dogs and the people that love them.

Karen W.6

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have several deaf dogs and this group is an amazing source of information and ideas. There is always a quick reply to my questions.

Shay M.

Client Served

Rating: 5

When We rescued Loki We were clueless about the road ahead of Us. Some websurfing brought Us this amazing Non-for profit ! Welcoming us with Open arms always willing to offer advice ! Deaf Dogs Rock are doing amazing things!

Tracy LM.

Client Served

Rating: 5

In 2014, I fell in love with the most precious boxer, Luna! She wasn't like all the other boxers I've ever seen...she was completely WHITE!! Her coloring peaked my interest, so I started to do some research. It didn't take long before I discovered that white boxers, and many other breeds, have a high prevalence of deafness. Well, I wasn't going to let that deter me, but I was admittedly completely unsure how I was going to care for her. THEN...Deaf Dogs Rocks popped up in my google search on how to raise a deaf dog. What a tremendous blessing! DDR has empowered me, educated me, and demonstrated to me all the ins and outs of being a deaf dog owner. Luna has a very special place in my heart and has opened it to an entire community of dogs that many times are simply misunderstood. DDR does the work of a SAINT. Luna and I are forever grateful!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

While we didn't adopt Sadie, the Deaf Wonderdog, through DDR, their website and wealth of information helped us immensely when we first brought her home. Their love and willingness to help deaf dogs throughout the country has touched us in a way that cannot be measured. Keep up the great work!

Cara P.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I got my puppy having no idea he was deaf. I was in love already so as soon as I figured it out I started looking for information on training. I found Deaf Dogs Rock. Thank goodness. They recommended books and tips. They are so kind with all the advice on training or just even quirks that some deaf dogs may have. I've even privately messaged them for advice and was answered very quickly. I will always have a deaf dog now knowing there's a wonderful community here to help. Thank you so much for all you do.

Jennifer632

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

DDR helped us so much when we adopted our deaf boxer, Biscuit. Through their articles videos and the support found on their Facebook page training and communicating with him has been so easy! He is the best dog and a big part of that we owe to Christina and DDR. Without her help we would not have known where to start. Deaf dogs are amazing ... thank you Christina for all you do for these babies !

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Deaf Dogs Rock has been such a great resource for us! We adopted our Biscuit in 2014 and had no idea that he was born deaf. We had no idea where to start with his training and communicating and having 2 young sons with lots of friends in and out it was imperative that we be able to communicate with him. I can not tell you just how much Deaf Dogs Rock helped us navigate his training... in the end it was so easy !!!! It's the humans that take the most work!! Biscuit is such a special part of our family and I am forever grateful that We have the tools to communicate with him! Thank you Deaf Dogs Rock for teaching me about this wonderful world of Deaf Dogs and just how special and amazing they are!!!!!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We adopted Benson as a 12 yr old rescue taken in to be euthanized. I found this page throw the Lara Joseph, Animal Behavior Center owner. It has helped me with training and communicating better with our Benson! Thank you!

Jodi Yargo C.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Deaf Dogs Rock has given me advise on several occasions about my deafies JaDa and Faith. Thru DDR we got our deafie Faith.

betnow

Donor

Rating: 5

Murphy was our first deaf dog. We adopted him from a local rescue and sadly they didnt know much about deaf dogs. We were very grateful when we found deaf dogs rock. We learned so much from their videos and blogs. Any time we had a question we got a response within a few hours.
Great Rescue and very helpful

Previous Stories

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

Tiffany E.3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

When I adopted my first Boston Terrier, I didn't know he was deaf. When I finally figured it out, I searched the internet for help. Deaf Dogs Rock was a pivotal resource and gave wonderful tips on training that helped my dog tremendously.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I found my dog, Jeff through a posting on Deaf Dogs Rock, and as a result of this, I am now a professional dog trainer and purchased the training school I first took Jeff to for puppy classes. I now have two deaf dogs, compete in obedience sports with Jeff, and do canine nose work.

Donor

Rating: 5

I adopted Kaiser 3 years ago and he is totally deaf. He is extremely intelligent and very loving. I have taught him some sign language so that we can do things. He understands and is one of the best dogs that I have ever owned. I would have another deaf dog in a heartbeat. Deaf dogs Rock

Marcia Daily P.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Deaf dogs rock is a wealth of knowledge. I followed them before I even adopted my deaf guy. They help so many people every day. And share how wonderful deaf dogs really are.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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Terrie S.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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!!

Donor

Rating: 5

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

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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! ❤️

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

Vicky27

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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!

1 Derek K.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Jodie S.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

1 Sandra C.2

Donor

Rating: 5

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!!

1 Dawn Barrett H.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

1 Cassie C.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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

1 Erica W.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I got my first deaf dog two years ago and I was at a loss of what to do. I had her two days before I even realized she was deaf. I had to seek the help of the internet and I found this page and they have been a huge help! They have shared lots of resources for me to look at and read up on. Great cause to support!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I live in Queensland, Australia and rescued my deaf staffy Lynda from our local pound just before she was due to be PTS. I was dubious about her being deaf but she is such a sweet girl I couldn't let her be discarded and am so glad I did. She has the best soul and sense of fun. I found Deaf Dogs Rock Inc when I was researching and they have been so much help and support. They really do rock.

Donor

Rating: 5

We are a retired couple and had just made a big move to Tennessee. We decided to get a puppy and ended up getting 3. Turned out two of them are deaf. I googled deaf dogs and found them. I read the info on their website and had a couple emails with Christina and calmed down and said we can do this. In 2017 we became financial supporters. It was one of the best decisions we ever made. The dogs that they save is absolutely inspiring.

Claudia R.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Help me to understand and accept my deaf 5 months puppy.
I saw the videos in order to star training my puppy.

Mary L M.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Christina,
I wanted to take a minute to thank you and Deaf Dogs Rock for the information you shared on your site and by email with me, it provided me with valuable information and helped to calm my apprehension about working with deaf dogs. In December of 2016, I was asked by City Dogs Cleveland (where I volunteer) to take home a 6-month old puppy who was stressing in the kennel for a few days. He had been in the kennel for a month but no one knew he was deaf... we just knew he was wild and did not listen. Obviously, once in a home, I realized he was deaf and the kennel had a vet confirm that he was totally deaf and had been born deaf.

I agreed to foster him until other arrangements could be made and created a FB page for him where hundreds of people followed his antics and fell in love with him around the country and around the world. After 10 months of trying to find him a home , I realized he was already home. Our journey has been one of love and dedication and has changed my life forever and was publically followed by many at DEAFinitely Awesome - The Adventures of Acorn

https://www.facebook.com/DEAFinitely-Awesome-The-Adventures-of-Acorn-963304453813551/

Thank you! DEAF Dogs Rock gave me the confidence and knowledge base to take a chance on an absolutely remarkable dog and I have learned deafness is not a limitation. Acorn is smart, beautiful, loving and at just a year old he has excelled at everything I have asked him to do. He is a graduate of Obedience I & II where he was the youngest and only deaf dog in both classes. He is certainly among the most popular dogs to have ever come out of our shelter. Last spring he won the Canine Uncorked Contest and was the first Pitbull or Deaf Dog to ever to be featured on a wine label. He has had several articles written about him with another coming out next week. He has charmed everyone he has met and I am so grateful to have him in my life and for your help along the journey.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

November before last I lost my long time friend my dachshund Chili Dog. This naturally devastated me. A friend of mine gave me a puppy from a litter his two dogs had as a way of healing. So here I have this adorable 3/4 pitbull lab pup and she's just awful lol. She's not learning, responding or bonding with me. I soon realized she was deaf! Now I have raised many dogs over the years but never a special needs dog I had no idea how to do this, I was gonna give her away. But I started doing research online coming across deaf dogs rock and a few others. I decided I would give my little girl another chance. I took the tools and stories I gained from these sites and applied them. Now my beautiful amazing Aya dog is a year and a half old! She is the SMARTEST dog Ive ever had and is the best part of my day every day. I would have given up on this amazing dog if not for the resources I found and for that I will be forever grateful.

Mabrown

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Without the sponsorship for Silver the rescue would not have been able to save him. He is now adopted into his forever home! Deaf Dog's Rock has sponsored so many dogs in our Texas shelters. This helps rescues to be able to provide basic vetting and care. I personally know of many pups saved by them! Please support this nonprofit!

kdchristie

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I'm a Licensed Vet Tech and DDR was a life saver for me. I trained my hearing dogs, but never a deaf dog, which wasn't much different for me. What was different was the understanding of being a deaf dog and some special considerations. Learning these through the DDR website and Facebook saved Nash (my deafie) and I time in learning each other, he came to when he was almost 3 years old. Because of the DDR community, I love deafies and can't see me without them❤️