Well, not really. He adores me, and camps out next to me constantly. Thus, the problem.
He is deaf now, so I must be very careful about how I move around him. When I get up, either awake or in the middle of the night, I must be careful to step over him.
He follows me everywhere. So, if he senses my movement, he jumps up and moves right under my foot to follow me. I can barely move around for fear I may step on him and hurt him.
So, I always make sure to hold on to something in case he moves, so I don't fall on my ass or face. He's also black, thus impossible to see in the middle of the night. So, we use night lights in my house now, for his protection.
I love my pooch. I will shuffle slowly and walk carefully for as long as it takes. But damn, this is an accident waiting to happen.
He's even been (lightly) stepped on because of it, yet he continues to try and rub as I'm walking!
It's not an accident waiting to happen, though, because it's happened several times already. He always gets out of the way even as I'm trying to find something to grab to keep from falling. I'm not sure why he continues to do that as his hearing is fine. Just dense, I guess
I hope you both manage to remain safe however; it is frustrating when a pet doesn't understand the dangers involved for both
2. all dogs love to lie wherever you're going to step next!
My Harry dog was deaf the last 3 years before he died last summer. He got panicky the first few months - I don't think he knew what was happening. Then he started to hang closer to me and I started making up hand signals to communicate with him. Now thatI have a puppy again I am using the same signals even though he is hopefully learning the commands. I guess its good to have 2 ways of communicating.
I think he will get used to being deaf, and become a little less clingy (mine did anyway) but when they are old they do get more dependent. I did a major trip over my puppy a couple days ago... he was right in the bedroom doorway in the middle of the night. He just looked at me like I was some kind of clod!
13. I believe he is afraid since he has become deaf, and he is staying near you
Edited on Sun Jan-25-09 07:41 AM by old mark
for protection and security. Dogs rely on hearing much more than we do, and I imagine it would be a real handicap to lose it.
He obviously trusts you to help him.
No joke intended here, but maybe you could find some kind of light to put on him. I own a large mostly black dog, too, and he becomes near invisible at night, and is a tripping hazard for sure. ADDED: That light collar looks like a good idea.....
19. Missy, a previous poster in this thread posted a link to a lighted
Edited on Sun Jan-25-09 02:40 PM by old mark
collar that might be what you are looking for.(Post #3 - Haole Girl) I meant to say that your dog is become cautious because his hearing is so limited - he is seeking safety by being with you. My wife has several chrinic illnesses, and is very unsteady on her feet. I worry a lot about her tripping over our 118 pound black (on top, anyway) dog, who does hear, but does not move unless he feels like it.
15. Pictures? This thread needs a picture of the guy!
I have an old dog "Buddy" who I got used back in 2003. He is somewhere between 14-16 years old according to the guy who was his owners landlord. Sweetest old guy in the world but he is blind in his left eye so I have to be really careful about walking on that side. I also have to be careful when giving the dogs treats because he doesn't see the other dogs tail about to hit him in the eye. I also have to make sure I let him know its me about to pet him or he will react to the touch with a growl/bite. Old dogs take extra work but they are worth it.
24. My first dog, my beloved Lucille, was deaf. I was in a yahoo group
for people with deaf dogs. I found some good advice there. Even learned some asl signs and taught them to Lucie. She knew the signs for "eat", "out", "come", "car", "walk", and, of course, "cookie". I do remember having to be more vigilant with her than with my hearing dogs, though.
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