Big Boy

Duke is loving his new bed in his fully opened cage with no divider. He took a three hour nap in there with it open yesterday. He also kept waking up randomly and would walk all over the house and bark. Once I gave him the signal for no he would go lay back down in his bed and fall back asleep. I think he kept feeling our neighbor above us leave her place and since we live in a very old duplex house the vibrations woke him up from the doors shutting, he got startled and barked. I’m not sure if that’s the real reason, just a guess if mine. Either way his barks were very funny sounding and I made sure to let him know everything was ok so he could go back to sleep.

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First Day of Daycare

You learn something with every new experience you have. Having a deaf dog you learn things you wouldn’t normally think of. I took Duke to his first day of dogie daycare today. When we arrived I went through how much he would need to eat and when he’d be picked up, said my goodbyes and was ready to leave. Being it was his first day I didn’t even think of explaining how or what signals we use to train him or make him do anything. To me that’s all I know and I forget sometimes that other people don’t know what we do. Luckily the woman asked me before I could leave and I went over what signals we use for him and then I left. Duke was whining when I left but I know he’ll be okay once he gets to play with the other dogs because he loves to play with anything and everyone.

After I left and was driving to work I was wondering how many other families have to worry about something like this? I know training is important for any dog but for a deaf dog you have to make sure from person to person that the signals are all the same so the dog doesn’t get confused and not obey or get confused on what they’ve been learning. When I came to this conclusion I decided I have to make a sheet of commands for Duke so when he is by family and friends everyone is on the same page an no one gets confused.

This is Duke this morning wide awake and ready to go to his first day of dogie daycare. Dad was just trying to get some sleep.lol

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The Toy Bin. Does it help or not?

Tyler and I got Duke a bin to put his toys in. I’m still on the fence about it. I don’t know if it’s helping to keep the floor toyless or if it’s aiding in the “war zone” I like to call the living room floor. Before the bin the toys were everywhere and we could never keep track of them all. Now that we have the bin Duke likes to go in the bin and pick all of the toys out and set them on our rug so he can go from one to the next and play with all of them. He takes out the toys he barely even plays with just so they can sit with the rest of the toys on the rug. At least we know where all the toys are now.

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The White Dog

Duke being an almost fully white puppy besides some spots on his ears and some scattered random ones throughout his body is a white dog. With his hair being short and all white he can be very sensitive to the sunlight and get cold very easily. This is why we have gotten him a sweater for the winter. Since we’ve bought him the sweater he has been a lot more relaxed and we can tell he is warmer and happier with it on. He doesn’t even care if it’s on him and he’s a little cutie too!

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“He Can’t Hear You!”

This is  a very common phrase in my household. My boyfriend (Tyler) and I just found out about a month ago that our Duke is hard of hearing or pretty close to being deaf. Finding out that your puppy is becoming or is deaf is a little hard to take but after it sets in and you accept it you realize he is not much different than any other dog. The biggest differences are the things that we’ve had to change. For instance trying to get Duke’s attention you have to wave your hand in a big circle or stomp on the floor, flick the lights on and off in the room he is in or actually get up and go to him if he’s really not paying attention.As humans we are prone to be verbal because that is our main form of communication between each other. As Tyler and I are learning how to train Duke we are also learning how to train ourselves so we can communicate the best we can with our puppy.

A couple weeks ago we took Duke to the pet store to get him some treats. There were a lot of dogs there and he was very excited. One of the pet store associates came up to give him a treat so he’d calm down. She asked his name and then proceeded to keep calling “Duke!” “Duke!” “Duke!” to try to get his attention for him to sit and give him the treat. Tyler and I were chuckling and then finally told her that he was deaf and couldn’t hear her. She reached down and finally gave him the treat and he gobbled it up quickly. This is just one example of the day-to-day things we have deal with having Duke. Even though it can be challenging for us to train him and to teach the people, family, and friends how best to communicate with him sometimes, we would never trade him for any other dog because he is our Deaf Duke!