Is on a lead the only option? He's 13 and getting progressively deafer.
He was really sick between Nov and Jan, when he had to have a transfusion. His recovery since has been staggering! (Behindlock, if you are reading, he is going from strength to strength ).
My problem now is his zest for life means he is too far ahead of me, and won't hear me unless I yell andsoundlikeacrazywoman
I really don't want to curtail his joy but is there any other option but keep him on the lead? He's never needed one before but our walks have turned rather fraught! I stupidly feel that he would feel like I'm punishing him
Are there any other solutions for recalling partially deaf dogs? He can't have treats as he's very intolerant to most foods and medications (hence transfusion).
Poor boy, I feel like I'm really going to piss on his parade
Funnily enough, I've ordered a duck whistle from amazon needastrongone
In hindsight, this may be a silly idea but it was only a few quid! (it's not arrived yet)
The reason I went for the duck thing is that he seems to hear when my pitch is as low as I can get it (although I still have to yell!), rather than high, if that makes sense. The dog whistles are quite high aren't they? Worth a try though...
I'm trying not to think about how much more unhinged I'll look pursuing him with a duck whistle
He may calm down in time (he's around 90 FGS!!) but maybe I should just accept he needs to be on the lead for the time being...
It might be helpful to use a bandana that also tells people he is deaf - if only to alert them to the fact you are not a crazed loon with a badly behaved dog when you are calling him.
Have a look hereMilgi coats I know Milgi coats are bringing in the bandanas as a stock item, they are incredibly well made, the customer service the company provides is wonderful and they may have a few ideas that could help apart from just a bandana saying you boy is deaf.
No they are not the same as electric collars at all. It's gentle vibration that causes no pain at all. Some dogs might be sensitive to the sensation at first, so I'd start with it on a lower setting and then gradually increase it if needed.
I've never had to use one, my dogs are all quite young, but this is the kind of thing I mean You can get multi function ones that also shock, but I wouldn't personally use those as you risk pressing the wrong button.
I would second the vibrating collar. I've used it with my stubborn labradoodle and it works fantastically well. When I buzz him it's like he's on elastic, he snaps round and comes back. I don't use it any more as a couple of months of that AND me calling at the same time has sorted out his recall. But with an older deaf dog I would think it would be fabulous.
The sensation is a bit like being tickled, I tried it on my skin. But it's a very unusual sensation for a dog as it's not like anything else that they've encountered, so it stops them in their tracks. Worth a try for sure. x