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    Default How do you know if your dog is going deaf?

    So Barney while first and foremost is my boy, he is also our guard dog. And an extremely good one.

    Soemtimes him and Pippi work in collaboration. Pippi always barks at the "right" thing, but sometimes she barks at the "wrong" thing (for example, a turkey in the back yard). Barney only ever barks at the "right stuff, i.e. someone sneaking round the property, or appraoching the house kind of stuff.

    Usually if Pippi starts barking, I check Barney's reaction. For example, if Pippi is going off, and so is Barney, it is something I know I need to check out. If Pippi is going off, Barney will look around and listen but if he doesn't go off then I generally know it's nothing to be worried about.

    Lately though I am wondering if his hearing is lacking a bit. For example, th eother night he was sleeping on the chair. Flat on his back all comfy. I said his name and he didnt respond. So I said it again a bit louder and he still didnt respond. I semi-yelled it and nothing. It wasnt until I touched him that he kinda bolted up and was like "wtf".

    This has happened a few times lately and I am not sure if he is going a bit deaf, or if he is just sleeping soundly, or not reacting because it is not an unusual noise if that makes sense.

    He is 7 in April so I feel he is a bit young yet to be losing his hearing but I am sure as with people, ages can vary. He does sometimes have issues with sore ears but nothing major, they just need to be cleaned regularly.

    Our old girl Chevy developed some "deafness" at around 8 but it was mostly selective and only in place when you were at the river and she had found something very interesting.

    The reason I am wondering with Barney though is, as a general rule, if he even vaguely thinks he has heard his name, he is in ya face and these couple of times he hasnt even heard it it seems which is very strange.

    What do you guys reckon?

    Also, hypothetically, if he was going deaf, how is this going to affect his guarding? Clearly if he cant hear anything he owuld be useless at that but can it still work in collboration with Pippi barking or not?

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    I am totally ignorant in this area. Can vets test for it?
    Ear infection?
    Gunk buildup?
    Was so comfy and sleeping soundly would be my first though until it persisted.
    I know my dogs can be selectively "deaf" at times. Turds that they are.

    Maybe do a few tests like you have been doing over a period of time then if you feel there is an issue seek help.

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    Yea he does get a gunk build up in hs ears...always has and I always know the signs when to clear it out.

    My first guess was sleeping deeply too, but usally even fast asleep if he thinks he heard his name, he is up (he is a bit of an attention whore).

    Yea I am sure vets can check for it though I dont think we are at that point.

    Maybe he was just sleeping deeply and so comfy he didnt want to hear it...anyway, I will keep an eye.

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    When you think he is sound asleep, try a soft squeaky toy and see if there is any reaction. I meant the really high pitch, not so loud noise ones.

    One of our kelpies went deaf at about 7.......He could not hear the human whistles that we use when we work our dogs. And he loved to work and it was not selective. We ended up using a special dog whistle for him.

    Sometimes ear infections can cause deafness, vet check maybe?
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    Tessa (16years old) is very deaf it was gradual but now to get her attention she will only hear that click noise u make with ur mouth - like when trying to make a horse go faster. I can walk up to her normally without sneaking and when she sees we she also gets that WTF jump out of her skin reaction.

    I feel that she has gotten used to it and isn't as unco as she was before. The vet didn't do any tests or anything on her I don't know I'f there's any.

    He might just be getting slightly deaf and when he's asleep inside and safe he probably wouldn't be on alert so to speak. I'm sure his other senses are making up for it he would prob have no trouble if he was on guard and alert. Got any brave testers to see if it's working

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    My old dog slept through a lot of noises as she got older. Maybe when she got to about 9ish? In the end I even often had to call her after I'd parked on the driveway after work and she was fast asleep under the house. If I called long and loud enough she'd eventually come greet me, all excited because I appeared out of nowhere. In her younger days she would've been at the gate when she heard the car turn into the street, asleep or not.

    The good side of it was that she also got 'slightly' less stressed during thunderstorms, though I think the idea of a thunderstorm was enough to make her start shivering by then. But she didn't hear the distant rumbling anymore.

    I didn't notice her hearing getting much worse in the couple of years before she died at 11. Or if it did, it was really very gradually and it never bothered her. I didn't totally trust her as a guard dog anymore though. Though she would've still been able to hear someone snooping round the house if she would've pricked her ears, so with Pippi alerting Barney, he will probably still be able to do his duties for a while to come, I reckon. But only time will tell, I suppose.

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    OT. Thought one of my sons was having hearing problems. With my back towards him and on the other side of the kitchen I asked quietly.."do you want a lolly?"

    "yes mum" he said. End of worry, lol.

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    LOL.....

    I find thsat with kids. Ask them to do a chore and they "didnt hear you"...ask if they want maccas for tea extremely quietly and its "did you say maccas?"

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    When I was about 6yo I failed to respond to my parents calling me when we were at a party. I was munching on cracker biscuits and some other kid had to come and get me and my parents were angry but I had no idea that they'd been calling me. Can't remember what was so important either. But I ended up seeing an ENT doc to get my hearing tested and then having my ears and adenoids reamed out under general anaesthetic and probably had my tonsils taken out (mostly) at the same time - though my parents would not confirm or deny that one since I chucked a bit of a tantrum when they suggested it. I definitely have less tonsils than most people who haven't had that op.

    So - I probably would have heard reasonably well when I wasn't eating but not at all when I was. Still have that problem occasionally - much harder to hear when I'm munching on something.

    Dogs - I'd consider hearing loss if they don't respond to stuff they normally do. For my dog - that's dropping stuff into the dinner bowl or opening the freezer door. She's in the next room or outside - suddenly she's right here.

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    LOL hya

    Well thats why I found it strange. Barney is an attention whore so you cant even get his name fully out before he is on top of you - even when he is sleeping so I did find it a bit odd.

    But we shall see, perhaps he was just completely comfy, perhaps not. He hears the food perfectly well so his hearing must be mostly ok

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