If your dog happens to have no ears, then you are already well aware of the many day to day challenges your pup may face. The strength and tenacity of a pup with a hearing deficit is often apparent in their attitude and zest for life. You have probably already found many tricks to work around the fact that your dog cannot hear. But let's find even more fun games for your dog to play! No ears are needed for these fun activities so get your pup ready to play and be prepared to have fun!
Even though your dog has no ears, you still need a way to communicate with them and sign language is the perfect solution! Training your dog to understand basic hand motion commands is actually surprisingly easy to teach and will be something that your dog will love - they will be thrilled to be able to understand you and receive praise when they do what you ask. Many dogs are trained to understand hand commands without words whether they have ears or not. This skill will not only be fun for your pup to learn but also useful in day to day life.
If you dog doesn't have ears and therefore, cannot hear, chances are that their other senses are heightened. This means your dog may not be able to hear you but may have a super sniffer or laser eyesight. Put these abilities to good use by setting up a treasure hunt for your dog. You can do this inside or outside and you can use any number of things as the 'treasures'. Treats and toys are ideal, especially if they are your dog's favorite - they will be scrambling to find where their favorite ball went! No ears are needed for this activity, just a playful disposition.
A dog with no ears will most likely enjoy sniffing everything. Even more so than a dog with ears, sniffing will help them to learn their surroundings and feel comfortable wherever they are. You may find that your dog with no ears sniffs a considerable amount while on walks and may be doing more sniffing than walking! So, why not let them? Why not celebrate this method of deciphering the world? Bring your dog around the block for a sniff instead of for a walk. Your dog will appreciate the extra time you give them to stop and smell the roses….or fire hydrant.
If your dog is unable to hear, training them with a vibrating collar can be very beneficial. The subtle vibrations can be triggered by you to get your dog's attention. Effective and easy to use!
Dog agility training and obstacle courses are typically taught to pups using basic hand motions making it the perfect activity for dogs with no ears. Set up that obstacle course and get ready to watch your pup play, learn and run!
Don't let your dog's lack of ears hold you back from teaching and playing with them. Your dog is just like any other and will love exploring, learning and playing. Pick an activity that will suit your dog's personality, not one that centers around their handicap. If it is an activity your dog will love, then you will be able to find a way around the fact that they have no ears.