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Old 01-25-2008, 01:47 PM
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Deafness in older Goldens?

Curious if anybody has ran into this.

Recently we noticed that our older Golden (almost 13) has likely gone completely deaf.

It was very clear the other day when someone rang the door bell. He did not move, while our younger one was up and partying by the door. We had thought he was just sleeping deeper than usual the past months, we assumed getting older/tired, but now we realize that he simply wasn't hearing.

He now gets startled when woken up (by touching him), but otherwise he is doing fine, active, and happy.

We found a very interesting paper on this topic, which we are going to follow.

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my 14 yr old cockapoo can't hear well at all. She doesn't hear the doorbell either. The neighbors must think I'm either crazy or cruel cause I have to practicly scream at her to call her in when she's really close by. Other than that and sleeping a lot she's a happy camper. She runs like a puppy when it's time to eat.
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i have known plenty of happy, healthy, deaf dogs who don't even seem to notice they have a disability. this is the main reason why during puppy training with Sam, i started using hand signs as well as verbal commands...
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ps - totally off topic, but Pablo, my dad used to live in Woodinville... i spent A LOT of time in that neck of the woods
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My 13 year old lab (he'll be 13 in March) doesn't hear. We use hand signals. He sleeps though all the play the puppies do unless they jump on him. He's happy too. He also has moments of confusion like going to the wrong door to get let in. Going to the wrong room for bed. But that doesn't happen often. He is also starting to have very bad arthritis in his feet...poor baby.
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My current golden, Gage, is quite hard of hearing. He doesn't respond to the doorbell, me coming home, etc. Toby, my previous golden who lived to be 15, was also very hard of hearing the last couple of years of his life. But it doesn't seem to bother either of the dogs. If I need to get their attention, I just stamp my foot or tap them on the back.
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Deaf dogs, if not taught to sign, do so well at reading our body language. My Cocker went deaf and she knew what we wanted from her if she could see us.

We realized she was deaf when I would walk in from work and find her on the livingroom couch. That was a no, no for her, but she used to jump off when she heard the car pull up...LOL It was pretty funny when I would walk over and tap her gently and point to the floor. She always knew, she was busted!
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My older Golden, Hope (about age 10) lost some of her hearing as she got older. It didn't seem to bother her at all....she seemed as content as ever. It did scare us a bit, though, because we live in the country and she liked to lay in the sun in the middle of the driveway, and she couldn't always hear when vehicles were driving up. Other than having to yell louder to her when we wanted her to come, it didn't cause any major problems.
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my 14 yr old cockapoo can't hear well at all. She doesn't hear the doorbell either. The neighbors must think I'm either crazy or cruel cause I have to practicly scream at her to call her in when she's really close by. Other than that and sleeping a lot she's a happy camper. She runs like a puppy when it's time to eat.

This made me laugh because we have a neighbor that does this and I always thought she was a bit nuts...but maybe it's because her pup is hard of hearing!
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My Jake went pretty deaf in the end - we were never sure if he was completely deaf or if it was "selective hearing". Jake had a history of ear infections though so his ears weren't great.

If your dog is sleeping and not seeing you coming, it might help to give the floor a little harder stomp to let him know you are there before reaching out to pet him. You don't want to risk him being startled.
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