One of the issues that many senior dogs face is hearing loss. Deafness can be age-related or it can be caused by a medical condition. Going deaf often happens gradually, and because of that, the symptoms of hearing loss are sometimes hard to spot until the condition is advanced.
When it comes to deaf or hearing-impaired dogs, you can use hand signs to replace the verbal aspects of communication. In fact, whether you have a deaf dog or a hearing one, many now believe that body language and hand signals are better forms of communication than verbal commands.
The Central Nebraska Humane Society was struggling to find a home for a deaf Pit Bull, until one of the volunteers decided to teach the animal sign language.