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We've had our Lola for over 4 months now....just finished obedience school which was not as helpful as we thought it would be.

To make a long story short, my husband realized over a month ago that Lola does not seem to respond to verbal commands, squeak toys, or clapping. When we call her by name, she doesn't come running, the vacuum could be on and you can go right up to her with the beater bar with NO reaction. If the doorbell rings, no response....the kids come home? She just lies there.

It also explains why she doesn't mind the blow-dryer when I bathe her. In addition, the outdoor potty training has also been a challenge and now I know why! She never heard us saying "Make pee!", but the second she sees her pad, BOOM! Her business is done. She is visual and uses her nose to smell her surroundings.....very sensory.

She's a very sound sleeper and unless she "sees" one of us, or smells us walk by, she will not respond. It's great when there are thunderstorms or when we're watching TV late at night.

Our breeder has been contacted and we are going to have the BAER testing done next week to confirm our suspicion. Bottom line, she does NOT respond to anything we say. We rely on hand-signals.

This is a HUGE learning curve. We really did not expect this and truth be known, we were devastated upon finding out. We realize deafness is not a detrimental disability, but if you all knew our history, you'd understand why we wanted a "normal" puppy. That being said, we are keeping her regardless as she's become a huge part of our family and the kids have bonded to her very much- especially our son.

I wanted to share as while I haven't been around here much it's because we are dealing with this issue. This is going to be a lot of work and for now, we're taking one day at a time.

Our breeder together with Nathan of Talemaker Havanese have been incredible supports and have provided us helpful links to dealing with this issue. We cannot thank them enough.

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Oh dear what a shame poor little Lola,and poor you.

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Well, Lola is sure a gorgeous little girl! I am sure it is very disappointing to realize that she can't hear; none of us wants to find out there is something wrong with our pups, that is for sure. But now that you have realized there is a problem and can have it further evaluated, hopefully you will be able to work with her accordingly so that she can get the most out of her training. It must have been very frustrating to be working with her as a dog that you thought could hear, if indeed she doesn't, and to see disappointing results. Lucky Lola to have found herself in a household who loves her, no matter what, and will see that she gets the proper attention for her problem.

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oh that poor sweet little girl. I'm sure she is just happy as can be tho even without hearing very well. It is going to be an adjustment, but it sounds like you are more then willing to do so. She is a lucky pup! She is just adorable too by the way!!

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Lola is too cute. I am so sorry to hear about the hearing problem. I am sure that was devastating to realize. I looked back at your posts and read that she had a bad reaction to vaccines. Has the vet considered this a cause or did you notice it before that?

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I'm so sorry to hear about Lola's disability - it must be devastating to you but sounds like you're up for dealing with it successfully. If she was born that way then she will not know she's even missing anything - like McGee with his lost paw. Good luck on your search for ways to make Lola's life all it can be! She is a gorgeous little girl!

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Sugarbaby and I sat in on a Rally class at her training center and there was a deaf dog who was being trained for Rally, he worked off of hand signals and he was really good because he didn't hear any distractions. Remember we don't get the dog we want, we get the dog we need. (HUGS)
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Thanks everyone for your responses.

It took us some time to realize she doesn't come to us or respond whatsoever when we call her name. When she's downstairs & we're upstairs, we can call her repeatedly with NO reaction.

Lizzie's Mom.....very interesting observation about the vaccines. I will do some further research. I do know that the reaction did not occur until the had her shots with us NOT the breeder which I was told is sometimes common upon getting a certain vaccine for the 2nd time.

That being said, the breeder did tell us now when she's been thinking back, that she noticed Lola slept more and more soundly than any of the other pups. Also, she would wander and sniff around and when she called "Pup, pup", there was no response, whereas her brothers would perk up and at least turn around towards the voice.

I thought maybe she has a build-up of hair in her inner ear canal?? It's so teeny tiny though, that I can't see loads of it in there when I looked.
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Lola is a beautiful pup nothing will ever change that, you and your family can only do what is possible for you. To find your perfect pup has a disability is devastating, all kinds of emotions come forward. Yes, deaf dogs can do well, some better then others and some people have more time and experience to work with them.

First maybe Lola is not deaf, second maybe it can be surgically corrected, hopefully you will know more after the testing. If she is truely deaf the best thing you can do as you start your journey is have a back up plan. It is not that I think you and your family can not handle this, I don't really know you, I do know this is a big deal. A back up plan is to find someone like a rescue that could take Lola "IF" things do not go well. The reason you need a back up plan and it is not easy to get a rescue that can and has dealt with this to agree to take them as they are difficult to place (a rescue that would do this would be worried about the adult dog she will be, not the cute puppy). If you have a back up plan this will give you breathing space, a sense that no matter what, Lola will be taken care of and a safty net can help us stretch our limits.

All the best for you, your family and Lola. Please remember that you have choices and sometimes it's hard, the right choice at the appropriate time can ensure success, if you are able to work with her and over come this or you need to give her another chance down the road both choices are a big deal and both are to give Lola the best life possible. Hugs.

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Lola is a beautiful pup nothing will ever change that, you and your family can only do what is possible for you. To find your perfect pup has a disability is devastating, all kinds of emotions come forward. Yes, deaf dogs can do well, some better then others and some people have more time and experience to work with them.

First maybe Lola is not deaf, second maybe it can be surgically corrected, hopefully you will know more after the testing. If she is truely deaf the best thing you can do as you start your journey is have a back up plan. It is not that I think you and your family can not handle this, I don't really know you, I do know this is a big deal. A back up plan is to find someone like a rescue that could take Lola "IF" things do not go well. The reason you need a back up plan and it is not easy to get a rescue that can and has dealt with this to agree to take them as they are difficult to place (a rescue that would do this would be worried about the adult dog she will be, not the cute puppy). If you have a back up plan this will give you breathing space, a sense that no matter what, Lola will be taken care of and a safty net can help us stretch our limits.

All the best for you, your family and Lola. Please remember that you have choices and sometimes it's hard, the right choice at the appropriate time can ensure success, if you are able to work with her and over come this or you need to give her another chance down the road both choices are a big deal and both are to give Lola the best life possible. Hugs.
Thank you for this post. I can see that you appreciate this isn't easy and the road ahead will be unpredictable. Someone wrote a friend of mine that deaf dogs can be "fun and interesting" I found that to be an odd statement especially since the fun and interest is even more so for those not directly involved in Lola's care.

For me, the MOST frustrating right now is Lola not responding to us when called. So we physically have to get in her visual view before she will do anything. That includes her getting into mischief (which she does on occasion). A simple "NO" won't cut it. We physically have to stop what we're doing, walk up to her, and remover her from the situation. That's fine at home, but it also means she can never be let loose outside.

This is a huge learning curve, & we do have 2 people willing to take her if things don't work out, but I don't think that we will ever have to exercise that option. It's a comfort however, knowing that the offer has been made.

Thanks to everyone who responded here. I look forward to contributing my experiences & knowledge I learn along the way regarding hearing impaired pups. Who knows.....it may help someone else.
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