David brought me home to Cornwall just before Christmas 2018. However, he soon realised that I am a little different. I never respond to noises or vocal commands in the way that Timmy and Jago (usually) do. This was reinforced by David’s dog-sitter who said maybe I am hard of hearing or even deaf.
The vet here in Cornwall simply suggested that I am probably deaf, and that there was nothing anyone could do. That wasn't good enough for David, so he sought a second opinion from a vet in London. That vet agreed there was a strong likelihood that I AM deaf, and so referred me to a specialist practice in Newmarket for some testing.
Here, I was very brave and I went through a series of tests involving electrodes that monitor brain activity. Don't worry though, they didn't hurt! Lo and behold, the diagnosis was affirmative:
– I AM COMPLETELY DEAF!
So what does that mean for me? How will my humans work with me?
It turns out there is lot of support available. David has found a local dog trainer who is helping us to learn sign language and we both attend weekly puppy classes.
Anyway, it's fine! I'm not worried one bit. I am a very contented and energetic puppy who is loving life, so my family know that this issue will not get in the way of me living a full and active life, and playing with all the doggy visitors to Tamar Valley Cottages.
As for the training – I am pleased to say that David is doing surprisingly well and he’s learning quickly. 🐾
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