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Old 12-16-2017, 10:40 AM
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Question Deaf dog barks for no apparent reason!

I have a 2 yr old white toy poodle. He is a rescue and I am told he was born deaf. I have had him a year and a half and he has mixed very well with our other animals (4 dogs, 6 cats, 2 goats and a horse). We have had almost no adjustment problems. Recently he has begun to bark and growl at my wife, or anyone else, coming in or out of the back door. Also we will be sitting around reading, all is very quite, and he will bark this very loud, piercing bark for apparently no reason. Again this is a recent behavior and nothing that has helped to correct him in the past is working for this problem. Any help or advise would be appreciated. Feel free to ask or message me with any further questions you may have to clarify anything. Thank in advance!
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Old 12-16-2017, 01:18 PM
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It really depends on what kind of barking we're talking about. I would have to see it.

Is the back door barking similar to the reading barking? Or, is it a different sort of barking? What is he looking at when he barks? Or, does he just raise his head and sort of bark at the air? When he barks and growls, what are his feet doing? Is he pacing/shuffling, or is he planted firmly?
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Old 12-17-2017, 09:03 AM
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His bark is usually just into the air. A single very loud bark. He is either lying down or standing in one place. I would say that he does it for attention but about half of the time he will do this when he is lying in my lap.
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Your dog might not be able to hear, but he might be feeling sudden vibrations that makes him think he should bark, or alert someone to it. The door closing can make a thud sound, a truck out on a highway rattling by could be felt, or a neighbor chopping wood...things like that. Even the door opening, could cause enough change in air pressure, movement to startle your dog.

Try paying attention to sounds around you and see if that is what's setting him off. He might not have responded earlier because many dogs that are adopted and coming into a new environment are often under stress from it or from being locked up in a kennel environment for some time and they have kind of shut down in some ways. It can take a dog anywhere from 2 weeks to 3 months to start to show their own true personality after being adopted. Perhaps a deaf dog might take even longer, given you've had him for a year now.

Kudos, for taking in a dog most would pass up on. I took in a mentally handicapped Golden Retriever that I named HaHa, and he ended up being the best dog I've ever owned...and I've owned some very fine dogs in my life. He passed away last year though. I also have a feral dog, Jaya, and she'll never be the cozy friendly type around me or anyone.... I've had her for 6 years now and she barely tolerates me coming up to her still. But in both dogs, I got a great satisfaction in feeling like I uncovered hidden gems that others walked right past.
Jaya...as mentioned, is fearful of humans, but for me, she at least now shows me she's happy when I come home, she will trot in a circle with her tail up and waving. It's good though to see her relaxed like that and she even plays with my new Golden, AU, who's 7 months old...something I don't think she ever did before I got her. She and HaHa use to play a tiny bit, but not the running body slamming play that she and AU seem to enjoy.

I've had more than a few of my dogs go blind and/or deaf in old age, but I did notice that with most, they could/would respond to low frequency noises, like thuds coming from the Department of Transportation next to my home when a loader bucket hit the ground, or someone outside my home shutting a car door or even sounds from the t.v. set. So kind of keep an ear tuned in for things like that and see if your dog is responding to something real, and not just barking to bark.

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I had a cat who went deaf from ear infections and cancer in his ears and eventually the surgeries to remove the tumors left him first partially and later completely deaf. He became aggressive with other cats the first couple of weeks and easily startled while he adjusted but then adapted so well I started questioning the vet to see if he had somehow gotten some hearing back.

He apparently could sense any kind of vibrations and react just as well as if he had heard sound. So he would turn if I called his name when he was eating, know I came in but my walking and opening doors, somehow tell when I called him and said anything. But he'd been close to deaf with chronically blocked eardrums for so long he'd gotten very sensitive with his other senses. Except he had cataracts starting too.
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Barking at the air is usually more of a warning bark - warning you of something that concerns him.
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