Having owned only collies for 32 years, we decided no more dogs since loosing our Meg after 12 years, but spotted an ad for a deaf dog in Wales.
we fell in love and have had the rescue collie for about 18 months, she's roughly 7 years old and we believe her to be a working dog ( retired
The farmer gave her up as her hearing was failing and was a danger round farm machinery, which I can easily believe as you can Hoover right up to her, even the lawn mowers fails to cause concern with her.
She's a well balanced dog, and despite being say 90% deaf, is easily beckoned with hand signals, she has trained us to feed her at 7:15am and 5:15 PM, is now after 18 months very affectionate, plays well with other dogs and generally has a well deserved happy life.
Problem from day one, she won't stay in the room when the TV is on?
Being excessively food orientated, she will do anything for a treat, and that's been a great aid in training, but the TV is the exception.
Show her a leg of lamb and she would walk over broken glass to get to it, but switch the TV on, and she will drop it and run.
We've tried it with the sound off ( she's not 100% deaf) , the contrast turned to black and white, makes no odds!!
She can be sat with her back to the TV, but the second she sees its on, she's gone!
It's purely a visible thing.
We've tried tempting her in the living room, but its sheer panic.
Switch the TV off, she's happy to sit with us, switch it on, she's away!
It's got to a stage now where we don't watch any day time TV ( thank god) but come 6:30pm, she simply walks out of the room.
All the experts advice has failed, she won't respond to treats, and I'm at a loss as to how we can overcome this.