Life with a deaf dog…
Situations in which Boogie now stays relaxed:
- Dogs barking at him from behind fences
- Sounds of footsteps walking up behind us on the street
- The sound of buses, garbage trucks, fire trucks…
- My sneezing (Boogie used to leave the room whenever I sneezed)
- Watching youtube videos that have barking dogs in them
- Watching noisy movies
- Talking on Speaker Phone or Video Skype
- Sound of the kitchen timer when I’m cooking
- Sound of mail courier calling to me from outside the front door
- Going to the bathroom, stepping out to do laundry, emptying the trash (Boogie doesn’t wake up)
Situations that still break my heart:
- When I come home and he’s curled up asleep oblivious that I am there.
- When I touch him gently to wake him up, and he JUMPS UP.
- When after preparing his breakfast I peek out the door and he is standing there, staring at the kitchen door, waiting for me to stick my head out the door.
- The one time I clapped my hands to call him (outdoors) and he became confused as to where the sound was coming from, became hypervigilant and started barking at everything on the street.
- When I watch old videos of Boogie and me interacting (me talking, he responding)… sometimes, I can’t help it… I start crying.
Nowadays, I have become much more mindful of my body language and facial expressions when I see Boogie looking at me.
I am using “thumbs up” as a replacement for “Yes!” or “Good Boy!” but to be honest, I don’t know if this is actually working even though I give him a treat after the thumbs up. I think he may be watching my face, not my thumb…
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