Amy, the gentle 4 year old deaf black lab mix

Amy, the gentle 4 year old deaf black lab mix

Amy is a sweet and gentle dog that is great with kids. She is very gentle and loving to our 8 year old and 5 year old. She is never nippy or mouthy. She doesn’t jump very much and very rarely barks. She is a good dog for a home with kids. She is 4 years old and was found on the street with no background information so the last couple months has been a learning curve.

Amy is deaf! We learned this after a few weeks and now many things make sense! Amy is very alert and can follow lots of hand signals. We have taken her to obedience class and have a private trainer once a week as well. She can sit, lay down, twirl around, wait, shake, and catch treats in the air. She is still learning how to fetch. She loves chasing the ball, it’s just giving the ball back that is a challenge. Amy is working on getting used to being separated from us when we leave. She likes to play with a kong full of peanut butter or a food puzzle while she waits. She needs to learn manners about not searching for human food when she is alone but other than that, she is getting better about being alone.

Amy is not good with cats or other dogs. We have a cat and Amy continues to be too sniffy and excited to hang with the cat. We walk Amy everyday and when we see another dog we usually just cross to the other side of the street and Amy will look and focus on the other dog. This has gotten a lot better since we’ve been training Amy and over time we believe she will get even better. Most of the time walking her is an absolute pleasure. We’ve been training her to sit when we stop walking and we have her lay down and wait before crossing the street. We also take Amy on the occasional run and she loves it.

Amy is excellent at not having accidents in the house, she sleeps through the night every night and is very happy to hang out during the day while we work. Amy doesn’t dig and doesn’t chew things that she should not. She is surprisingly restrained with the kid’s stuffed animals and has never destroyed any of our furniture/shoes/etc.

Unfortunately, due to the fact that Amy can’t hang with our senior cat, we have to find a new home for her.

What’s it like having a deaf dog? Well, when you call for her, she doesn’t hear you. So, you have to either tap your foot or use a vibration collar if she is not looking at you. She is still new to the vibration collar, but we are currently training her on it. When she sleeps, you can be as loud as you want and she will not wake up unless she feels motion. If you have barking dogs in your neighborhood, Amy will not join in. The only thing you have to remember is to wait for her to look at you before you give her hand signals.

Amy is a wonderful dog and she will win you over if you give her a chance. If you would like to meet Amy in person or just have questions about her, please give us a call or email.

Contact us at srnilsen@gmail.com or (415)298-2268.

Take a look at a video we made of her seeing and responding to commands:

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