A puppy locked out of the world because his owners didn’t know he was completely deaf has been given a fresh start by Blue Cross.
Dylan was brought to our Tiverton rehoming centre in Devon in May, aged seven months, because his family were struggling to cope with his behaviour and unable to train him.
It was immediately apparent to our team that the reason for that was that he had severe problems hearing, and we soon established that he was completely deaf.
Hannah Miell, Animal Behaviour Coordinator, said: “It had been implied previously by a vet that there may have been a little bit of a hearing issue, but that if there was, it was quite mild.
“But when Dylan came to us we tested his hearing by getting him to focus on me and then my colleague behind him clapped really loudly and there was not a smidge of reaction from him. This indicated his hearing problem was much worse than suspected and our vet confirmed then that he was completely deaf.
“He can feel vibrations through the ground, so if you drag a chair along the floor he can feel that, but sound-wise, he could not hear anything.”
The team soon set about using sign language to begin his training and within a matter of days, Dylan was already making huge progress, largely thanks to the dedication of Animal Welfare Assistant Jasmine Coles.
Hannah said: “He didn’t know any cues when he came to us. Jasmine put a lot of effort into his training and he learnt to sit and lay down in just one weekend. He’s food motivated which really helps and makes it a lot quicker.