Deaf Dog Humor
Dogs laugh, but they laugh
with their tails … – Max Eastman
Some humorous (and mostly true)
observations compiled by deafdogs list members …
You Know You Have A Deaf
Dog When …
Your dog ignores you by turning his head.
doesn’t care if her favorite toy has a squeaky or not.
Your dog likes to lie
under your feet or across the doorway, so that you can’t leave the room without
Instead of listening for the car, your dog watches for
headlights on the wall and can tell your car from your spouse’s.
the porch lights on/off for your dog, rather than for your teen-ager.
Stomping on the floor doesn’t mean you are angry.
You notice the Christmas
bells in the craft store and immediately think “What a great size for the dog’s
collar!” and buy a box of 24.
Your first thought when you see a new dog
sport or trick is “hmmmm – I wonder what would be a good signal for that?”
You walk though the house waving a dog bowl when it’s time to eat.
the only one at the dog park “calling” your dog back by waving your arms over
your head. And when she doesn’t come, you “wave louder.”
You constantly find
yourself looking at the sky, the ceiling etc., trying to figure out what it was
that your dog saw there.
Praising or scolding your dog consists of wildly
exaggerated (and very comical) faces and hand motions.
Your dog watches your
hands intently, trying to decide if you are talking to him and what the motions
You inadvertently train your deaf dog to do something weird,
because a habitual gesture you use all the time caught her attention.
are impressed that your dog knows so many hand signals – until you tell them
that he is deaf.
The first question you receive regarding your deaf dog is
“does she bark?” (And then you can amaze them by turning to your dog and
signaling her to bark, which she does quite well.)
People argue that
your dog cannot be deaf, he’s paying too good of attention, is responsive and
well trained, and his ears move.
You unintentionally find yourself doing
your “good dog” hand signal to your coworkers, spouse, and all dogs and cats
that you encounter.
You find yourself making exaggerated hand and arm
motions to get any dogs’ attention, instead of making clickey, kissey, smooching
noises. You also ask them to sit with your hand instead of your voice.
and your spouse can communicate silently in public by using your dog’s signs.
You can sign “sit” and your dog and kids will all sit and look at you.
You’ve learned to do sign language and shift gears at the same time while
Your dog trainer stops talking to the hearing dogs, too.
Your other dogs have learned all the deaf dog’s hand signals by osmosis. Not
only that, but they wait for the hand signal after the vocal cue, like they
don’t believe you really meant it until they see the signal.
You can open a
crinkly snack bag and your dog doesn’t notice till the smell reaches her.
Your dog either ignores the vacuum or thinks it’s a great thing to play with.
You don’t have to spell W-A-L-K or S-Q-U-I-R-R-E-L or B-A-L-L when talking
in front of your dog.
You can sing off key and your dog doesn’t howl.
You can talk on the phone and still talk to your dog without a break in your
conversation. Ditto for having a sore throat.
It’s normal for your dog to
not greet you as you come home from work. Instead you have the opportunity to
participate in a game of “where’s the dog sleeping now?”
You are able to
enter your house with an armload of groceries, sneak into the kitchen, and
unload them – all before your dog knows you’re home.
You can get up to go
the bathroom in the middle of the night and your dog doesn’t wake up. If you are
really sneaky, you can even get up and be completely ready for work before
letting your dog out of her crate.
You can play possum and not have to get
out of bed so early in the morning if your dog just doesn’t see you move or open
You can look forward to July 4th and New Year’s Eve because the
noise doesn’t bother your dog. It also doesn’t take hours to coax your dog out
from under the bed after a thunderstorm.
When someone rings the doorbell,
your dog continues to sleep (people think he’s so well-behaved).
walk your dog down the street without stopping as the neighbors’ dogs bark while
you pass by.
Dogs can bark right outside your house and your dog will go
right on sleeping.
When the “Twilight Bark” starts up, it skips your house.
On the other hand, your dog will wake up in the dead of night to bark at
something she thinks she saw, and upset all the dogs in the neighborhood over