Deaf Dog Collars, Leashes & Harnesses
Deaf dog safety is a passion of mine, and the reason is simple: our deaf dogs depend on us to keep them out of danger in ways that hearing dogs don’t. Keeping a deaf dog safe and out of harm’s way doesn’t have to be hard, complicated or expensive.
Thinking about these issues now and then coming up with a safety plan that fits your family’s lifestyle and your dog’s needs isn’t just good deaf dog parenting- it may save your deaf dog’s life!
The Highlights of Deaf Dog Safety
Deaf dog safety can achieved in a variety of ways, including:
- implementing a few changes to our daily lives, such as making sure our doors are always securely locked and checking fences for unwanted escape hatches
- staying aware of changes in our dog’s environment, and
- remembering to communicate these changes to our dog,
For a more comprehensive overview of deaf dog safety, check out my post Deaf Dog Safety 101.
Products to Help Keep Your Deaf Dog Safe
There also many products available to help keep our deaf dogs safe. Some examples of products that will help you keep your deaf dog out of harms way or his way back home to you if he gets loose are:
- personalized vests, such as Doodie Packs.
- GPS collars devices, such as this one by Nuzzle
- and vibration collars for recall. NOTE: NEVER use a shock collar on any dog, but most especially on a deaf dog!
But on of the simplest and favorite products an “I’m Deaf” collar, leash or harness.
Some Benefits of a Deaf Dog Collars, Leashes & Harnesses
In the event that your deaf dog gets loose, an “I’m Deaf” collar lets neighbors, a vet’s office or a shelter know that your dog isn’t ignoring them; rather, he simply can’t hear them. It alerts these Good Samaritans to your deaf dog’s unique needs and allows them to better care for your deaf dog until the two of you are reunited.
A lost dog is a stressed dog, and stressed dogs often don’t want to be touched. Deaf dogs are frequently more touch sensitive than hearing dogs and, in my experience, this sensitivity is increased during times of stress and fear. Unlike a name tag or microchip that states that your dog is deaf, an “I’m Deaf” collar communicates important information from a distance and lets people know that they should get your deaf dog’s attention before approaching or touching him. This is a great way to prevent your dog from being startled when he’s already scared.
This post and about deaf dog safety tips and products
is sponsored by The French Dog Etsy shop.
Deaf Dog Collars, Leashes & Harnesses from The French Dog
A friend of mine and fellow animal advocate has been creating handcrafted, custom collars, leashes and harnesses for while now. She also makes some awesome bow ties for dogs!
After getting to know Edison and learning more about deaf dogs, she decided to start making “I’m Deaf” collars, leashes and harnesses. She also sent me a set for Edison to try.
You can find the collar and leash that Edison is wearing by visiting The French Dog Etsy shop. These collars and leashes can be personalized with a custom engraved metal buckle with your dog’s name on it or you can add a leather end to the collar.
While testing this leash and collar, I put Edison through the paces without a harness to get a good sense of the strength of the collar and leash. I pushed myself outside my comfort zone and took him on adventures in two parks fronting Biscayne Bay. I found the buckle secure, and the overall quality excellent. I didn’t once feel that Edison, my 92 pound and equally strong muse, was at risk of slipping out of the collar or breaking the leash.
That said, I do I think a well-fitting harness is an excellent safety product and I always use one. The French Dog also offers a matching harness. If you have any questions about measuring your dog or which size he or she might need, please know that The French Dog is available to answer your questions!
If you prefer a Martingale collar, The French Dog can make that happen too. Look here to see all the customization options that are available. The French Dog will soon be offering these “I’m Deaf” collars, leashes and harnesses in different colors and styles.
I’m hoping that an “I’m Deaf” bow tie is coming soon because, well, Edison totally needs one of those!
If you use coupon code Graffiti, you will save 15% off your purchase of a deaf dog collar, leash and/or harness! Just enter Graffiti when checking out and then wait for your hot delivery guy to drop off a handmade, unique collar, leash or harness that will help you keep your deaf dog safe.
TELL ME your favorite deaf dog safety techniques or products in a comment below!
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