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Deaf rescue dog seeks loving new home

Dogs Trust Darlington seek home for dog with hearing impairment

Canine Carers at Dogs Trust Darlington are looking for a new home for two-year-old Norris, a sweet-natured English Bull Terrier cross, who also happens to be deaf.

Dogs with hearing impairments rely more heavily on touch, smell and vibrations in order to adjust to their surroundings, so it is important Norris finds his special someone soon, as he needs a loving family who can spend time settling him into their new home.

Loveable Norris is a playful soul who loves attention and lots of cuddles. As he is a relatively new resident to Dogs Trust Darlington, the team hope to find him a suitable family quickly, so the transition into his new home is as seamless as possible.

Sharon Boult, Training and Behaviour Advisor for Dogs Trust Darlington, said:

“Norris is a gorgeous dog who has lots of energy, so we would love to rehome him with a family who has experience of caring for bull breeds, especially those who have cared for deaf dogs before.

“Sometimes potential owners can be put off by dogs with hearing impairments but they shouldn’t be. When training deaf dogs, we use the same hand signals used to guide hearing dogs.

“The main difference is we have to be a bit more inventive when it comes to gaining their attention but by using rewards based methods, it is perfectly possible to train a deaf dog to respond to numerous commands. We really hope that Norris will not be overlooked just because he is deaf, as he is such a super little character who will make a very rewarding pet in the right home.”

Norris would be ideally suited to a family who have experience of training a dog with hearing impairments or are willing to make adjustments to their training techniques. He would prefer an adult only home and would benefit from a large, secure garden, with lots of room to explore.

If you’re interested in finding out more information about Norris, contact Dogs Trust Darlington on 0300 303 0292.