Training Tips For Working With Deaf Dogs

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If you have a deaf dog, you might be at a loss when it comes to basic training. Fortunately, training a deaf dog is very similar to training a dog that can hear. Instead of using verbal cues, you use hand signals and body language. When it comes to training your deaf dog, there are a few tricks to make the process easier and safer for you and your dog.

Tools You Can Use

Since you cannot call your dog’s name, you have to get its attention in another way. Some people use flashlights, while others stomp on the floor. No matter what you do, you need to be consistent. Just like you wouldn’t call your dog by another name and expect him to respond, you need to make sure you do the same thing to get your deaf dog attention. You are, in effect, calling your dog’s name.

A good way to get your dog’s attention is to use a vibrating collar. These collars have a small piece on them that vibrates when you push a button on a remote. The small vibration gets the dog’s attention, and you can train your dog to pay attention to you when he feels the vibration. You can do this by rewarding your dog when he looks your way (or comes to you).

Whether your dog is deaf or not, treats are one of the most important tools to train your dog. Whenever your dog does something that you want him to do, reward him. This can be with praise and/or with treats. Since your dog cannot hear verbal praise, treats will be your most effective reward until your dog learns the hand signals for “good” or “good dog.” In fact, many people incorporate a variety of hand signals from sign language to indicate things like a walk, a car ride, a toy, etc.

Keep It Safe

Because you cannot recall your dog quickly when he’s deaf, you will want to keep your dog leashed in unfenced areas. He can’t hear you, and he can’t hear traffic. It’s best to either keep your dog confined or on a leash at all times.Training your deaf dog takes a little time and effort, but that’s the case with all Deaf Dogs