Deaf Dog Training – Expert Training Tips and Techniques
How To Train A Deaf Dog:
There are many things which can be done with your deaf dog. You may want to train him to do something useful like fetching a ball or retrieving a toy from the floor. Or you may want to train him to perform some trick or game.
There are several ways in which you can do it. One way is to use a clicker. Another method is to give verbal commands. But there are other methods too.
The first thing you need to decide whether you would like your deaf dog to learn by doing or learning through teaching. If you want your deaf dog to learn by doing then the best way of doing it is using a harness, leash and treat dispenser. That’s because these items will make sure that your dog learns by doing.
If you want your deaf dog to learn through teaching then the best way of doing it is using a clicker. Clickers are devices which will make sure that your dog learns through teaching. Some trainers prefer to use treats instead of clicking their dogs, but this is not necessary if you have a good trainer who uses them properly.
Each method has its own advantages and it is up to you which one you want to use.
How To Get A Deaf Dogs Attention
If you have a hearing dog, you can get his attention by simply calling his name or by snapping your fingers. But if your dog is deaf then you will need to come up with different ways of getting his attention. In fact, you will need a number of different ways of getting his attention.
There are many ways of getting a deaf dog’s attention. Some people use squirts from a spray bottle, some people shake a bag of biscuits, other throw their keys on the floor, and many others use different methods. If you are planning on getting a deaf dog then it might be a good idea to get him used to the methods which you plan on using to get his attention.
This will help him to get used to the new environment he is in and it will also make things much easier for you as well.
How To House Train A Deaf Dog
Housetraining a deaf dog is exactly the same as housetraining any other dog. The only difference is that you need to be extra careful, more observant and you need to take special precautions.
The first thing to remember is that the floor is not always steady. Things such as rugs, carpets, newspaper, tiles and hardwood floors can all shift slightly and cause vibrations. In most cases you are not aware of these vibrations but your deaf dog will definitely feel them.
This can cause a great deal of confusion for your pet.
The best way to avoid this is to confine him to an area where the vibrations from the floor are less likely to be felt. If you have wood or tiled floors then it would be a good idea to place some rugs, carpets or newspapers down first. If you have a soft floor such as a carpet then you could place the dog on a hard surface such as a tile floor instead.
Most deaf dogs will also be incontinent for the first few days or weeks after getting them. This is a highly stressful period for the dog and it is where most owners give up on their dogs. It is important to remember that this is completely normal and it will get better with time.
Never scold or hit your dog during this period. This will only make things worse and will damage your relationship with your pet. Most deaf dogs will only last a week or two before they eventually get things under control.
Other dogs may take a month or two, and a few especially stubborn ones may take up to six months. Patience is the key here.
House training a deaf dog is not as difficult as many people think. Most of the time it ends up being the owners fault for expecting too much from their pet. It is important for you to remember that just because they cannot hear you scold them, it does not mean that they are oblivious to your anger.
Your emotions will still be felt by the dog and chances are that the dog will be able to sense when you are angry even if they do not know why. Be patient with your new pet and take things slowly. With time, your dog will learn what is and is not acceptable behavior.
How To Groom A Deaf Dog
Grooming a deaf dog is a lot easier than grooming a hearing dog. You will not have to go through the stress and frustration of constantly telling the dog to keep still or shushing them during the entire grooming process.
Deaf dogs can be groomed in the same manner as hearing dogs but you will need to take some extra steps to ensure that you are communicating what it is that you want them to do. The best way to do this is with touch rather than with words. If you want to tell your dog to move from one side to the other then you should use your hands to gently but firmly push them over rather than shouting at them.
If you need to trim their nails then it is best to get down to their level and gently take their foot in your hand, stroking and reassuring them before you proceed with the trimming.
You will also need to take extra care of your deaf dog when they are not feeling well. If they are sick or injured then you will need to take special care when moving them, as even a small movement can be painful or cause distress. Whenever you need to move your dog, it is best to put both of your hands on the dog and slowly guide them into the position that you want them in.
If you are picking up your dog then it is best if you support their body and gently lift with your legs rather than just bending over and grabbing them awkwardly.
My Dog Is An Individual
Your deaf dog is an individual and as such they will all have different personalities. Some deaf dogs will be very well adjusted and hardly show any behavioral differences from hearing dogs, while others will have distinct behavioral issues that need to be dealt with on a case by case basis. It is important to remember that there is no such thing as a behavior issue, just a behavior that the owner needs to correct.
Sources & references used in this article:
Living with a deaf dog by SC Becker – 2017 – books.google.com
Olfactory detection of human bladder cancer by dogs: proof of principle study by CM Willis, SM Church, CM Guest, WA Cook… – Bmj, 2004 – bmj.com
Overview on Deaf-Blindness. by B Miles – DB-LINK, 1995 – ERIC