Raising deaf dogs: how it works

Deaf dogs must respond to their owners at least as well as dogs with intact hearing. It is therefore important to educate your four-legged friend using sign language as early as possible. Deaf dogs can be trained very well with sign language. - Image: Shutterstock / MANDY GODBEHEAR

Is your dog deaf from birth or does it just get more hearing impaired with age? Or have you taken in a deaf dog from the shelter and are you now facing the challenge of raising him? Even if the training may require a little more stamina than in dogs with intact hearing: the effort is worthwhile in every dog ​​age.

Raising deaf dogs: strengthening relationships

When teaching dogs, the basic rule is: your four-legged friend must trust you. This applies even more to deaf dogs. Because if they don't care what you do, it won't be easy to educate them. After all, you cannot request attention through acoustic stimuli.

If you want to raise deaf dogs, you must first manage to attract the attention of your four-legged friends. Because if the dog looks at you, you can use sign language to communicate with him. This will be a lot easier if you have a close bond with your four-legged friend. Spend a lot of cuddling and playing time with him and praise him again and again. This will strengthen your friendship between humans and dogs and the animal will pay more attention to you - a good basis to start training.

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Tips for everyday commands

To summon a deaf dog, stretch your right arm forward and then back to your body in a sweeping gesture. It helps if you take a few steps backwards yourself.

For the "seat" command, show your dog the raised right index finger and at the same time exert a slight pressure on his rear to encourage him to sit down. If he is "seated", you can easily teach him "space" from this position. To do this, bend your knees and bring your right flat hand palm down towards the floor. With your left hand, you can gently pull on the front legs to make your dog clear in which direction to move. However, it is very important that you draw your attention to your right hand - after all, he should link the language of your fingers with the corresponding position.

Don't forget the reward

As with the training of verbal commands, the same applies to sign language: reward your dog with a petting unit, a treat or a toy if he has done the exercise well.

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