Dog training is both fun and challenging, however, it is never the same for any dog. Each of them has their own personality, needs, and traits. In addition, some dogs require a more specialized way of communicating with them.
Not all dogs are lucky enough to have a happy past. Some were neglected or abandoned, with their health not properly cared for. There are also some dogs with inborn disabilities such as blindness or deaf. But despite these, dogs are still known to keep their happy spirit and are always eager to learn more everyday.
If you have a deaf dog that you would like to train, here are some important things to remember, as reported by Dogster.
1. Socialize and desensitizeLila’s current pet parent was her second family, so she had no control over what had happened in Lila’s younger years. If you get a deaf dog as a puppy or younger dog, be sure to socialize your dog just as you would any other, but also work on desensitizing your dog to being startled, which was one of Lila’s biggest issues.
2. Get a sign language book or decide what hand signals to useJust like with humans who can’t hear, dogs who can’t hear need you to communicate with them in a different way, so talking isn’t going to work.
3. Make sure your yard is fenced in or you can be with your dog on a leash at all timesThis is important for all pet parents and dogs, but especially so with deaf dogs. If your dog takes off, you can’t just call him back.
4. Consider a vibrating collar (NOT an electronic or shock collar)While it’s definitely not a necessity, many people with deaf dogs use a vibrating collar for off-leash activities or just as a general way to get their dog’s attention.
5. Be ready to put in the workTraining any dog takes time and commitment, but training a deaf dog takes a little bit more. Besides the hand signals, you won’t be able to sit back and tell your dog what to do from across the room (or from another room).
Just remember to keep these things in mind and always be kind and patient. In no time, you’ll see your dog happy, healthy, and well-trained!