How to Train a Deaf Dog

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Training a deaf dog is not impossible. In this article you'll learn a simple way to teach your dog any basic obedience command. Since your dog cannot hear the command you need to teach your dog hand signals--but, that requires getting his attention.

Things You'll Need

  • Treats
  • Bean bag

How to Train a Deaf Dog

  • Attention is the foundation for all dog training. When you have your dog's attention you can get your dog to do any command. With a deaf dog we can't vocally get your dog's attention so we have to use touch.

  • Make sure you are close to your dog. Take a small, light bean bag and toss it towards your dog. When the bag touches your dog make sure you immediately get your dog's attention. As soon as your dog looks at you quickly reward your dog with a treat.

  • Repeat this over and over. You want your dog to look at you if the bean bag touches or lands near your dog.

  • As soon as your dog looks at you, you can start to teach your dog obedience by using hand signals.

Tips & Warnings

  • Start training with your dog on leash.
  • Use tasty treats to reward your dog.
  • Have everyone in the family help.
  • Keep your dog on a long line when you go to new places.

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