Training Deaf Dogs

Cover of book about training a deaf puppyWhen I came across Hear, Hear! A Guide to Training a Deaf Puppy, by Barry Eaton, in a local library, I couldn’t resist reading it, even though I have never had a deaf dog and don’t know any. The only thing I knew about training deaf dogs was that some people use flashlights instead of clickers to train them.

At 64 pages, Hear, Hear! is a quick read… and a very useful reference if you need it. I had no idea that many times deaf puppies are euthanized, because people think the puppies will not be trainable or that their quality of life will be too low. Eaton makes short shrift of such claims.

Eaton and his family acquired Lady, a Border Collie, who was born deaf, and as the photos in the book show, he trained her to do a number of things. I was pleased to see that he used positive methods. He has advised other owners of deaf dogs, and this book grew out of that.

He says you’ll need lots of patience but the rewards are great.

Topics include socialization, communication, getting the deaf dog’s attention, praise and reprimand, thoughts about training, specifics of how to train (sit, down, stand, getting your deaf puppy to come back to you, heel, stay), unwanted behavior, and more.

HEAR, HEAR! A GUIDE TO TRAINING A DEAF PUPPY is available at Dogwise.

Living with a Deaf Dog, book coverWhile I was at Dogwise checking on Hear, Hear, I found another book on deaf dogs LIVING WITH A DEAF DOG seems to cover similar ground (perhaps more comprehensively) — I find I can always learn more from reading a second book on a topic. This was written by someone who had a deaf Boston Terrier. Clicking on the title or the image will again take you to Dogwise. The book includes a list of hand signals to use.

Also, as ever, the internet itself is a fabulous resource.

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2 Responses to “Training Deaf Dogs”

  1. Rosana Hart says:

    Thanks, Blanche! It’s been some time since I researched deaf dogs, maybe time to do some more…

  2. Blanche says:

    I’ve become VERY careful about many of the books/resources around training deaf dogs as far too many think training with a shock collar is just fine. Even the vibration collars have their issues. While I found “Living with Deaf Dogs” had some useful information, the author also spent too much time talking about dominance and pack leadership and the use of some aversive techniques for me to feel comfortable recommending the book.

    I hope to read “hear hear” as well.