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> Deaf Dogs, Has anyone taken on a deaf dog and if so how did start training?
rmykapa
post 24th Mar 2012, 10:31 pm
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I have been considering getting a third dog, my two are both around 10 yrs old and I thought it might be better to introduce a third before they get to old to enjoy a new friend. I have seen a 6mth deaf girlie on line and it started me thinking... how would you start to train a deaf pup, so I wondered if any dp folk had any experience with this.
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post 28th Mar 2012, 12:30 pm
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Look on line for article I think it is by Barry Eaton, might be wrong!. We teach dogs in class with hand signals, thumbs up is linked with food so they learn that it means "That's right"! Sometimes a torch will be used in place of a clicker. Gently vibrating collars can help in early stages of training to get dog's attention, they are expensive though.
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post 28th Mar 2012, 4:06 pm
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Thanks for your reply, I will go google!
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post 28th Mar 2012, 8:27 pm
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Theres a good little book called 'Hear Hear' by Barry Eaton, which explains all the basics.

When we bought Betty our 1st bullie at 8 wks old, we didn't even know she was deaf.
So we hadn't done any homework before hand, but its all common sense really.

You make up hand signals as you go along, which come natural to you.

I think the main signal is 'watch me', i taught this by having a treat in my thumb and forefinger and holding it up to my eyes.
You can then start to just point without a treat once the dog gets the idea.

I have also trained with a little flashlight, which i use like a clicker.

If you have any questions, don't be afraid to ask. i will try my best to answer them wink.gif

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post 28th Mar 2012, 10:25 pm
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Thankyou! that's very kind of you flowers.gif I didn't realise that Betty was deaf. I shall have a look at Hear Hear.
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post 30th Mar 2012, 3:15 pm
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Deaf Dog Network is an organisation set up to support deaf dogs and their owners. (You can find contacts through Google). I am currently fostering a deaf collie and use hand signals etc. He relies on my own dog quite a bit for clues as well. I wouldn't hesitate taking on a deafie.....it even has its bonuses!
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post 2nd Apr 2012, 4:26 pm
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Thanks for your reply too, will check it out.
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