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Old 01-11-2013, 01:25 PM
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Training a deaf dog

Daisy had a hearing test done this morning by the local vets and we've found out she's failed it, which explains a lot really as she struggles with commands and doesn't bother with loud or sudden noises. She can hear things that are very near, such as someone stood right next to her but can't hear things a bit further away. She can't hear her name being called from the other end of a regular leash. She can do some hand signals when looking at me such as sit and lie down. but how do I go about training her for stuff such as recall or other commands for offlead. The vet just gave us a leaflet explaining deafness and a number of someone who specialises in deaf dogs but there not local and charging over 70 for not even a hours session. She was meant to have the test done quite a bit ago but the vets didn't have anyone who could do it at the time.
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I have never had a deaf dog, but a friend of me who is deaf taught her dog all hand signals. Recall was tougher, since they can't hear you should always keep them leashed IMO. In the house you stomp the floor and they will feel the vibration and when they come treat and praise. Maybe make two stomps mean comes, one stomp something other.

I am sure you will get some better advice here, just thought I'd offer my opinion.

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One of my uncles has a deaf golden retriever and was still able to train her with clicker trainer. Obviously, it wasn't with a noise clicker as that would just be pointless. Instead, they work with hand signals and then they have a signal that means well done. He has the hand signals for basic obedience and when she does the command his signal that is like the click is placing his hand on his chest. You can definitely look into that. As for recall, you can still work on recall but your dog may never be able to be off leash permanently.

For his recall, he has a vibrating collar, (not a shocking one) that he gives her a vibrate to get her attention and then signals her. They use a lot of sign language with her, it's almost like she isn't deaf.

You can use stomping, I've seen some people use a flashlight as signaling too, but I probably wouldn't use one, I wouldn't want something bright shining in my eyes.
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The collar sounds like a good idea. She needs to be offlead even if its just in the field as she's a dalmation(possibly crossed with whippet). We taught her hand signals when she was younger but she can only do them when she's close. I only found out today but had though for a bit that someone wasn't quite right but thought it was just down to being a terrible teenager! As she seemed fine when she was very young. She can still here slightly if your near enough to touch her. Our vets only advice was send her to a new home with someone with experience of deaf dogs. During the winter we had to walk with flashlights and she would come running back if the light got switched off so that would probly work only when its dark.
Also she scared of walking in the open, she always try's to walk between me and a wall and panics if she can't get to the wall, could this be down to her hearing loss or some other issue?
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As she still has slight hearing would a high pitch whistle work, would she be able to hear the pitch. We haven't got a whistle yet but was just wondering
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http://www.dogforum.com/dog-training...w-train-27041/ This recent thread might help.
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I have a deaf dog who is fully deaf and has been since birth. We use LED lights instead of a clicker, a flash light or vibrating collar for recall and taught him that at night the porch light going on and off was also a recall very easy to train all of these things with just a few simple tools.
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Dogs actually pick up hand signals faster than word cues. Dogs aren't vocal animals ... they use and understand body language in their everyday life. Your only problem will be coming up with a way to get her attention and several useful suggestions have already been made.

I've had 2 dogs that became deaf in old age and one also became blind.
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We've got a vibrating collar on order now and we use the flashlight at night as she comes back if the light goes off. The other thread had some useful help and going to have a proper look at the web links later. Wish the vets had done the proper hearing test earlier when she was quite little so we could have trained her accordingly. We had her off lead in the park yesterday and noticed she will copy whatever another dog is doing so when we called another dog to us she followed him ,so that could help a bit. I explained her situation to the other owners and they said shed be fine to play as they would help get her if need be.
Is there a way to get them used to the vibrations as she's scared of sudden noise or movement near her. She goes nuts if my phone vibrates near her.
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I would not recommend off leash in an unsecured area, at least at this point in her training. You can use positive reinforcement to introduce her to the collar, ie show it to her, treat, (repeat as necessary), put it on her, treat (""), low vibration, TREAT (""). If you are not familiar with calming signals take a look at that sticky post now so you can id when she is dispaying mild stress symptoms--if she is you went too far but still good to know....
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