Deafness in dogs represents an additional educational challenge. The animal must adapt to its handicap and us too, but he will learn as well as the others. It is his security because, deprived of his hearing, he can put himself in danger. With a method respectful and a few tools, everything becomes possible!
Encourage good behavior in a deaf dog
Deaf from birth, illness or old age, the dog has a tremendous capacity foradaptation. The owner is generally more worried about this change than his hairball. In fact, the methods remain identical that with an animal without a disability, the only difference lies in the means to be implemented: we will not repeat words, but gestures. Rewarding good behavior will help build a relationship of trust and will help your pooch learn faster in a caring atmosphere.
Tools to educate your deaf dog
To educate a deaf dog, the animal must necessarily looked his master to know which order to execute. It will thus be necessary to find a solution to attract his attention before going further in the training. For this, a few tools are at our disposal.
- The to touch. At first, you can gently touch it on the side of the head. Always approach your dog from the front and only when he is awake so as not to surprise him and trigger a reaction by fear or irritation. When he looks into yours, reward him. Little by little, he will understand that when you are in touch, he must look at you because an order will follow;
- The vibrating necklace. This tool – not to be confused with the electric collar – allows you to create a remote connection with your dog. The object just emits a slight vibration painless and adjustable, which must be accompanied by a reward (vibration = treat). You will renew this association several times at home before testing it at theoutside because the vibrating collar will be very useful to you during the walks;
- A lamp of pocket. Turn the light on and off until your dog understands that this is a signal to get his attention. Remember the reward when he looks at you;
- A luminous clicker. Instead of making noise, the object diffuses a soft light or a flicker (avoid the laser which dazzles the sight). The clicker is used to congratulate your dog as soon as he has performed the action you expected of him;
- The loin. This long leash is intended to secure the walk. A length of at least 10 meters is recommended. Ideally 20 meters, even if it means shortening it when you need less.
Choose a sign for your deaf dog
The education of a dog with deafness lies in gestures and visual signals. These must be precise and simple to understand for the dog, logical and easy for us to remember, so as not to forget them when we give an order. This will also allow them to be transmitted to a person who may be required to take care of the animal (pet-sitter, veterinarian, etc.). differentiate clearly from each other so as not to confuse the doggie. While it is instinctive for humans to speak, do not prevent yourself from using your voice even if your companion cannot hear it. A few examples signs for a deaf dog:
- The Congratulations: thumb up ;
- The disapproval: if you went with the thumbs up as a congratulation, the thumbs down could mean the opposite;
- The “sitting down”: Finger going from the nose of the dog upwards;
- The “layer”: Flat hand going from the nose to the ground;
- The “stop”: Straight back, arm placed perpendicular to the body with an outstretched hand, palm open towards the dog;
- The reminder : Crouching or kneeling, arms open or hands patting the ground or legs, greet your dog with a broad smile.
Teaching a deaf dog the commands
To teach a deaf dog the commands, it suffices to follow the methods applied for a dog not suffering from this handicap and to replace the verbal command by the gesture that you have chosen. To do this, you will guide your doggie to sit, lie down, stop, come back, using a motivation (treat).
- Example for the “sitting”: take a treat in your hand and move the finger of the nose upwards: your dog will naturally raise his head to look at him. If he doesn’t react, put your other hand on his rump, squeeze lightly so that he sits down. As soon as it does, raise your thumb to success and immediately offer him the indulgence.
The reward, the key to success
The best way to educate a deaf dog is to quickly offer him his reward after a sign of success. Little by little, you will space out then will remove delicacies and replace them with heartfelt congratulations expressed by caresses galore. feel free to externalize more your emotions: your companion will be even more motivated!