The Critical Mistake You Might Be Making While Training Your Deaf Dog

IMG_1352I like to give advice about training deaf dogs as there isn't much out there. We wrote previously about what you should start with when you're training a deaf dog, but now I want to touch on something I see many people doing wrong! It's something they don't even think about, but it's a critical mistake that's easy to fix.

Don't be quiet!!

Your dog can't hear, but you still NEED to speak!! Speaking and moving your mouth and body is CRUCIAL! Giving signs is obviously important, but giving a thumbs up with a straight face means a lot less to your dog than seeing a thumbs up with a big ol' smile on your face!

Our body language is not natural if we don't speak. We are stiff and awkward and your dog will pick up on that.

Never stop talking to your deaf dog, ever. Even if you aren't giving commands and you're just sitting around watching tv, if they're close enough they can feel vibrations of you speaking.

When training Keller, I always speak to her. Sure, she can do her commands just by me giving the sign, but I can always tell she's less interested if I'm silent. I've actually noticed Keller pick up on some
commands by just watching my lips. Sit being the main example as it's a short word and your mouth will always move the same in saying it.

It's amazing what a dog can do. Just remember to never stop speaking!

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Positively Expert: Amanda Fuller

Amanda, with her dog Keller, are deaf dog advocates, doing everything they can to remove the stigma around owning special need pets. Do you know what a double merle is? Amanda can tell you.


3 thoughts on “The Critical Mistake You Might Be Making While Training Your Deaf Dog

  1. Sherri LeBel-Kruy

    Amanda does amazing work with Keller. I have been following them ever since I saw Keller in the Modern Dog Magazine Contest. Keller took second place. But, for those who have come to know and love her, She is first place in our hearts.

  2. Vicki Martin

    My husband found this out the hard way. He had a terrible time getting our deaf girl to respond. As soon as he started talking to her, it went so much better.

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