Deafness in your dog does not preclude him from being trained using proven
deaf dog training commands. Your dog is still intelligent with the ability to
process commands even though he can’t hear them. Deaf dog training requires different techniques but the benefits
he will receive will be the same as a hearing dog. His relationship with you will be improved, and he will enjoy a
superior quality of life.
The key to training a deaf dog is to begin with a basic command such as the
sit command. Hold your bent arm at a ninety degree angle with your hand open and the palm facing upwards. Now,
slowly raise your hand to shoulder level with the palm still facing upwards. This will represent the sit
Using your other hand, the next step is to hold an appetizing treat close to your
dog’s nose and mouth. At the same time, give the command to sit, making sure that your dog can still smell the
treat. You should then switch the treat to the hand giving the sit command and slowly lift the treat upwards and
out of his reach. This action will usually make your dog sit by instinct.
When he sits, lavish praise on your dog. You can let him eat the treat, ensuring
that he is in the sitting position. It is likely that you will need to repeat this deaf dog training process many
times over several days before he masters it. When he begins to sit at your command, make sure you pet him and give
him a treat. These positive reinforcements will motivate him to master the command and please you.
The down signal for a deaf dog is similar to the sit command. Your dog should
already be in the sit position, then you should bend your elbow at a ninety degree angle. Your hand should be open
but, for this command, your palm should be facing downward. Hold a treat close to your dog’s nose using your other
Then, you should slowly lower your hand, with the palm side facing down, until
your arm is fully extended. The hand holding the treat should then be lowered to the floor, at which time your dog
should get down on all fours. Once he has completed this task, you should reward him by giving him the treat along
with lots of love and praise.
Similar to the sit command, the down command will need to be practiced several
times before it becomes second nature to your dog. Don’t forget that treats and praise are important incentives in
deaf dog training as your dog can’t hear the pleased tone in your voice.
Having an obedient and well-trained dog is essential to your family life and to
your dog’s well-being. Although it can be challenging to have a deaf dog, it is not his fault. You will need to
make changes in your life in order to make a loving and comfortable home for him.
Your deaf dog training can also include commands such as heel and come. He will
need extra time with you and you will need to muster plenty of patience but the benefits are well worth the