Dog Training Tips : How Do I Train a Deaf Dog

Hi, I’m Ty Brown with
We’re here in Riverton, Utah today talking about how to train a dog. The topic for today’s
discussion is how to train a deaf dog. Now it’s very difficult but very important to
train a deaf dog. If you think about it, a deaf dog is living in a pretty scary and strange
world to him. He has a lot of stimulation going on and nobody’s there to help explain
what’s going on to him. And so it’s important that you as a trainer of a deaf dog understand
some key points that are going to help your dog navigate his way through a world that
can be somewhat scary. And so there’s several key things that you’re going to want to do
when training a deaf dog. The first thing you want to do is start out with a lot of
leash training. Now the leash is a great tool because it’s an effective communicator. A
lot of people start out by trying to not use the leash, but then they have no way to talk
to the dog, they have no way to communicate with the dog. The leash is a physical bond
that you can have with your dog that can help you explain the things that you want him to
do. Help him to sit, help him to come when called. The second thing you want to do as
you’re starting your, as you’re starting working with a deaf dog is to use that leash to accompany
it with some hand signals. Now dogs because they can’t hear you need some way to understand
what you’re saying. You’re going to need to use a hand signal. And people will often use
this for sit, this for down, this for come, this for stay, this for no. And every time
you do a hand signal accompanying it with something on the leash, for example, if I
wanted the dog to sit, I would do an upward tug in the air as I gave the sit command.
If I wanted the dog to lie down on command, I would use a downward hand signal as I accompany
that with some leash work so that it makes sense to the dog what I’m trying to tell him.
Lie down. Good boy, stay. And in doing that, the dog associates a physical act with the
hand signal. And with enough repetition, the dog is going to start to associate the two
together and you can simply give the hand signal and move away from the leash. The other
thing you’re going to want to use a lot of when training a deaf dog is treats. Treats
are a great tool for a motivator, but they’re also a great physical connection again between
you and your dog that you have that you can use to communicate the ideas that you, and
the commands that you want your dog to do. And so by using leash training, by using hand
signals and by using treats, you can effectively train a deaf dog.

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15 Responses

  1. Stephanie Henson says:

    Thanks for the helpful info. I am about to adopt a deaf pitbull puppy and I was curious about the techniques necessary to keep him safe.

  2. bestamerica says:

    thank for closed captioned on video

  3. Art, Origami, Altered Barbies says:

    I like the idea of using American Sign Language with Deaf Dogs. A lot more can be communicated with ASL.

  4. RococoRissa says:

    While owners of deaf dogs need to take safety into consideration, dogs aren't necessarily scared by the stimuli around them. Dogs that are deaf from birth have no idea what they're "missing". It is no more difficult to train a deaf dog than a hearing dog. Both types of dogs take the same time and commitment, the difference lies in the mode of communication.

  5. NYHCMONSTER says:

    is there a way for me to train my 13 year old deaf dog just to play? i just adopted her and im pretty sure she is deaf, she responds only if i yell or if i have loud music and she is not playful at all, im starting to think that she might be depress if thats possible for her. can anyone help please?

  6. oneeyedhusky says:

    For leash training a deaf dog does it make a difference whether you use a harness or collar with the leash? Also my dog was abused and so she reacts very badly to negative hand signals, how would you recommend working around that?

  7. Edna Wools says:

    You have got to listen to this, I got a new puppy the other month and didn't want to spend a fortune on taking him to puppy training classes etc, so after looking online for a while i found which is a really good online, step by step dog training program . so glad i found the site

  8. Jean Wools says:

    Yes !, If you're looking to improve your dogs behaviour and get them properly trained then go to and follow their step by step program!. Such a great website and videos !!

  9. eddith wilber says:

    Hey could you give me some advisement, book recommendation or something, i'm starting and I give treats to kendra when she look into my eyes, and now she follow my finger also using a treat. but i have no idea of how introduce hand signals to certain behaviors.
    Now when I have her food evrerytime she offers to me a desireble behavior i gave her a treat, but what's next.

    8..) i't feels so special when she search my eyes

  10. Cass Winchester says:

    this really help my dog is a 6 year old Maltese that lost his hearing when he was attacked by a coyote

  11. Eve Barrett says:

    Great clip!
    I'll give you some great ideas, tricks, and instruction that will help you turn your dog into the best behaved, most joyful, jogging, bouncing, slipper-fetching best pal you always wanted

  12. Adiraja Cholwell says:

    It's completely troublesome when your puppy keeps jumping up on people.

  13. Kelly1999 says:

    I rescued my dog he is an Australian Cattle Dog Jack Russell mix and born deaf we rescued him when he was only 13 weeks old now he is 2 years old, and training has been hard but this video has really given me an idea on how to train a deaf dog thank you!! 🙂

  14. hbob75 says:

    I have a sixteen week old Australian Shepard who is extremely hard of hearing. He’s being a holy terror. He’s destroyed a lamp, and chews on everything and digs out all of mine and my wife’s clothes. I bear in mind that he’s teething, and barks relentlessly, and chases our two year old miniature schnoodle who wants nothing to do with him. I reward him with good behavior with treats but when I try to correct an issue he thinks I’m trying to play with him. He hates leashes, and tries to slip out of his collar when a leash is applied. I’m at a loss and at my wits end. I feel like I’m in over my head. Also, I take him outside to do his business, which he does, then I bring him back in and not five minutes later, he’s peeing on my floor. Which I stay out with him a good ten minutes. I just don’t know what to do. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks!

  15. Lindsay Miller says:

    I need help I have a deaf dog and he barks uncontrollably all day all night all the time I can't get him to stop I do not have money for a trainer me and my family just use hand gestures since the three years we've had him to communicate with him my neighbors are angry and I have had the police called because he will not stop barking his bark is even loud inside my house while we are gone you can hear it far away please I need help how do I get him to stop barking all the time

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