Hello I am adopting a sweet female, 2 yr old deaf dog. I plan on doing training and have some experience with basic obedience with dogs that can hear. Just looking for some tips or advice from people who may have experience with deaf dogs. Thanks so much!
I do not hhave any personal experience with training deaf dogs. But, I did want to take a moment to say, bless you for giving her a home. So many people dont want to take the time for a special needs pet, they have visions of the perfect puppy in their mind and a one eyed, blind, or deaf animal is usually passed by.
I have never adopted a deaf dog ,but I do have experience with having a dog lose its hearing as it got older. You will need to take the dog outside on a leash even in a fenced yard until the dog is used to hand signals and will come dependably when recalled. It is very important that everyone who comes in contact with your dog be aware that it is deaf and can be easily startled if someone touches her from behind or the side. Also a sleeping deaf dog should be made aware of a persons persence by stomping on the floor so the vibrations are felt and wake the dog up.My family has happily co -existed with several old blind and deaf dogs thru the years.
Do a google search for "deaf dog groups". There is an excellent group (quite large I believe) dedicated to deaf dogs and their care. There are other groups dedicated to other special needs dogs, e.g. blind, diabetic, etc. Good luck and bless you for giving her a home.
There is a dog that frequents the dog park I go to that is deaf. The owner trained the dog using an electronic collar, using the vibrate, not shock, button. The dog was a very happy, balanced, and obedient dog. If you haven't already, seek out a trainer who is experienced with deaf dogs. Good Luck!