Training a deaf dog

Posted by krista-kriz
Aug 30, 2013
The newest member of our canine family is a deaf Boston Terrier. She has been trained with hand signals to sit, lay down etc. but when it comes to calming her down and keeping her from jumping on guests it is a real problem that she can't hear things like "no."

What is the best way to deal with this situation and are there any good resources specifically for training the deaf dog?
Posted by Preethi KOP
Aug 31, 2013
Hi Krista,

Thank you for writing in to us about your problem!

I would recommend training her to respond to a hand gesture that tells her 'NO'. As long as your are consistent with it and firm and assertive when using it, she should pick it up quickly. Use lots of treats and pet her lots when she does it right to get her motivated to obey it. Your other options are to: a) Have a water pistol to use on her when she jumps on guests b) Have a lead rope attached to her when guests arrive and yank on it when she is being naughty to get her under control, then give her the command sit/lay down. With the latter method, it would be great to have a friend drop by relatively frequently initially to get your point across to her. Once she sits/ lays down give her lots of positive attention.

I hope this helps you. Good luck! Do keep us informed on her progress.

Kind regards,