with a disability may seem considerably hard to the
average person. Some may even think that life ends there.
What if we could find a way to live with it just by
using one of our senses? We find ways everyday to deal
with disabilities and increase quality of life. Just
take for example the case of a deaf dog. How a dog is
able to follow orders correctly through hand signals
and body language. We can use the dogs other senses
such as sight to train him. There is obviously a difference
in training a hearing dog versus a deaf one. If you
know the basic training method for a deaf dog, you can
take into account the use of visual hand signals. Know
the alternative method for getting your dog's attention
and find a way to substitute verbal praise and you will
realize that if there is a will there is always a way.
The basic rule in training a deaf dog is no different
from training a hearing dog. You reward the good or
positive behavior and punish the bad or negative behavior.
Keep in mind, there is no “best way” to train a deaf
dog, it largely depends on the dog and the trainer.
The most important aspect of training a deaf dog is
consistency. This is where the success of your training
basically will lie. Commitment and patience must also
be evaluated for you to know whether or not you will
be able to finish the whole duration of training. The
focus of this training is based mostly on the visual
and body language rather than verbal commands.
The use of hand signals or body language can
be easily learned by most dogs. There are things you
will need to always keep in mind regarding this type
of training. First, you must always be consistent to
avoid confusion for the dog, you must be clear, you
must be visible from a distance, and lastly you should
distinguish each signal from one another. Attention
and distraction are the two most difficult factors you
will be up against in training a deaf dog. The most
difficult part of training a deaf dog is keeping the
dog's attention and focus on you. Remember he relies
on his vision to get your command and sometimes it is
difficult to relay a message through facial expressions
and body language. There are a lot of ways in which
to attract the attention of your deaf dog. One of them
being the use of food as a reward. You may also use
an object such as a toy to attract his attention. Since
a deaf dog's attention cannot be regained easily, try
to eliminate distractions as much as possible. Consider
finding ways to substitute verbal praise and commands
in conveying your message to your dog.
The challenge of finding a substitute for verbal
praise and feedback for your deaf dog can be difficult
if you have not evaluated your dog correctly. The evaluation
will be your guide in which you learn what facial expressions
or body language to use in representing a command for
the dog that they easily understand. The first thing
you need to do in order for your dog to carry out the
command is to establish a signal that will be easily
recognized by your dog. He needs to understand that
he is doing it correctly. This will make it much easier
for you to relay other things that you want him to do.
Just make sure to take things one step at a time and
be consistent. Constantly practice the command with
him so he gets familiar.
Training a deaf dog requires a lot of patience
and commitment. If you give fifty percent patience in
training hearing dogs you have to double it for deaf
dogs. Commitment should be your number one tool in making
this work and for not quitting or loosing hope. It takes
much more time and effort to train a dog with a disability,
but just hang in there and your patience will allow
you to be able to achieve your goal. Just believe in
yourself and in your dog that you will be able to master
all the commands. The reward of fulfillment is much
bigger and cannot be replaced by anything of value.
At last, your hard work has paid off.
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