The last week of September is Deaf Dog Awareness week. If you’ve ever had a deaf dog or a dog with hearing loss, you know that it takes a little extra care to communicate with these special dogs, but once you do, you’ll have a faithful friend for life.
The main difference between deaf dogs and dogs that can hear, is how you communicate with them. Because they can’t hear, deaf dogs are reliant on visual cues, and this is where hand signals come in.
Positive reinforcement is the way to go when teaching your deaf pup new command signals. Make sure you reward your dog handsomely when training – it’s amazing how fast they’ll catch on when motivated by hot dogs or some other tasty morsels.