One would think a dog that couldn't hear wouldn't be as apt to vocalize as much as a hearing dog. Unfortunately, this is not necessarily true! Dogs that are deaf may bark for a number of reasons, some the same as hearing dogs, some because of their hearing impairment. A deaf dog may bark out of increased anxiety or frustration due to their inability to hear. Even though deaf dogs cannot hear they can see, or come to associate certain activities like their owner approaching the door with someone arriving, and will bark in response to a person approaching, another dog passing by on the sidewalk, or a squirrel in a tree, the same as any other dog would. Most people train their dogs not to bark, or to stop barking, by giving verbal commands. Obviously, this will be ineffective with a deaf dog that is unable to respond to audible commands, so owners of deaf dogs need to find other ways to teach their dogs to stop barking.
Ensure you understand what triggers your dog to bark, so you can use these stimuli to teach your dog to stop barking. Have treats available to reward compliance and any equipment that you will use to get your dog’s attention and communicate the 'stop barking' command, such as a light source or vibrating collar. You may employ an assistant to create situations in which your dog begins barking. You will need to conduct training over several weeks, as situations in which your deaf dog barks arise and provide the opportunity for training, so you will need to have treats and tools for signaling your dog readily available and on hand at all times in order to maintain consistency.
Someone dumped him after 14 yrs because she was moving. We took him in (I have 4 dogs already). He is deaf. I had him for about one month. Whenever I am out of his sight he barks continually.....I have an inside camera and I figured he would stop after awhile...barked 3.5 hrs til I got home. Even if he loses sight of me in our house he will bark until he sees me or I get his attention. It's stressing out other dogs and others in the house(he still barks even if my husband is home...just me that he wants). Previous owner worked all day. I am unable to even leave him.
Hello Debi, I suggest using an automatic bark correcting device. I suggest getting something that can be used both manually and automatically and includes vibration. Garmin Delta with Barklimiter is one option. Do some research to find out if there are other high quality options you prefer though. Start by simply using the collar on manual vibration mode, and when he barks, vibrate the collar to interrupt his barking. If he finds you, using his sense of smell, then give him a treat. You want to encourage him to learn how to find you in other ways, rather than him demanding that you come to him. Use just the vibration on the collar for a couple of weeks, until you are sure that he understands that the vibration happens when he barks. After he understands that, then you can use the automatic bark mode, which will likely be stimulation, when you are gone or unable or unwilling to correct him manually. By that point he should understand why he is being corrected and how to stop it though. Also work on reducing his stress in general. Try things like large hollow chew toys stuffed with his food and a little liver paste, setting up a stationary area in a central part of the house against a wall, and possibly putting a bed and food stuffed chew toys into an exercise pen in a central room in your home, to put him in when the house is busy and he can't seem to keep up with everyone moving around. Make this area pleasant by sprinkling some treats in there right before you put him in every time for a couple of months, and by giving him food stuffed chew toys in the area, for him to learn to entertain and sooth himself with. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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