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.
My dog does an extremely high pitched bark/ scream when out walking, I know it is a mix of excitement and frustration from being on the lead but i don't know how to stop him, people look at me as if I've just beaten him, I've tried stopping and changing direction also showing his stop signal things work for a bit then stop we walk for 2 hours everyday and in all other respects he is a perfect dog but am starting to dread walk time !!!
Hello Tracy, First, work on a structured heel where he is walking slightly behind you and paying attention to you - this can help with the over-excitement: Heel article - The turns method: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-poodle-to-heel Heel Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OTiKVc4ZZWo Second, teach the Quiet command using the Quiet method: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-shih-tzu-puppy-to-not-bark Third, when he barks spray his side with a small puff of air from a Pet Convincer to interrupt his arousal. Do this as soon as he starts to stare, get over-excited, and tune you out - he will learn more easily if you interrupt him early. Use the unscented air, not citronella, and do it at his side not face, Reward with treats when heeling calmly, focused on you and not aroused. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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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
Hi George, I recently adopted a deaf 8 year old daschund/Chihuahua mix. She also barked a lot when I was out of her sight. She is still a work in progress but after almost 3 months now she is only just beginning to feel safe and adjusting to our home which includes two other senior dogs. I always make a point of making sure she sees me leave a room and she used to always follow me, but now I think she is just gaining trust that no one is abandoning her. As long as I give her some kinda of wave or point where I am going she seems to be ok and won’t jump up to follow me. She can now lay quietly in her crate when I am not home or out of sight. This meant a whole night of her barking and whining in her crate next to my bed which is key so she can see me but it got less after night two and by night three she was silent all night. Just like a baby and sleep training! She also would bark for hours on end when I first got her. I do use a vibration collar to get her attention as the trainer above instructed , when I want her to come to me. She is a typical little dog in the fact that she is stubborn but the vibration gets her attention and then I hand signal her to come to me. (Treats work well) I think deaf dogs can be more anxious because think of all the noises they can’t hear you make to let them know where you are at. I also want to say that time and patience which you need a lot of is the key. I almost gave up a few times but now I am happy to have waited it out . I read a lot of deaf dog websites and watched videos for hand signals and training deaf dogs. She also was stressing out my other two dogs but like I said after time they have all adjusted and she is still a barker as I said a work in progress. My main tip is just give her lots of time to feel safe.
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He’s deaf, vision problems and has started to howl when alone. No matter the time or day/night. It’s causing the neighbors to call animal control. What can I do to fix it??
Hello Natalie, I suggest combining a couple of things. First use the Signal Collar method to teach your your pup that a vibration from the collar means quiet. Since he doesn't have good eye sight, you may have to wait until he howls or barks on his own, then vibrate, then reward when he gets quiet, instead of triggering the barking with a visual. At first, reward him as soon as he gets quiet, then gradually increase how long he must be quiet for before getting the treat. You want to transition to staying quiet being rewarded and not just howling and stopping over and over. https://wagwalking.com/training/stop-barking-8 Once he understands that the vibration means quiet, then have him wear a vibration bark collar that will go off automatically when he barks. Also purchase an automatic treat dispensing device that can be set to release a piece of food when it detects quietness for a certain amount of time. Keep him confined somewhere where he will be close enough to the device to smell the treat and spend time while you are home leading him to the device so he will know to look for it and the treat. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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