Training Deaf Puppies and Dogs

Training deaf dogs is no more difficult than training a hearing dog. In fact, sometimes, it’s easier because they are focused on you and the trainer. There are just a few simple adjustments to make in your training of a deaf dog or puppy – but, with those minor changes, you will establish yourself as the leader of the pack and train your deaf dog or puppy to be well-mannered.

Teach your deaf dog to obey you through touch.

Signs are the best way to get your deaf dog to listen. They are the only way he’ll know what you want, and they should be used as often as possible. Signs can also be used while training your deaf dog, or correcting him if he is doing something wrong.

Your deaf dog will learn sign language very quickly, so it is important that you start using signs right away. Some dogs may not learn all of their signs within a day or two though, so remember to keep working with them every day until they get it!

Hand Signals for Obedience

When training a deaf puppy or dog, it’s important to use hand signals so that he can learn the same commands and behaviors as a hearing dog. Hand signals for obedience include:

  • Sit: open your palm and slowly move it down your body until your pup sits
  • Down: hold up two fingers in an inverted “V” shape, then lower one at a time (like you’re turning on an imaginary light). Your pup should lie down when you make the first motion of pointing downward. You can also use this signal with many dogs who already know how to lie down but aren’t good at staying put when told to do so.
  • Come: point toward yourself with all four fingers extended, then bring them together at their tips in front of your chest or face; keep doing this motion until they get up and come running over!
  • Leave It!: place both hands open flat above an object on which you want them not to focus (like food), then push each hand down toward the floor—this should tell them that whatever was there is no longer interesting!

As for specific commands like “no” or “stop” try using one hand held out palm-up along with either shaking head side-to-side for no or bringing hands back together near face/body for stop; these are more general terms that won’t be associated specifically with any particular word but will still convey what needs saying without confusion

Your deaf puppy/dog will not know what you want without you signing it to him/her.

The most important thing you need to know about communicating with a deaf dog is that there is no other way. For example, if your dog is barking at the mailman, and you want him to stop doing that, it’s not going to be effective if you yell “Stop it!” at him; he will not understand what you’re saying. Instead, sign “Stop barking” and then point toward the mailman.

Your best bet is to spend some time practicing short phrases before bringing home your new puppy—for example “sit,” “lie down,” “come here,” and so on—so that both of your hands are free for signing in an emergency situation like this one (remember: these are just examples!).

Use a Flashlight

There are a number of ways to get your dog’s attention. One way is to use the flashlight as a hand signal and then reward him with treats when he follows it. Another way is to shine the light in his eyes so that he looks at it, then reward him with treats when he gives you eye contact. You may also choose to use the light as an indication that you’re going somewhere and would like them to follow you—and then reward them for doing so.

The best thing about this technique is that it can be used for both positive and negative reinforcement purposes: if your dog barks because he wants something, or jumps up on people who come over unexpectedly (or just because), simply shine the light on his face until he stops barking or jumping—then give him attention and praise when he does!

For minor corrections, grab the dog’s collar tightly and firmly shake it.

If the dog is doing something you don’t want it to do, grab the dog’s collar and firmly shake it. This will tell your deaf puppy or dog that what he is doing is wrong and that you disapprove of it.

Do not shake the dog’s head or neck, as this can cause injury or pain for your pet. Do not shake his body, tail, ears (if he does not like having his ears touched), eyes (if he does not like having his eyes touched) or feet (if he does not like having his feet touched).

For major corrections, hold the dog down with one hand while signing the correction and making an “Ahhhh” noise into his ear.

If you need to correct a major behavior issue, you can use the same methods as for normal training. But instead of simply signing “no,” hold the dog down with one hand and make an “Ahhhh” noise into his ear while signing the correction. The “Ahhhh” is supposed to resemble what a deaf person would do if they signed “no.” Make sure that your voice is loud enough so that it’s clear to your dog, but not so loud that it startles or frightens him.

Books We Recommend

We recommend the following book to help you train your puppy:


To train your deaf puppy/dog, you need to use signs and touch and a lot of patience. And you need to be consistent. It helps to train your dog with treats and toys, but remember that no matter how much you love them, dogs should not sleep in your bed!