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Date Posted: 19:32:25 05/12/04 Wed
Author: Kristin
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Subject: Re: hearing dog, deaf child
In reply to: karen 's message, "hearing dog, deaf child" on 12:20:43 05/10/03 Sat

Most professional dog trainers use both verbal commands along with hand signals to teach their dogs. For every behavior you teach the dog, you put in a hand signal. A trainer in your area can help you with this.

I think the KISS Dog Training Book uses pretty good lure mehtods that turn into hand signals for the dog. (If you read the book, this comment will make sense.) I scanned the book, and felt it had a very good positive training method that matches my own fairly well.

All of my cues come with hand signals. For instance, when I say "sit" to my hearing dogs, I raise my arm up at the elbow. When I tell my dogs "drop", I lower my palm to the floor. When I say "stay," I point at my dogs.

Dogs are Kings of non-verbal communication. They will "watch" what you say a lot sooner than "listen." That's why trainers always use hand signals with hearing dogs along with verbal cues. The dogs pay more attention to the hand signals anyway. So, it will be really, really easy for your daughter to communicate with your dog (with the proper training for the dog). And, in fact, she'll probably be better at it then you guys who rely so heavily on verbal communication!


>My husband and I have a 3 year old girl who is deaf.
>we are buying a bull mastiff puppy and would like to
>teach our dog sign language...if anyone can give us
>any tips for training our new family member.. please
>email me...your tips and suggestions are greatly

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