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Date Posted: 14:21:24 06/18/04 Fri
Author: Kristin
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Subject: Re: advice on signs to teach
In reply to: zoee 's message, "advice on signs to teach" on 11:19:23 06/18/04 Fri

Hi Zoee

Sounds like you've already got a good idea on how to train your pup. I always start my dogs, hearing or deaf, with just a few cues. If the pup is deaf, starting with attention is key. Along side that, I immediately start using a few household signs. I start with a "no" (which I use, but stop would work just as nicely), a "potty" and a "good dog." After the dog gets attention, I teach "sit." Then I teach "down." Then, I add a "stay" onto the sit and down. After that, I add the "come" command, which is probably the most important they learn. The household signs are being taught also during this time, and once he's gotten down potty, good dog and no, I'll add others, like "get down" and "breakfast."

A vibrating collar also may be a good choice for your dog. I used one, and really liked it. I taught him to respond to the vibrating collar early, and it helped him learn to watch me and focus. A nice tool.

Good luck with your new possible pup. Owing a deaf dog is really a blessing. I just adore my little Sheltie!


Deepfork's Battle of Jericho NA, NAJ, R1-MCL, CGC (16 mth deaf sheltie titled in agility and Rally-obedience)

>Hi folks! My fiance and I may be adopting this deaf
>boston terrier. The owner is a breeder apparently and
>sells the puppies and seems to think that noone will
>buy her/him since it's deaf, and is willing to give
>the pup up for free. We found this out when my fiance
>was walking our dog (who had to be put down to sleep
>due to aggression problems recently :(), and saw a
>woman with a boston terrier. He mentioned how i love
>pugs and boston terriers and she told us about the
>breeder she knows that wants to give up one. So we
>contacted her and are hoping to hear from her. I
>usually don't want to get dogs from breeders since i
>don't want to support breeders but since she wants "to
>get rid of it", i want it heh.
>The funny thing is that i happen to be deaf. So i
>definitely don't need sign language lessons heh. I'm
>really hopeful and have been researching how to train
>deaf dogs and taking care of boston terriers. What I
>am wondering at this point is what signs should i
>start teaching at first? Should i start with one and
>move on once the pup comphrends it, or start with a
>I assume that i'd first start with "attention", and
>rewarding the pup whenever eye contact is made, that
>way it'd actually watch me when i sign! Then move on
>to actual commands. The first few ones that comes to
>mind would be good, sit, lay down, outside, stop,
>food. We're thinking of using the method of giving the
>pup something else to do instead of saying no, and
>using stop whenever he/she refuses to quit whatever
>it're doing after we tell them what she/he should do
>Any advice? What were the first few signs you taught
>your dog? Any information is most welcome! Hope to be
>a visitor to this board more often!

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