Training a deaf dog is not all that different than training a hearing dog, says Deaf Dog Education Action Fund. The basic principles are the same. The dog has to be taught the meaning of a signal the owner gives. The only difference is that hearing dogs can be taught to respond to noises as signals and deaf dogs cannot. The first step in training a deaf dog is teaching the dog to look at the owner in response to a vibrating collar. Once the dog can look at the owner on cue, the dog can be taught to follow hand signals for all other basic obedience commands.Continue Reading
There are many remote collars on the market that offer a vibrating function; sometimes it is referred to as a pager function. When selecting a collar, ensure the receiver is 100 percent waterproof and has sufficient range to communicate with the dog if the dog takes off running. The transmitter should be small and have a button devoted to transmitting the vibration signal so it can be used easily and quickly in case of an emergency.
Put the vibrating collar on the dog, and let the dog wear it until the dog becomes accustomed to it. With the dog right next to the trainer on a leash, trigger the vibration and give the dog a treat immediately. Repeat the page-and-treat sequence multiple times.
With the dog on leash next to the trainer, page the dog and wait. The dog should look at the trainer immediately, expecting a treat. Give the dog a treat immediately when the dog looks at the trainer. Repeat the page-look-treat sequence multiple times.
Continue performing the page-look-treat sequence frequently. Take the dog to many different locations and repeat the training. Once the dog is consistently looking at the trainer in response to the page, start asking the dog to perform other behaviors in response to hand signals, such as sit or come. This training should follow a sequence of page, wait for the look, do a hand signal to tell the dog to sit and then reward the sitting dog. Repeat these sequences many times.
Get a dog by visiting an animal adoption center, finding a suitable dog, and filling out the necessary paperwork. You may also have to speak with an adoption counselor about your home and lifestyle to ensure you and your dog are a good match.Full Answer >
The recommended dosage of Benadryl for dogs is 1 milligram for every 1 pound of the dog's weight, according to VetInfo. This can be administered every 8 hours on the advice of a veterinarian.Full Answer >
According to the Humane Society, the best thing to do with a lost dog is take it to the animal shelter. Another option is taking the dog home and trying to find the owner. However, it is best to call the animal shelter and notify them of the lost dog.Full Answer >
Veterinarians and the ASPCA both strongly speak out against do-it-yourself pet euthanasia, emphasizing the need for training and experience as well as a backup method. Stephen Zawistowski of the APSCA cautions that in certain states, these DIY euthanasia experiments can qualify as animal cruelty, especially since inexperienced owners have to rely on a trial and error method. He recommends home euthanasia with a vet as an alternative.Full Answer >