While training a deaf dog does have a different set of challenges than a hearing dog, it is certainly not impossible to do. A great way to start is by deciding on a set of hand signals you are going to use with your dog and make sure everyone that interacts with him knows those cues. Post them on your fridge so visitors (or forgetful spouses!) can find them easily. To help, here are 10 handy hand signals to use when training your hard of hearing or deaf dog.
#1 – Open Hand Down
This is has become one of the universal sign for a “sit.” It’s a pretty natural movement that dog’s learn quickly.