I have a wonderful new 3 month old pit bull puppy. She is a beautiful and I've only had her a week and I'm already very attached to her...however, she is deaf and training her has become stressful that her behavior is bringing me to a decision to have to take her to the animal shelter. She has such a bad habit of biting hands and feet....does ANYONE have ANY tips for training deaf pit bulls??? ANYTHING would help me...
Reply To: puppy101
Hey, I know it may seem hard, but trainning a dog that is deaf is still possible. When I first started trainning my dog, I always used signs along verbal commands just in case.
Step 1: Getting your dogs attention. Becasue your dog is not going to respond to verbal commands, you are going to need an alternative way of getting his attention. I would recomend a treat.
Step 2: Teaching your dog a command associated with a sign/body language. The easiest command to start with is probably "sit". For my boy, his visual sit sign is an upward curling of the arm. Just like you would use would use a verbal command to teach your dog to sit, you will need to use body language. Here is a good step by step guide, https://www.petwave.com/Dogs/Dog-Behavior-Center/Dog-Basic-Training/Sit/Training-Tips/How-To/Teaching-your-Dog-to-Sit.aspx. Just replace the verbal command listed here with body language.
Step 3: Be patient and consitant. Your dog is handicapped, which means you are going to need to really work with him. Dont get frusterated. It sounds like you have a great dog, and with a little work you could have an obidient dog as well.
Hope this helps!
I did puppy kindergarten with someone who had a deaf dog (it was a french bulldog). The teacher told the owner to work on approaching and grabbing the dog from behind from a very early age so it would get used to it and not bite. I don't know how big your pit bull is, but you may want to try this method. You may suffer a few puppy bites, but it's better than having it bite a stranger when it's full grown.
note: I'm not a trainer myself, so you'll probably want to consult with a pro before diving in.
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