We owe it to our dogs to teach them how to behave, and that the world isn't a scary place. A dog with special needs is no exception.

 

Training a dog that is both blind and deaf can come with its own challenges, but at the end of the day training is a rewarding experience for both dog and handler. We recommend the use of touch and tactile cues to communicate with your deafblind dog. 

Below you will find training tutorials for working with your dog using touch cues and positive reinforcement.

Deaf And Blind Dog Training

Training a Reward Marker With a Deaf and Blind Dog

Reward markers can be a useful training tool, similar to using a clicker or "Yes!" with a dog that can hear. They can help to train behaviors by marking the exact moment the dog exhibits a desired behavior. 

Training "Sit" With a Deaf and Blind Dog

"Sit" is often the first cue most owners teach their new puppies. It is a building block to many behaviors, cues, and tricks! Click the button below to view this tutorial.

Training "Down" With a Deaf and Blind Dog

"Down" is a building block to many behaviors, cues, and tricks! Teaching this cue can also help teach your deaf/blind dog to relax. Click the button below to view this tutorial.

Training "Stay" With a Deaf and Blind Dog

Before you begin teaching your blind and deaf dog to "stay," it's a good idea to already have a reliable "sit" or "down." This is an important command that can literally save your dog's life. Click the button below to begin the tutorial. 

Training Come With a Deaf and Blind Dog

Teaching "come" to your deaf/blind dog can be a great way to ask your dog toward you. It can also be useful to teach your dog to follow you, or get him into a position for grooming, handling, or veterinary work without using force. 

Training Recall Using a Vibration Collar

This is one method for teaching your deaf/blind puppy "come," in this case using a force free vibration collar. Click the button below to begin the tutorial. 

Grooming and Handling With a Deaf and Blind Dog

These are our favorite techniques for teaching your blind/deaf dog how to accept grooming and handling. Click the button below to begin the tutorial. 

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