Dog Training for Deaf Dogs in Philadelphia
Dog Trainer for Deaf Dogs
Training a deaf dog presents unique challenges for even the most experienced dog owners. Suburban K9 is here to help you work through these challenges and form a bond with your special pup! Our Philadelphia Territory Manager Liliana Carpano is passionate about the care and training of deaf dogs. For Liliana it all started with her first deaf dog client, a sweet mini sheepadoodle.
When the sheepadoodle's owner first reached out for training she described her pup as stubborn and was having a hard time getting her to respond to commands and follow proper household etiquette. She had worked with another trainer previously and wasn't getting the results she had hoped for. Neither the owner or the other trainer had realized that the dog was deaf. After a couple sessions working with the sheepadoodle, Liliana suggested that the client reach out to her vet to retest the dog's hearing. Sure enough, 100% deafness was confirmed. The owner was devastated, worried that it would mean that her aspirations towards off leash hikes and therapy dog work at hospitals was no longer possible. Liliana reassured her that with hard work and patience, she would get results.
At the end of their training package with Suburban K9, the pup was enjoying off leash hikes and trips to the park. During one of their final sessions she passed the Canine Good Citizen test, one of the steps towards therapy dog certification. Working so closely with that sheepadoodle throughout her development inspired Liliana with the confidence to adopt a hearing impaired dog of her own. Amadeus the Double Merle Australian Shepherd is not only deaf, but has some mild vision impairments. With his help Liliana hopes to showcase that any dog can- and should- be guided to reach their full potential.
Liliana now aspires to raise awareness about dogs with any disability, but especially hearing impaired dogs. It was so hard for that pup to receive a proper diagnosis because other observers, including her breeder, vet, and previous trainer, were quick to write her off as a stubborn and unruly puppy. But once her needs were understood and addressed, she began to thrive!
Liliana is passionate about giving impaired dogs a full life. Not only should they be allowed to thrive as an understood member of the household, but they can also be trained in sports, therapy work, off leash training, and anything else that the owner and pup are passionate about!
If you would like to learn tips and tricks for training your deaf dog, please read through our article Training A Deaf Dog. For training help in the Philadelphia area, click to get your price quote and Lilana would be happy to help you with one of our House Call Lessons.
House calls are private lessons that take place in the comfort of your home. For training and working with a deaf dog we would always suggest that you start with a house call appointment. This will give your trainer the ability to asses the situation and work with you on a training plan that is tailored to your dog's exact needs and the goals that you have for training. We offer packages of in-home lessons that are great for teaching your deaf dog all of their obedience commands. During these packages we can also work on the very important goals of properly socializing your pup, so that they can understand the world even if they can't hear it. Get your price quote today and let us help you and your pup!
Recommended Products for Deaf Dogs
An electronic training collar is a great option for working with your deaf dog. The PG-300 is a vibrate only training collar. This means that there is no correction or shock setting for the collar. We recommend this to many of our clients who are working with a deaf dog and looking to mark positive behaviors without the risk of correcting/shocking their pup. This collar can become a key to your success in communication with your dog. If you would like to have one of our experienced trainers help you with training for your deaf dog, please reach out and request a price quote today!
Did you know that many dogs who have hearing issues are also susceptible to vision issues as well? This is especially the case in regards to dogs that are Double Merle. There is a long list of issues that can exist with your pups eyes and the Rex Specs googles are our favorite tool to recommend to customers. The Googles are breathable and hold up to the massive amount of wear and tear that your dog puts them through. The Googles are fully adjustable to ensure that they will fit your pet.
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