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Training A Dog Owner

08 May

Mom forgot that puppies are a lot of work because Peg was 14 years old and Sandy was 13 years old when I came to live with them.

Dad didn’t want to adopt me because he wanted a “normal” dog. He focused on what I could not do. Mom needed some support from someone who knew dogs in case my “special needs” were too much for her so she signed up for class so the teacher could train her.  The teacher had only trained one other deaf dog, but his dogs were old and they were deaf, so technically he owned deaf dogs, even though they weren’t born deaf like me.

Training consisted of:

  1. Hearing dogs hear a verbal command, I see a hand sign command.
  2. Mom coaxes me to correctly perform desired action like “sit”
  3. When I perform the correct action, I get a treat.
  4. Hearing dog hears verbal “good dog,” I see a “thumbs up” hand sign
  5. Repeat because practice makes perfect. It really helps my mom to practice 🙂

As I got older, mom gave me fewer treats, just the “thumb up” hand sign because I have figured out that thumbs up means “good dog.” Now that I’m older and less active, it’s more diet-friendly for my waist-line. I’m not fat, I’m fluffy. Just ignore my dad when he says I’m portly.

These are a few of the basic hand signs that we use frequently.

  1. Come – motion with one hand toward chest and clap hands
  2. Sit – Both hands – tap pointer and middle fingers together, crossed like an “x”
  3. Stay/wait – palm of hand towards dog’s face
  4. Down – hand palm side down, motion down to floor
  5. Sit up – hand palm side up, motion up away from floor (opposite down)
  6. Stand – move hand palm side down, parallel to the floor.
  7. Inside – sweeping arm movement motioning in desired direction, similar to doorman.
  8. Good dog/yes/ok – thumb up
  9. Bad Dog/no – thumb down
  10. Wipe Paws – put towel on floor, make a fist w right hand rub on palm of open left hand. he will sit on towel so you can rub his paws
  11. Heel/let’s go – pat your thigh and start walking
  12. Crate/sleep – tilt head and put hand on side of face (similar to a pillow)
  13. Eat – fingertips together, touch to open mouth (like you are eating)

I’m really pretty smart. I can figure out things and I’m pretty attentive, unless I’m asleep. As my furiend Cloverton the Deaf dog would say, “I am deaf, I can’t hear the dumb things that people say.”

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Posted by on May 8, 2012 in Deaf dogs, Training

 

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3 responses to “Training A Dog Owner

  1. rumpydog

    June 3, 2012 at 9:37 pm

    I think the title says it all Radcliff… it’s not us that needs the training.

     
  2. Pixel Blue Eyes (@pixelblueeyes)

    August 8, 2012 at 6:54 pm

    What a great informational post Ratcliff. I think your Mommy is awesome for learning all she did. Mommy and I have learned lots of tricks together (okay, I teach her lots mostly) but we use a combination of words, hand motions and touch. Sometimes we use treats, sometimes not. I don’t need to treats to do my tricks, but I like them, BOL! It is always fun when we do our tricks together.
    Lots of love, Pixel

     
    • radcliffdeafdog

      September 11, 2012 at 7:42 pm

      Hi Pixel, yes, treats help with training. Humans don’t always realize that dogs don’t understand words, but we understand smiles and treats 🙂 I understand the thumbs-up sign.

      Lately I have spent most of my time on my facebook page. Thanks for stopping by to check out my blog. Love you too! Raddy

       

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