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Do Deaf Dogs Bark More?

Do Deaf Dogs Bark

Yes, deaf dogs barks more. Deafness is one of the most common causes of excessive barking in dogs. That’s right, and you read that correctly. Barking is the same as talking, and it has nothing to do with your dog’s hearing skills. Although deaf dogs cannot hear, they can testify and respond to the events taking place around them. For example, they may bark to warn their owners of impending danger.

If your deaf dog barks excessively, it can be very annoying for you (and your neighbors). Obviously, training such canines is more difficult, and controlling your furry friend’s barking takes a lot of effort.

Hearing-impaired dogs may bark for a variety of reasons. Some are general causes of barking, while others are deafness-specific. A deaf dog, for example, may bark in displeasure because he or she cannot hear the owner’s demands. The following are some of the most common causes for deaf dogs to bark incessantly.

Anxiety

This is most likely the cause of your deaf dog’s incessant barking. In the canine world, separation anxiety is extremely prevalent. It’s a condition in which dogs become distressed and act out in the absence of their owner. Because of the dog’s inability to cope with the loneliness, separation anxiety usually appears within minutes of the owner’s departure.

Discomfort

Your dog may bark excessively because of an accident or illness, as he or she is in agony and discomfort. Sick dogs bark to alert their owners that they are not feeling well and should visit the veterinarian. Excessive displays of affection are another thing that can make your dog feel uneasy. Some dogs don’t appreciate being hugged and cuddled too much and will bark to warn the person.

Frustration

When a deaf dog cannot understand the owner’s command, he or she feels frustrated. Excessive barking is a popular way for dogs to express their displeasure. This can be a severe issue for parents who don’t know how to use hand signals because spoken clues simply add to the frustration.

Reinforcement That Isn’t Intended

We may unwittingly support undesirable conduct. Pushing your dog while he barks (when playing) can, for example, create a misunderstanding in the pup’s head. He might think of it as a game and equate barking with having fun. As a result, anytime you play with your dog, he will learn to bark. Even if you don’t think these kinds of encounters are enjoyable, your deaf dog could.

DEAF DOG MYTHS

  1. Deaf dogs are more inclined to bite because they startle more easily.

Any dog can bite. Its hearing ability should be unimportant. Deaf dogs sleep deeply than normal dogs. When a dog is sleeping and gets shocked awake, it can become frightened and bite unintentionally. Every dog should be treated with respect. If your dog is asleep, please give them a gentle pat to wake them up. You’ll never be in that circumstance if you’re not rough or threatening. A deaf dog is no more prone than any other dog to startle or bite.

2. They must keep deaf dogs on a leash at all times.

I can’t claim this is a complete myth because most people don’t properly train their dogs’ recall to allow them to be off-leash. Because they can’t hear cars or other hazards that may be present, a deaf dog with a poor recall poses a greater safety risk than a hearing dog. It is, however, very possible to train a deaf dog to be off-leash. This relates to teaching the commands “watch me” and “come.” Your deaf dog won’t travel far if they know to look to you for commands.

3. It’s difficult to train a deaf dog.

Deaf dogs are easier to train than hearing dogs. They can’t hear distraction. You can work freely in your deaf dog will learn that they must look at you for commands, resulting in an incredible focus on you!

4. Dogs who are deaf do not bark.

I sometimes wish this was a myth, but it isn’t! Deaf dogs do, in fact, bark. Deafness and muteness are two distinct conditions. Most deaf people I’ve encountered are more outspoken than their hearing relatives.

5. The quality of life for deaf canines is poor.

For dogs, it’s a sad reality that they frown deafness upon. Compared to their hearing peers, deaf canines in shelters have little chance. People believe they cannot live properly, yet this is far from the case. Dogs, like deaf people, live regular lives.

How To Train The Dog To Stop barking?

One would imagine that a dog who can’t hear would be less likely to vocalize than a hearing dog. Unfortunately, this isn’t always the case! Deaf dogs may bark for a variety of reasons, some of which are the same as hearing dogs and others which are because of their hearing disability. Because of their inability to hear, a deaf dog may bark out of worry or displeasure. Even though deaf dogs cannot hear, they can see and have learned to associate certain activities with people arriving, such as their owner approaching the door, and will bark in response to a person approaching, another dog passing by on the sidewalk, or a squirrel in a tree, just like any other dog.

Identifying & Defining Tasks 

When a deaf dog barks, owners must first catch their dog’s attention before giving them a non-verbal instruction to stop barking. A dog that barks persistently and cannot be stopped is bothersome not just to its owners but also to neighbors and everyone else within hearing range, so knowing how to stop your dog from barking is essential. Teaching a deaf dog to stop barking isn’t necessarily more difficult than teaching a hearing dog to stop barking, but it causes a different means of attracting your dog’s attention and a nonverbal instruction to stop barking. A puppy with hearing will need to be taught not to bark in the same way that any other young dog would, but with a different way of transmitting the ‘stop barking’ signal.

The First Steps

Make sure you know what causes your dog to bark so you can utilize those triggers to educate your dog to stop. Have treats and any equipment you’ll use to grab your dog’s attention and communicate the ‘stop barking’ order, such as a light source or a vibrating collar, on hand to reward compliance. You could enlist the help of a friend to create conditions in which your dog barks. You’ll need to train your deaf dog over several weeks as situations for training emerge, so have treats and instruments to signal your dog readily available and on hand at all times to ensure consistency.

The Signal Collar Method

  • Vibrating collars:  When you wish to give your dog a command, use a vibrating collar to capture their attention. This is not a shock collar; rather, it is a collar that vibrates gently to give tactile stimulation and attract your dog’s attention. Vibrating collars are used to catch a deaf dog’s attention before giving a command in a variety of scenarios, and a deaf dog who has been educated to pay attention to you and wait for your instruction should orient to you when the vibrating collar is activated.
  • Alert: When your dog barks, wait for a little interval before signaling them with the collar to catch their attention.
  • Signal:  Establish a visual hand signal for ‘stop barking’ as an alternative to a previously learned audible signal, or introduce a visual hand signal for ‘stop barking’ in a young dog.
  • Reward: Give a treat right away.
  • Practice: Your dog will learn to associate the ‘stop barking’ hand signal and treat with the cessation of their barking behavior after repeated cycles of barking, pause barking, vibrating, attend, hand signal, and treat. If your dog can see you, you can use the hand signal to tell them to stop barking, or you can use the vibrating collar to catch their attention, followed by the visual signal.

The Trigger Method

  • Trigger Barking: Create a visual trigger that causes your deaf dog to bark, such as strolling by the home or approaching the door with the help of help. Keep your dog on a leash while you wait for the event to begin.
  • Capture peace: When the event occurs and your dog barks, wait for them to calm down, even if it is only for a moment, then signal your dog with a flashlight focused at their feet and a treat.
  • Practice: Every day, for a few minutes, repeat the technique. As soon as your dog pauses in its barking and looks at you, give the light signal and a treat.
  • Add a signal: Start adding a hand gesture to signal your dog to stop barking after several days of practice, when your dog identifies the light signal with halting barking and receiving a treat.
  • Reinforce:  You can eventually utilize the light to attract their attention and give them the ‘stop barking’ hand signal to tell them to stop barking. Use the hand signal without the light if the dog can see you. Continue practicing and reinforcing for a few weeks until you can only use the hand signal, or capture your dog’s attention with the light and then hand signal him to stop barking.

Method Of Alternate Behaviour

  • Make a place: Provide your dog with a mat or kennel where he can gnaw on a chew toy or play. They do not associate it with punishment.
  • It can trigger or wait to bark for: Engage an assistant to set up a circumstance in which your dog barks while on a leash, or wait for your dog to bark out of boredom or frustration before putting them on the leash.
  • Signal: Give your dog a cue, such as a hand or light signal or a vibrating collar, and then lead them to their mat or box.
  • Diversion:  Once you’ve arrived at their location, reward them with a treat, toy, or chew toy, such as a rawhide bone, and provide an alternative to barking, such as a puzzle feeder. Not only are they diverted from barking and rewarded for quiet when they have a toy or chew in their mouth, but they also find it difficult or impossible to continue barking.
  • Practice:  Repeat this technique several times a day until your dog responds to the signal by stopping barking and going to their designated place to receive their toy, activity, or treat.

Train A Dog To Stop Barking Won’t Happen Overnight.

None of these outcomes will be achieved immediately. You may educate your deaf dog to quit barking if you are consistent and persistent.

 In fact, you can teach your deaf dog anything a hearing dog can learn using these approaches because attracting the dog’s attention and signaling something you want the dog to perform will reinforce that behavior!

You can also use these techniques knowing that your deaf dog is safe and secure. A deaf dog should not be punished for failing to perform what it is not expected to do. It simply isn’t capable of hearing. 

It can, however, learn to understand you with love and patience if you first learn how to communicate with it in a unique way.

Conclusion

Since you’ve learned that deaf dogs can also bark, in fact, they bark more than normal dogs for a variety of reasons. So, before you become offended or annoyed by your dog’s barking, try to figure out what that little canine needs. It will be simpler for both you and your four-legged companion if you can crack this.

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anuja saxena author at anifirm

I am a dog lover who spent her childhood in the company of a friendly Labrador Retriever. I believe that pets make our lives more enjoyable and stress-free. So, here I am, attempting to share my experiences and knowledge to improve the lives of pets and pet owners.