constant barking by a deaf dog

Mt daughter has a 5 month old oes who is deaf, he is responding (sort of) to basic puppy training classes, but he keeps barking, any hints on how to stop him, he just seems to bark for the sake of barking at all odd times, he comes to vist us sometimes and he drives my 3 , 8yr old boxers scatty although they all get on well and play etc his barking is annoying to them and us. If you try to make hime realise he is being a pest he thinks it is all a game, he is sitting behind the chair now and every so often he will bark and bark for no reason. HELP, we all love him dearly but not his bark.
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Hi Carolyn,

Let me say at the outset that I have no experience with deaf dogs. I hope that other folks with deaf OESs will respond to your question with more authority than I have.

Just like any dog, I would imagine that a deaf dog would require correction to stop an undesirable action. Are you doing visual reprimand of some sort? How do you teach your dog not to do other things?

I wonder if a No Bark Collar is advisable for such a young dog.
Also off the top of my head, I know that one of our members here at has a deaf dog... "Fritzi", member #87. I also believe she is active in forums that are set up specifically for deaf dogs.

You can drop her an email right through this forum, by Clicking HERE.

Good luck!
Hi Carolyn
I have a deaf sheepdog named Brie, like the cheeze. She is 3 years old and I adopted her from Rescue this past Jan. She was not trained or housebroken when she arrived, but she has come a long way.

First, rule out the possibility that the pup is barking due to some medical condition (ear infection or ?) by taking ot to a vet for a checkup.

I do not have a lot of experience with excessive barking, but off the top of my head, I'd suggest a couple of things. I assume the pup is being trained with some kind of sign language.

In that case you need to do two things:
1. Reward the pup when it is NOT barking -- when it stops barking even for a brief time, give it a signal (I use a "thumbs up") and a small food reward (I use tiny pieces of turkey hot dog that have been microwaved or baked in the oven until they are hard).
2. Indicate your disapproval of the barking by signing NO (I use a finger wagging back and forth, a scowl, and shake my head) and leave the pup or turn your back and ignore it. The point being, it is not going to get any attention from you as long as it is barking.

Even more useful, is to check and use the wonderful online resources available. The deaf dogs website is:
and the Deaf Dogs Yahoo forum is:

Let us know how this works out.

Fritzi and the Cheeze Doodles
Brie and Colby
Storrs, CT.
I noticed that you posted on the Yahoo deafdogs group but got no response. Sorry about that.

I did a little research on the dog behavior web sites and found a number of articles on the subject of excessive barking. Here are the links, perhaps there are some answers to your problem.


Barking Mad by D. Appleby, dip. CABC.

Problem Barking: Causes & Solutions (Applied Ethology Home Page) ... rking.html

Excessive Barking (Champaign County Humane Society)

Barking (Denver Dumb Friends League)

Barking: A Common Dog Behavior Problem by H. Frisby, DVM ... icleid=153

Understanding Why Dogs Bark (Innotek)

De-Barking by J. A. Mather

Too Much Barking by P. McCutcheon, DVM

Does Your Dog Bark-A-Lot! by B. J. Oliver, MA

Barking Q&A from B. J. Oliver, MA

Barking (Perfect Paws)

Barking Dogs by M. J. Sminkey

Hush . . . Stop Barking by G. Stern

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