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 forum.oes.org 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.
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
|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. http://www.apbc.org.uk/ARTICLE1.HTM
Problem Barking: Causes & Solutions (Applied Ethology Home Page) http://www.usask.ca/wcvm/herdmed/applie ... rking.html
Excessive Barking (Champaign County Humane Society) http://www.cuhumane.org/topics/bark.html
Barking (Denver Dumb Friends League) http://www.ddfl.org/behavior/barkingdog.htm
Barking: A Common Dog Behavior Problem by H. Frisby, DVM http://www.peteducation.com/article.cfm ... icleid=153
Understanding Why Dogs Bark (Innotek) http://pet.innotek.net/index.htm
De-Barking by J. A. Mather http://www.dogpatch.org/sheltie/debark.html
Too Much Barking by P. McCutcheon, DVM http://www.interlog.com/~infoland/petland/dog/pd1.html
Does Your Dog Bark-A-Lot! by B. J. Oliver, MA http://www.doggiedoor.com/barking.shtml
Barking Q&A from B. J. Oliver, MA http://www.doggiedoor.com/doghouse/barkingq.shtml
Barking (Perfect Paws) http://www.perfectpaws.com/bark.html
Barking Dogs by M. J. Sminkey http://www.perfectpaws.com/bark.html
Hush . . . Stop Barking by G. Stern http://www.perfectpaws.com/bark.html
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