After years of faithful service, loving companionship and “years of just being good”, you realize your dog is no longer responding to your voice and verbal commands. What happened?
Deaf dogs are perfectly competent of picking up visible signs and are no more different than any other dog. They gauge through vibrations in the floor instead of sound and they can be instructed with hand signs or vibrations from a vibrating dog collar.
Conditioning deaf dogs are related to conditioning visually impaired dogs – you have to be resourceful in however you instruct. Realize that just because your dog can't hear doesn't imply he's not competent to learn.
Deaf dogs are dedicated, wonderful and should not be considered to be a problem dog. For the most part, the problem is owners that do not recognize how to handle the situation. Therefore, the dog endures unnecessary pain and ridicule for our lack of patience.