Deaf Dog Hand Signals

10 CommentsTuesday, 10 January 2012  |  D for Dog

These signs are not special or official. They are not from a book of signs. They are simply ones made up to use with my deaf dog Berkeley.

For more information about living with and training a deaf dog, please see Deaf Dogs.

Deaf Dog Hand Signs

This is only a very small sample. You can add to them and adapt them in whatever way you like. The main thing to bear in mind is that whatever signs you choose you must be consistent. Make a note of the signs you intend to use and maybe draw or photograph them. Put them on the fridge door or somewhere easy to view and stick to those signs.

To get their attention

To get their attention
Lie down

Lie down
Come here

Come here 
 Stay

Stay
 Go in the garden / do a wee

toilets
Walkies

Walkies 
 I'm going out (without you)

I'm going out without you
 Lets play / Get your toy

Lets play
Drop

Drop
Down

Down
 Bring it to me

Bring it to me
Eat / Dinner time

Dinner time 
 No / Stop it

No Stop it
 Someone is at the door

Someone is at the door
Sit

Sit
 Quiet / Calm down

Quiet
All done / Finished

Finished 

By Jenny Prevel

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A Morris
Thursday, 7 February 2019  |  18:23

I found this so helpful 'as am hoping to take on a dog who is def and partly sighted. The sighs seem not to hard for a dog to pick up. The only one I don't see a sigh for is to get him to go to bed.


Derek West
Monday, 15 March 2021  |  16:21

For got to bed on our partially sighted deaf dog we simply point to the bed. She pick this up quite quickly


K Smith
Monday, 26 July 2021  |  20:15

Our dog knows what it means but shakes her head no and lays down.


Doris Aquilina
Saturday, 18 July 2020  |  11:54

Is there a sit sign


D for Dog
Saturday, 18 July 2020  |  11:59

Yes, sit is shown above. We used a fairly standard sit sign but don't forget you can use whatever you like, these were just examples of ones we made up. Use whatever you like, just be consistent :-)


Michelle Issatt
Sunday, 9 August 2020  |  15:28

need help as our german shepard is going deaf


Monica
Monday, 2 August 2021  |  7:12

Hi there, Im looking for a trainer for our deaf puppy.. do you have any one to recommend? We live in London SE4. Thank you Monica


Shelly
Wednesday, 5 January 2022  |  7:07

Can I ask if these are American sign language signs? I have taught dogs with hand signals but not these. If I should do it differently I would like to know!


D for Dog
Wednesday, 5 January 2022  |  8:42

These signs are not special or official. They are not from a book of signs. They are simply ones made up to use with my deaf dog Berkeley.


Linda
Monday, 28 February 2022  |  18:18

At first I thought Bj didn't like his name, he is my forth generation I had his great great great grandparents his great great grand father his great grandfather(who was the best dog I've ever had) and his Daddy RIP to all my babies my babies are straight up hienz 57s but there so beautiful! My 3 babies were saved from the mother's owner who only was looking to make money off the babies there short haired and were made to stay outside in 40 weather in a tent and I'm curious if that played any roll in bj being deaf I don't know if any other than the three I have are deaf I just know my white one blue eye one brown eyed baby can't hear at all but his sister and brother help him he learned to sit by watching them and he recognizes my hand sign to sit

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