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Trainers for Deaf Dogs

A well-trained dog will make no attempt to share your lunch. He will just make you feel so guilty that you cannot enjoy it.
 - Helen Thurber

These trainers are listed here because they asked to be, and because they are willing to work with deaf dogs (whether they have experience with them or not). There are no special tests or accreditations involved. DDEAF is not personally endorsing these trainers, as we do not have the ability to evaluate them all ourselves. Please do your homework before hiring a trainer for your dog.

To add a trainer to this list (or to report a problem), contact us.

Find A Trainer

If we do not have someone listed for your area, don't despair! Check around (ask your veterinarian or the people at your favorite pet supply store for recommendations), and call some of your local trainers. Remember, you don't need a "deaf dog trainer" or a "special" class. There are lots of good trainers out there! When talking to them, you probably won't find many who have actually had deaf dog training experience (so asking "do you train deaf dogs?" will probably get an answer of "no"). Instead, your first questions should be about how the class is run, and what training methods they use (see our links above for ideas on what to ask and look for). Once you decide it is a class that you would feel comfortable bringing your dog to, tell them that your dog is deaf, and ask if they think that will be a problem. You may need to reassure them that you can devise any hand signals needed (while most trainers will know some basic signs, you will probably need more than that). Don't expect them to go out of their way to accommodate you (unless you sign up for private lessons), but a good trainer should be excited about a new training experience (it's an opportunity for them to learn as well, after all). If you like them, ask if they would like to be included on our list (you will be helping other deaf dog owners by doing so)!

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