Care And Reward Assisted Training & Behaviourist


Deaf Dogs



Owners find it very difficult to locate trainers prepared to help them learn how to train their deaf dogs!  Owners often have to travel considerable distances but are prepared to do so for the love of their dogs!


Deaf dog training is something we have always undertaken and are delighted to help owners but it is also important to socialise a deaf dog with others so with our help you can then move on to the next stage of attending classes.


The responses shown by deaf dogs are very rewarding as their natural instincts have already been heightened by having to compensate for the loss of that important hearing sense that we all take for granted!


A dog may be deaf from birth or by later development but they invariably fit easily into classes once you know how to train your dog and then they benefit from the essential socialisation with other dogs.


If we can help you, or any one you know with a deaf dog please contact us on 01590 683 529,  07966 409 562 or email us by clicking here!




Pippi was bought to us for training after her owner Rebecca who realised that she had a problem which was subsequently diagnosed as deafness at birth.


Like many such owners, Rebecca had problems in finding somewhere to train and in desperation she contacted Deaf Dog Trainer and Author Barry Eaton who recommended her to contact us.


Pippi and Rebecca joined our Puppy Class at that time and with the help of our Deaf Dog signage and training notes they formed a wonderful bond and progressed very well indeed whilst socialising with the other dogs.  So much so, that in no time at all Pippi and Rebecca moved up to our Beginners Class and all was looking good.


Then sadly, disaster struck! 


Poor little Pippi was taken ill and had to be put to sleep at only 5 months old as she had suffered from renal failure!


Little Pippi is now running safely free over Rainbow Bridge with all her other little friends, including her deaf ones!


Rebecca clearly pointing to her eye as the hand signal for Pippi to pay attention and what good attention!

Whilst the memory of dear little Pippi will never fade, we are so very pleased that Rebecca and her family decided to acquire another King Charles Cavalier Spaniel pup called “Berry” who moved through our Puppy and Beginners Classes to become a very well socialised little dog.


The experience of learning to use signage in training Pippi has enabled Rebecca to combine that with the use of her natural body language and verbal commands in Berry’s training as well!


We strongly believe in the importance of both verbal commands and body language which are so easily read by our dogs. A deaf dog will also read your facial expressions when speaking to them so if you lost your voice you would still be able to control your dog. Also, if in later life your dog become deaf, (like our old Labrador Poppy) you will still be able to communicate and take your pet outside of its otherwise twilight world!


The following text is taken verbatim from an unsolicited email exchange we had with Rebecca and is reproduced with her full consent.


“I think that your methods are very suited to deaf dogs being so full of body language and your encouragement of the use of additional signs alongside verbal commands is great. In Speech  and Language Therapy your methods are similar to 'The Total Communication Approach', a method using a combination of communication modes such as signs, pictures, objects, as well as verbal attempts (eg for stroke patients, people with autism, learning disability, head injury etc) and I think it's brilliant and intend to base my thesis next year on it.”

Text Box: Below is Domino a four year old Rescued Dalmatian who we understand has been deaf from birth!

Domino, the Dalmatian pictured below,  was deaf from birth and he joined us after his owners eventually found us after much telephoning around seeking help to training him.  

Domino was a rescue dog and the owners first dog—what a brave challenge to accept!  

The owners really applied themselves well in helping to make Domino's training successful by working hard with signage and body language which Domino readily interoperates with ease.

Domino is thanking them in his own special way by his truly wonderful responses and bonding.

Dogs seem to have a far greater ability to overcome adversity than we do and as you can see 
here is one happy dog who it was a pleasure to have in our Classes!



This dog is fabulous!


So attentive!


So eager to please!


It was a pleasure to have him in our Classes and after working through Beginners and Improvers he moved up to our Advanced Class where the majority of dogs (including Domino) work almost constantly




Motivated and encouraged by perhaps the best known author on this subject, namely Barry Eaton, the author of Hear, Heart (see above) Chrissy will be pleased to visit and speak to any organisations, clubs or groups who may interested in hearing more about the fascinating side of  Training Deaf or normal hearing dogs!


Chrissy was first motivated by Barry Eaton's wonderful Deaf Dog Training methods when we invited him to run a seminar for us many years ago. Sadly, poor health has since prevented Barry from continuing his work practically but Chrissy now receives referrals from him to help owners of deaf dogs here in the South.


In 2011 she attended the Annual Conference and AGM of the PDTE (Pet Dog Trainers of Europe) in Oslo, Norway and addressed her fellow Members and Conference about training deaf dogs. 


Using an illustrated presentation, Chrissy was able to enlighten members from many European Countries about the advantages and rewards gained from working with Deaf Dogs and their owners.



Please contact Chrissy about Deaf Dog Training by clicking here!

Hear, Hear! - A Guide to Training the Deaf Dog


Step by step deaf dog training. It covers basic training that most pet dog owners require, including teaching the dog to sit, lay down, stand, walk nicely on a lead, stay, and to come back when ‘called’. It also covers important subjects like socialisation and suggests ways of overcoming some of the most common unwanted behaviour, like jumping up, barking and preventing your dog becoming destructive when left on its own. The moral issues of finding a home for a deaf dog are also discussed. Click for details of how to purchase the book.





Reviews of this book ........

Dog World........ a must for all who are interested in basic training, whether the puppy is deaf or not. His expertise and enthusiasm are apparent in every page..

Dog Training Weekly........ If anyone has a deaf puppy this book will be of tremendous value

Our Dogs........ I think the author is to be commended for writing this book.

Professor Peter Neville........ What I hope is that every trainer in the world will read it.

Dog World........ The photographs which illustrate the gestures to be used are excellent.

Deaf Dog Training Guide - Hear Hear