Jack Russell Terrier Club of America - JRTCA Preserve, Protect and Work the Jack Russell Terrier

Deaf Jack Russell Terriers

In order to train a deaf Jack Russell Terrier, it is important to work on the following:

  • Condition the terrier to react benignly whenever anything startles it
  • Teach the terrier to respond to hand signals as if they were verbal commands
  • Get the terrier to consistently watch you (the owner)
  • Use Hand Signals
  • Reward your terrier for paying attention to you
  • Reward the terrier with food every time it does something right - then move toward more random rewards
  • Emphasize the "come" command
  • Desensitize the terrier so that it will not be startled
    • give treat when terrier wakes up
    • pat terrier from behind - then reward
  • Always know where your deaf terrier is located
  • Always walk on a leash
  • Best if you have multiple pets (deaf terrier can takes cues from others)

Training deaf terriers - http://www.deafdogs.org/