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Getting Started with Deaf Dog Training

Getting Started with Deaf Dog Training

  • Wednesday, March 15, 2023
  • 7:00 PM
  • Saturday, March 15, 2025
  • 8:30 PM
  • Live Webinar: AEDT


  • Paid up members of any membership type
  • PPGA Pet Owner members (non paying members) and members of the public


Presented by Dr Natalie Rogers

It is hard to believe that deaf dogs are still being euthanised, surrendered and refused entry to regular training classes simply because they’re deaf. There is widespread public perception that deaf dogs are more likely to be anxious or aggressive and that training deaf dogs is more difficult than training hearing dogs. Although, training deaf dogs is a little different, it is no more difficult or risky than training hearing dogs.

The purpose of this webinar is to help empower trainers and guardians, giving them theoretical knowledge and practical training strategies to enable them to confidently work with deaf dogs.

Learning Objectives

     Attendees will learn:

* How mammals hear and why deafness occurs in dogs (congenital and presbycusis)
* How to establish a marker system with a deaf dog
* Selecting and teaching effective visual and tactile cues
* Alternatives to an “attention noise”
* Tips for keeping deaf dogs safe

      About The Presenter

      Dr Natalie Rogers is a full-time academic and dog trainer. She has an undergraduate degree in Psychology and Zoology with Honours in Biological Science, and a PhD in Biological Science.

      For her doctoral research, Natalie utilised neuroimaging and the research methods of psychology to investigate complex behavioural sequences of humans, hominins and non-human animals. Natalie has taught biology and psychology at the University of New South Wales (Sydney, Australia) since 2010 and currently lectures on anxiety, stress, mental illness, animal learning and comparative psychology.

      Natalie has completed a Diploma of Canine Behavior Science and Technology, specialising in Aggressive Behaviour, through the Companion Animal Sciences Institute, as well as the Pro Dog Trainer and PDT Geek certificates through Absolute Dogs. She is an accredited member of APDT Australia and a proud member of the PPGA.

      Natalie is a volunteer trainer with Hear No Evil Deaf Dog Rescue Australia and, together with her deaf dog Havoc, is an ambassador for Deaf Dogs Rock.

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