we have three dogs.........one fawn male who can hear perfectly when he wants to.........and two deaf whites. one male and one female. all rescues.
Zuki is our female...she will be nine years old in August. Moby is our male...he is 9 months old.
training our deaf dogs isn't much different than training a hearing dog once you teach them to look at you. if it was too difficult to train them...believe me...i would never have adopted a second deaf dog. i can tell you that having a deaf dog isn't for a lazy person.LOL. instead of calling your dog you have to get up and go tap them on the shoulder to get their attention. but it's good exercise for me. sometimes you can stomp on the floor to get their attention but sometimes that can scare a dog that has been bounced around and landed in the shelter.
the first thing i taught our deaf dogs is to look at me when they are tapped on the shoulder or the top of their head. to do that....everytime they looked at me....i had a treat ready for them. i wear a treat bag on my hip at all times. it's a part of me. once they have learned to look at you for a cue or signal...you can teach them just about anything.
there were two books that helped me a lot...one was LIVING WITH A DEAF DOG By Susan Cope Becker. and the other was HEAR, HEAR GUIDE TO TRAINING A DEAF PUPPY By Barry Eaton.
also...if you go to www.deafdogs.org
there is a wealth of information and reference material there.
we use standard obedience/utility hand signals for our dogs but sometimes need to make up our own, too.
since we've had a deaf dog for almost 9 years.......all the signs/signals are part of our daily routine now. we don't even remember our dogs are deaf half of the time. we don't give it a second thought. they are happy, well-mannered dogs......that love life.
i say ... go for it....
there aren't many good homes for deaf dogs and if you are willing to commit to this little girl...you will be rewarded with a wonderful dog that is totally in tune with you!
let us know how it goes!