Riley is doing so well! She is just over 3 months old and knows the hand signals for sit, lay down, drop (a toy), look at me ( I need your full attention), speak, come, and "all done" (meaning we are done doing tricks and I'm not giving you any more treats right now!
) We are working on roll over and I have a few bite marks on my arms to prove it! She's not a big fan of that trick. "Shake" seems to be going fairly well. I'm a little worried that I'm doing too much too soon but she's like a little sponge soaking up new things. If we are in the middle of a training session and she looks bored or really confused then I'll stop. I usually work with her at least twice a day, 10 minutes each time. It's funny when we're around people that talk with their hands. Riley will sit there and watch their hands intently, then look at me like she's thinking "What do they want me to do?"
She also knows to go to the door if she needs to go potty. She only had a few potty accidents in the first 2 weeks she was here and no more accidents since. She got used to my schedule of getting up at 5 am, so even on my days off she will bark to wake me up and take her out.
The first trainer I had called told me she was willing to work with deaf dogs and then blew me off so I found another trainer willing to work with us. He says he doesn't take puppies under 5 months old so in September/October we will start her official obedience training. I'm pretty excited about it. If she does well then I'm thinking about taking her to an obedience trial type of thing that they have just for deaf dogs. I know, I'm getting WAY ahead of myself here, but everything she learns is so exciting. I'm so proud that my deaf puppy is learning faster than I had ever imagined she would.