Books on Deaf Dogs

Living With A Deaf Dog

by Susan Cope-Becker

The first of its kind, and based on the author’s firsthand experience of living with a deaf dog, her own Boston Terrier. Includes research on the topic of canine deafness, how-to’s for training and communicating, plus collected personal experiences of deaf dog owners from all over the world. Contents: getting and keeping the deaf dog’s attention, over 25 hand signs (some illustrated), training and safety tips, testing a dog for deafness at home, BAER testing/what, where and why, genetics of canine deafness, deaf dog myths (aggression and brain damage), stories about deaf dogs from their owners, resources for products, books, organizations, and an opportunity to assist in deaf dog research.

Hear, Hear! A Guide To Training A Deaf Puppy

by Barry Eaton

Ideas for getting attention, teaching basic commands, help and encouragement you’ll appreciate if you have taken on a deaf puppy! (This book is geared more toward training a puppy, but still has good information if your dog is older.)

 

Amazing Gracie

by Dan Dye & Mark Beckloff

This is the story of Gracie, a deaf and partially blind mostly white Great Dane with a delicate constitution and penchant for small miracles. In the middle of a bitter Kansas City winter, Dan would save the loneliest pup in the litter, Gracie. And over the next ten years, Gracie would save Dan – helping him learn the meaning of happiness. Dan teaches himself how to cook (since Gracie has an anorexia-producing dislike for commercial dog food), and within three days is baking her the cookies that will transform their lives. If you like dogs, this is a good book. If you are privileged enough to live with a deaf dog, you will love it.

 

The Pocket Dictionary Of Signing

by Rod R. Butterworth, Mickey Flodin

This book is the most complete pocket guide to basic American Sign Language. It’s small enough to carry with you.

 

Random House Dictionary

by Elaine, Ph.D. Costello, et al

This is a larger ASL dictionary, with more than 5,600 words (it would come in handy for learning ASL as well). This book contains a lot of cross-references, and related words, which makes it easier to find just the sign you are looking for. There are both a drawing and written instructions for each entry