Living with a Blind and/or Deaf Dog

Sharing your life with a blind and/or deaf dog can be rewarding, but can lead to some challenges.

The resources below can help you teach your dog how to navigate his world – and live his life to the fullest.

Suggested Reading

Living with a Deaf Dog: A Book of Advice, Facts and Experiences about Canine Deafness by Susan Cope Becker

Hear! Hear! – A Guide to Training a Deaf Dog by Barry Eaton (available as PDF:

A Deaf Dog Joins the Family by Terrie Hayward

My Dog is Deaf – but Lives Life to the Full! by Jennifer Willms

Living with Blind Dogs, second edition by Caroline Levin

My Dog is Blind – but Lives Life to the Full! by Nicole Horsky

Through A Dark Silence: Loving and Living with Your Blind and Deaf Dog by Debbie Bauer

Blind and/or Deaf Dog Organizations*

Blind and Deaf Dogs Guidebook |

Covers common issues: housetraining, meeting strangers, positive reinforcement, calming methods, etc.

Deaf Dogs Rock |

Adoptions, resources and support for those living with a deaf dog

Deaf Dogs of Oregon |

Advocacy, education and owner-support organization.

Deaf Dog Education Action Fund |

Education and funding resource for the purpose of improving or saving the lives of deaf dogs

Amazing Aussies Lethal White Rescue of Arizona |

Adoptions, rescue and educational resources for blind and/or deaf dogs.

Australian Shepherds Furever |

Guidance and education for owners with blind and/or deaf Australian Shepherds.

Association of Professional Dog Trainers |

Use the “Locate a Trainer” search tool to find a dog trainer in your area.

*The Oregon Humane Society is not affiliated with any of the organizations listed and is not responsible for the services offered. This is not a complete list. We encourage you to reach out to organizations on your own ask for details about training methods and practices. We recommend trainers that use force-free, positive reinforcement based training.

Need help? Call our free pet behavior help line at (503) 416-2983.