How do you call a Deaf Dog?

The joke say it doesn't matter he won't come anyway. But seriously, what if the dog (or whatever) is really deaf or the handler is mute? Then what? How can you get your pet's attention and alert them to stop or return to you?

About 3 years ago, my friend came to me with this dilemma when Jake, her very old Siberian Husky was loosing his hearing. She usually kept Jake in a large fenced property but when he decided to chase a rabbit, get loose, jump the fence, head onto the roadway, etc. He would be so focused or distracted that no amount of calling would get his attention.

I solved her dilema then with a Deaf Dog Caller Collar. The great thing about this idea is with a bit of training my friend found the dog would at least stop, change focus momentarily, look around for my friend and usually return, even if at his leisure for a treat.

For this Instructable, I built my second unit so it only took me less than 1 hour to locate everything I needed and less than 3 hours to finish the building.

Step 1: Background to the Dog Caller Collar

This instructable is a medium difficulty Instructable, about 1 to 3 hours building time, to convert a Remote Control Toy (a car) into a vibrating dog caller collar. Distance range for this to project is limited by the quality of toy used.

Further information can be fond at this website DeafDogs.org. They sell manufactured vibrating dog collar units. Some of these units go up to a mile away but you may find this out of your budget. This site also suggests making your own unit much cheaper similar to what I did for this instructable. However they didn't write an instructable for it.

This simple remote control could be slightly modified to control many other applications.

If you build this with a light rather than a vibrating motor you can find your night wandering pet much easier, is just one example.

Note: 'Jake' has since passed and so 'Rusty' has volunteered to model the Deaf Dog Caller Collar. He says, "Please send cookies!"
<p>Damn good idea! My dog has gone deaf. He likes to wander off to do his &quot;business&quot; in the woods. We have lots of woods. He's old too so I think he ends up wandering more than he used to. Sometimes we can't find him and he has to spend the night outside and the next day if he doesn't show up before we leave for work. Last week he was gone for a day and a half during a big storm and after he showed back up he was acting &quot;shell shocked&quot; for 2 days. I figure he had another seizure which he is prone to; especially during storms. The deafness has helped with his fear of loud noises though, but I think it's depressing him too.</p><p>So, vibrating collar cool. How hard to make a collar flash a bright LED and whistle? Just wondering in case the vibrating collar scares him instead of making him come out of those dense woods. We never can find him it's so think in the summer.</p>
I'd still keep the 'buzzer' connected so dog feels something that may send him home, you can likely connect a bell rather than a buzzer so the vibration is for him and the bell is for you. For him/her it doesn't require much of a feel just enough to get through the fur. or use a bright LED (uses less power than light bulb) with a 360 degrees shine you can see him from quite far in the open. Comfort of knowing you are close (with treats) and all should comfort him. If the dog is a fair size then you may want to increase the battery load. Just duplicate what your toy needed and connect it in parallel across the original batteries. You won't get more voltage but will same have same power twice as long. <br>As for scaring him, the buz is not intended to be harmful or bothersome as you'll keep it short, nothing more than a 'tap' to him, if you teach him the buzzer while relaxing and petting, by a short buzz followed by his favorite treat or toy appear, or just some loving reward from you. It shouldn't be enough to rattle him as he won't quite realize where it comes from, just a quick touch that he will learn to associate from you. We are hoping that the buz will eventually snap his brain to the treat, or you. You may need to use it routinely so he doesn't forget.
<p>Thanks! One of my dogs needs this for manual check ins on hikes and I was hoping to not have to support shock collar companies just to be able to have a vibrating collar. I'm not able to buy shock collars anyways because of a pledge I took as an animal behavior professional. Now I don't have to break my pledge. :)</p>
Would it be easy enough to incorporate a camera flash for a non-deaf dog and have 2 functions. 1 for vibration to warn him and 2 for zapping him when he didn't mind... Please don't think of this as animal cruelty. I don't know if a camera flash would be too strong or if maybe you could adjust the intensity.
I think something like this would be beneficial if added to <a href="http://asmalldogsworld.com/small-dog-collars" rel="nofollow">small dog collars</a>. I had a little dog that was deaf when I was a kid and we would have loved having something like this. Thanks for sharing.
Your half way to making a remote control dog LOL
&nbsp;Cute Doggie, my doggies tounge sticks out like that to!
The joke is &quot;How do you call a deaf <strong>cat</strong>?&quot;&nbsp;&quot;It doesn't matter. He won't come anyway.&quot;&nbsp;<br />
problem with dog collar devices is their size. I have small dogs and would love something like this to distract them when they are off lead. how about the thing that makes a cell phone vibrate?
Size can matter after all. But r/c toys now come in toy cars about 1-2" (won't likely find them in a junk store). If you are into electronics at all there are lots of motors, vibrators etc that can be wired. The only reason I used pre-built toys is the cost and that the modules are compatible.
Aww, as a fellow dog lover I'm sorry that your dog has passed. I think my dog might be on the verge of pushing up daisies, actually.
*One of my dogs (I have 3)
"The car must be the kind that does not run the motor unless or until you make the transmitter send a signal." This is not true at all... I actually just made a similar device using the above mentioned type. All it requires is a diode. Just some info. Cheers
While I agree this is possible, I thought it would be too technically detailed than the project required. Where would you suggest the diode be placed in the circuit and what type?
Well first you have to find out which way the current flows when the switch is not pressed by using the diode at one of the motor terminals. The diode will be placed the correct way when the motor does not run until you press the remote button. soldier and you're done.
Cool concept. I like it. I've been thinking the same for our cat.
And what happens when your dog goes swimming?<br/><br/>You need to take a serious look at how you're waterproofing this thing.<br/><br/>In commercial collars, the electronics is embedded in epoxy, the case is filled with silicone, and the openings are sealed with O-rings. Even then, a lot of users will wrap the entire thing in electricians tape.<br/><br/><a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.terrierman.com/tapecollar.htm">Taping a collar</a><br/><br/>
You're right. If your dog is a swimmer a better waterproofing/taping job the better. If it's a dry land animal then waterproof for rain. Judge according to your specific environment. With Jake it was farmers fields in summer and snow in winter.
yeah but i dont really think anything smaller than a car battery is enough to put your pet in danger at all, even then a "regular" car battery may not even do anything in relation to the size of the dog. The worst that can happen is the electronics can get fried. Just simply epoxy the damn thing shut and be done with it!
There have been dogs who have been very seriously burned by shorting electronic collars. There's a lot of energy in those little batteries. Don't believe me? Take a pair of NiCad 9 volts and plug them into each other, and see how long you can hold on to them. Make sure, though, that you do it where they're not going to land on something flammable when you drop them.
Keep in mind that there are collars made to actually shock dogs remotely to train them. They would likely have more 'electric juice' in them. The pair of 9v batteries demo is a bit off as well. My motor actually worked with 2 AA batteries but the holder held 4. In this case I would think the circuit would likely just short out and die. Nobody around here wants to wear this one in the bathtub, especially me. A will agree about some of the power of a 9Vdc battery though as I've put one in my pocket that also had a few coins. It does give off enough heat to burn skin.
"A will agree about some of the power of a 9Vdc battery though as I've put one in my pocket that also had a few coins. It does give off enough heat to burn skin." I've done that as well. The looks you get when you suddenly go; "Ow! My pocket is burning!" lol
There's more than twice as much energy in a AA as in a 9V. Compare the mAh ratings:<br/><br/>9V * 220 mAh = 1.98 Wh<br/>1.5V * 2700 mAh = 4.05 Wh<br/><br/>And the question isn't whether you're going to jump in a bath with it on, but whether your dog is going to roll in a puddle or run through a sprinkler. You can't tell your dog to stay dry, and your dog can't take the thing off, should it start to burn.<br/><br/>
That xtra cell phone that can be set to vibrate if we have the xtra cash to keep it activated each month. Good battery life an with Xtra battery just swap out.
great idea! big Q...what is the range? i have deerhounds they can cover a lot of ground fast! i can't:-( also i have issues with them being barky at others in the car, they have trashed the interior, aargh! a buzz may remind them of manners;-) some days a zap! would also be handy though.
Good point. The range is totally dependent of the quality of the RC toy. If you use a cheap toy like I did, single function speed only, it may work for 100 yards or so. If you pay more, as in higher end toys you could likely go 1/4 mile plus possibly even 'non-line of sight'. If you go Used you can use a beat up toy as long as the motor and transmitter works, thus it's rather inexpensive. Disadvantage is that with new, distance, sophistication and power adds to the cost. Advantage of sophistication is you could likely modify slightly to have multiple functions ie, buzzer to alert the dog, bell to hear the dog if you can't see him, and even a light to find the dog in the dark or watch where he is going. Good luck.
An excellent instructable, and should be very helpful. We do dog rescue, usually about 30 dogs, most old or otherwise unadoptable, but we always have a few Dalmatians, and at least half of our older ones are deaf. With our fencing, safety isn't an issue since most are never going anywhere else. However, we picked up a 4-month old deaf Dalmatian puppy last week, really great & quite adoptable, so we're starting on some hand signal training soon. This should make it MUCH easier and give her new owners, eventually, a really great tool. Your instructions are PERFECT. Now I just have to scrounge up an old RC toy somewhere and get to work. Preferably a small toy, since she's still a puppy. Many thanks!
YES! My little Bobby (Short for Bobble Head ... he's special.) is completely deaf. I looked at retail prices & they're expensive! Needed a DIY option! <3
Yeah, I thought about the size factor. Def have to go with a tiny little somethin' or other.
Cute dog. With his size you'll likely need a smaller version, therefore smallest toy you can find. There are some micro-bot cars (don't know what kind of range) available for about $20-30 new and I see no reason it won't work. Good Luck
'lil Bob
What is a project without it (duct tape)?<br/><br/>It's just not a project at all. (see math formula below)<br/><br/>Whole buncha tools + some tech stuff - duct tape = ?????<br/>
If your dog has a larger amount of hair and doesnt feel this try using a lead weight with a odd shape instead of the cut gear.
Inventive, potentially life-saving idea! It could spare some owners of deaf dogs from heartache. Rusty is an adorable model. Of course, I am biased because he resembles my dog.
Thanks for the kind words. It could also work well for a deaf owner, I'd think. Email me anytime.
Great project... Now all I need is a deaf dog! %-)
nice one my dog hates I mean loves it
You should consider changing the title of this one. The point is that you made a collar for a deaf dog, not that you used a RC car to do it, right? Something like "Vibrating Deaf Dog Collar"
Great thought. Done!
Excellent idea. I don't even have a deaf dog and I'm tempted to build one. This (or the commercial version) could also work for deaf humans in a kind of "Hey bro, look over here so I can sign something" way, though with vibrating cell phones I guess that's kind of solved already. I suppose that could work for dogs too as a high class version, but even though prepaid phones are cheap service costs over time.
Or even the baseball 1st base coach letting the 3rd base coach know the 'steal' is on... without having the signal picked off.
Great idea! I do have a deaf Bull Terrier. I like the thought that you aren't shocking them, just vibrating enough to get their attention. You might want to submit it to: www.deafdogs.org
They've got some instructions (though without pictures) for a similar one here: <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.deafdogs.org/resources/vibracollar.php">http://www.deafdogs.org/resources/vibracollar.php</a><br/>
Thanks Actually I already had provided a link in Step 1 (paragraph 2) to that very article.
I'm going to do just that. I had provided a link to them in step 1, but you're right they may want to link here as well.
better than using a BB gun.
You evil man. By the way i remodeled your house:

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