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Date Posted: 08:04:54 08/18/04 Wed
Author: Jacqui
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Subject: Re: Different Calming Signals for Deaf Dogs??
In reply to: Jenna 's message, "Different Calming Signals for Deaf Dogs??" on 15:59:46 07/10/04 Sat

I have just found this site and need some help too! I have a stone deaf Dogo Argentino, rescued as a 3 month old. He is now 12 months and 100lbs! At home with us he is calm, loving obedient. He understands about 5 hand signals and facial expressions. We are teaching ourselves to train him!We have no problem with him within the family and at home!

The problem is that as a small puppy he was well socialised with other dogs (we have a 4 year old mongrel who is Top Dog at home! ) and people.However in the last few weeks there have been several incidents where he has growled or snapped at people or dogs, so much so that I despair of ever having visitors again!! I want to stamp this out now,before it gets worse but cant get a trainer as I live in the countryside in Greece..there won't be a specialist nearby, thats for sure!

Any ideas? I think its his deafness thats causing the problem and he is now scared in strange situations. I am thinking of getting a crate to keep him safe and away from visitors, but am sad to do this as he is the most affectionate dog we have ever had, despite his size and fearsome appearance.Is this a solution temporarily?

Have you had a similar problem? I'm not sure what you meant by "calming signals". Is there an answer to this?

Thank you for your help..anyone!!

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