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Date Posted: 14:09:56 12/26/04 Sun
Author: Kristin
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Subject: Re: 1 yr old deaf Jack Russell Terrier
In reply to: Michelle 's message, "1 yr old deaf Jack Russell Terrier" on 01:41:31 12/26/04 Sun

Hi Michelle,

Deaf dog organizations always recommend that deaf dogs never be allowed off lead except in totally fenced areas. There's no way to totally ensure a deaf dog's safety off-lead.

If the park you're talking about is totally fenced, then I'd suggest going to an obedience trainer (again, an all-positive trainer), and learning how to train off-lead. There are many, many steps to it, so I can't tell you on-line. Depending on the dog, it can take one to two years to develop good off-lead control.

Also, consider getting a vibrating collar. Go to Ddeaf.com. They list all the vibrating collars on the market, and their pros and cons. A gerat site for training info.

Everyone, please know that the number one cause of death in deaf dogs is getting hurt in off-lead situations. These babies CANNOT go off-lead outside a fenced area. If they get distracted, they will not look back to you. They will be gone, across the road, chasing that rabbit. There's nothing you can do to stop it. Nothing. Please, please, please - no deaf dogs off leashes outside of fenced areas!

This rule, BTW, is good for hearing dogs as well. I can't tell you how many dogs have come through my training classes and the owners have said, "He never leaves my unfenced yard." I argue with the owners about this, but they refuse to yield. Months later, I see the owners and the dogs are dead - hit by a car because the dog left the property for whatever reason.

I'm not talking a few dogs here, either. Many, many dogs. Please listen and don't allow your babies off lead outside of a fenced area. In fact, I can't think of one dog in my class where the owner argued about allowing their dog off-lead outside a fenced area that DIDN'T die by getting hit by a car within months of class. Not one! Scary statistics, considering I have trained hundreds and hundreds of owners/dogs.

However, Michelle, if the park is enclosed, you can certianly work with your Jack Russell for some off-lead control.

Good luck.


>We have a very sweet but hyper Jack Russell Terrier.
>She just turned 1 and is completely deaf in both ears.
> Im trying to train her off leash in the park. Any

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