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Date Posted: 22:51:03 06/01/05 Wed
Author: Kristin
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Subject: Re: Possibly putting my Aussie up for adoption
In reply to: Pat 's message, "Possibly putting my Aussie up for adoption" on 21:37:16 06/01/05 Wed

I would suggest getting to private obedience lessons first. Look for an all-positive trainer, as that's very important with deaf dogs. Also look for someone who is capable of dealing with aggression. There are actually very few trainers who know how to deal successfully with aggression. If what your trainer is suggesting doesn't show progress in six months, switch trainers. Also, don't do anything in the way of harsh corrections or punishments to deal with this behavior. It will only make the problem worse.

Putting this dog up for adoption may not be the best thing. Most dogs that show aggressions are put to sleep. If you go this route, don't take the dog to a shelter. Get in touch with an Aussie Breed rescue group. They will probably be more able to help the dog. Go to AKC.org and click on breeds to find a rescue group, or do a google search for Austrailan Shepherd Rescue. Also, google the Austrailan Shepherd Club of America (ASCA) and see if they have a rescue group page off of their homepage.

I hope you try to work the issue out yourself. Your dog may be experiencing fear aggression, and you can overcome this. A good trainer can tell what type of aggression you're dealing with, and then go about solving the problem based on the diagnosis.

Good luck.

>I have a 2 year old deaf Aussie. We got her when she
>was 10 weeks old, we did not know she was deaf. It
>didnít take long to figure out there was a problem,
>but she was so sweet we kept her anyway. In the
>beginning she was great, I took her to work every day
>at a nursing home, all the residents just loved her
>and she had a great time there. Then at about 10
>months old she suddenly began barking at children
>coming into the building. Then at other pets coming
>in. We had been in puppy school and obedience class,
>and she was doing well, but her barking an aggressive
>tendencies caused me to stop taking her, as she was a
>distraction to others in the class, and people were
>afraid of her. She has never bitten anyone, but she
>is so aggressive in the barking and lunging that it is
>impossible to take her anywhere. Going to the vet is
>a nightmare of anxiety for her (and me as well). I
>don't know if it would be best to put her up for
>adoption to someone that really knows how to work with
>this kind of issue, or what, it is just such a
>struggle to keep trying.
>I feel like I am in over my head, yet I am afraid that
>someone else may not be patient just donít know what
>to do. Any suggestion on how I would go about putting
>her up for adoption and not feel incredibly guilty for
>not being up to the task of keeping her?

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