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Date Posted: 13:06:16 04/22/04 Thu
Author: Noofies
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Subject: Re: Rescued pup
In reply to: Kathi 's message, "Re: Rescued pup" on 07:18:38 04/19/04 Mon


Roscoe just needs some training. First, he shouldn't be sleeping in your bed, he should be sleeping in a crate. Here's a good link on crate training: http://www.epicimagesphotography.com/housetraining.htm He may need to sleep in a crate - and should definitely be crated when you can't actively supervise him - until he's 1.5-2 years old.

As far as the cats go, I've got a houseful including a number of bully-types. I rescue and foster, and not every dog is a cat lover off the bat. But unless they're incredibly prey-driven they can be taught to leave the cats alone. (I've rescued over 80 dogs and I've only had ONE that couldn't be taught to be safe with the cats.) The first thing is to put a leash on him, attach the handle to your belt, and make him go everywhere with you. That way you can correct him if he starts to go after a cat - just reel him back in, give him a sign for "leave it!", and have him look at you/focus on you for a few seconds. If you need help in training "watch me"/focus, here's how: http://catatonic.freeservers.com/penny/deafdogs.html. Just don't let him chase cats, period. It sounds like he's a very smart little guy who'll get the idea pretty quickly.

If you absolutely *must* give him up, PLEASE have him neutered before you do so and investigate any potential adopter thoroughly - vet and personal reference checks, even a home visit if you can, to ensure he doesn't end up with dog fighters.

A private lesson or two with a good trainer might give you all the tools you need to train Roscoe to be a well-behaved member of your pack. You don't need a deaf dog trainer, you just need a good trainer. I would suggest you look at the American Pet Dog Trainers site for a trainer near you: http://www.apdt.com

>Well, I wish everything was still rosy today :(
>Roscoe is a GOOD dog. But he's not going to be a good
>dog for our family. We have two cats and a Jack
>Russell (tiny dog). Roscoe by all indications has
>never seen a cat and is endlessly fascinated by tails
>and backsides, and he wants to eat them (and although
>he's still small could probably kill one, and tried to
>on Saturday or so my husband says. I think he was just
>playing, the cat got out of hand, and he reacted the
>way any dog would to claws and teeth and gray fur in
>your nose.) He objects strenuously to our JRT's habit
>of burrowing under the blankets at night, too - he
>spent all last night trying to bite her, HARD, for
>doing so, until I finally put her out (didn't dare put
>him out, not knowing the damage he might cause.)
>Sure, given time, we might train it out of him - but
>he might hurt our littles in the process. :( Better to
>give him to someone without littles to begin with, we
>think. So we're in search of an excellent, pit-loving,
>deafie-loving home for him.
>He is INCREDIBLY smart, and he does want to be
>obedient (on anything not involving the littles!).
>I've taught him the basics of "come here" - not
>reliably yet, of course, it needs practice but if I
>stomp my foot and wave he comes about 80% of the time
>with no hot dog. Not bad for knowing me only two days!
>He "sort of" gets "look at me". He knows "no" but
>doesn't always stop the behavior. He's learning "sit",
>too. He walks fairly nicely on a leash, too, because I
>stand there when he pulls (can't handle a pulling dog,
>so pull = no go! they learn).
>There's a guy up the street who used to breed pits,
>and knows a bit about deaf dogs. He talked to Bobby
>about him the other day. He MIGHT want Roscoe. If not,
>I'm going to see if there is a Pit rescue locally. If
>anyone here is of the praying sort, please pray that
>we find a good home for him quickly. I'm *not* going
>to let this sweet baby go to somewhere unless I know
>it's going to be an excellent place for him.

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