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Date Posted: 14:06:29 04/22/04 Thu
Author: Noofies
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Subject: Re: Books came in
In reply to: Griff Thomasson and Maggie 's message, "Books came in" on 07:30:07 04/22/04 Thu

Yes, "watch me" or "look at me" training IS very important. It's the first thing I teach, and it's something I practice every day with every dog, even with my older adults. There's some helpful information about teaching this at http://www.catatonic.freeservers.com/penny/deafdogs.html.

And you're absolutely right about class being mostly for the handler. Training of the dog takes place outside of class, in practice sessions. Class is really for the handler, to learn how to handle/train the dog.

It sounds like you're going to be just fine. I think you'll discover, as your pup grows, that the relationship that you develop with her is different - deeper, more intimate - than the relationship(s) you've had with any hearing dog(s) that came before her. Many first-time deaf dog owners turn into life-long deaf dog owners. I know I can't imagine my life without at least one deaf dog in it!

> Yesterday the books came in that we had ordered "
>Living with a Deaf dog" was very helpfull , helps us
>to understand --
> This is a sepecial needs dog - what are the special
>needs -
>Check this out and see if I am missing anything
>1- extra security , saftey-
>2 lots of love and rewards in training - using hand
>signals - my wife and I are signing each other to make
>sure we are using the same signs !!!
>3 patience and persistance !!!!
>4 Look at me training is very important !!!

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