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Date Posted: 00:30:56 04/27/04 Tue
Author Host/IP: 188.8.131.52
Subject: Re: Deaf Competition Dogs
In reply to:
's message, "Deaf Competition Dogs" on 00:20:24 04/25/04 Sun
None of my dogs have any 'useful hearing'. In fact, at an AKC-sanctioned match, when the judge realized I was competing in Novice obedience with a deaf dog, we were excused from the ring. So, phrrrrrbt! on the AKC.
UKC allows deaf dogs to compete in any event except conformation. Guess who got my LP registration fees? (All my dogs are rescues.)
I took a rally-O class with my older Setter and she really enjoyed herself and did very well. My Dogo Argentino was excellent in her beginning agility class. But finding time to take classes and train is impossible right now; I rescue, have a house full of rescue dogs, and spend all my "free time" doing basic socialization and manners training. My dogs do therapy visits at a nursing home, but performance competition isn't in our time "budget".
When I have fulfilled my obligation to the rescue dogs currently in my care, I intend to foster only one dog at a time and hopefully will be able to resume regular activities with my own dogs, including competition. My younger setter would probably enjoy tracking, and I'd like to try carting with my American Bulldog.
(My "houseful" of dogs includes 8 deaf dogs - 4 are mine, 4 are fosters. It also includes these little ones, currently 10 days old (their mom was too pregnant to spay when she came in):
>Does anyone else here compete in performance events
>with their deaf dogs? If so, what do you compete in,
>and how, if at all, have you trained/showed
>differently due to your pups deafness?
>I currently am showing my 14 month old deaf Sheltie in
>APDT Rally-O and just starting in AKC agility. AKC
>doesn't allow totally deaf dogs to compete, but the
>dog must have "useful hearing," which is described as
>any hearing. My sheltie hears loud noises out of one
>ear, enough to be considered "useful hearing." So,
>we're competing in AKC agility, although I run him as
>though he were stone deaf. I am hoping one day AKC
>will allow spayed/neutered deaf dogs to compete, if
>they can abide by the same rules as the other dogs.
>I'd be interested in reading how others with deaf dogs
>are doing out in the competition world.
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