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Date Posted: 20:34:22 05/12/04 Wed
Author: Beth
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Subject: Re: deaf puppy
In reply to: joice finn 's message, "deaf puppy" on 05:08:52 12/08/03 Mon

It is very important to teach a puppy, any puppy, to deal with the word no, to understand that everything does not happen when they want it to. If this is not done you have an adult dog who has no tolerance for frustration and that can be a dangerous thing.
My deaf boxer who died in January had this problem. I got him at 4 years old and battled with him his entire life. He had never been shown any sort of limitations, never been told no, had basically been coddled. By the time I got him at 4 years old he was explosive at times.
He had zero tolerance for anything frustrating to him. For example, one day I caught him with his nose in the trash can. I tapped him on the rear to get his attention and then shook my finger at him, that was all. He sulked into the other room and attacked the first dog he saw.
This is not uncommon as you might think. This type of problem happens with dogs who are allowed instant gratification and do not realize that sometimes the answer is no.
It is important to get this puppy into an obedience class, teach him some self control by asking for a sit or down before feedings, at the door to go out or in, to be let out of his crate. You can employ this sort of technique to almost every interaction you have with him. Teach him nothing is free and his good behavior earns him rewards.
There is a great book that discusses this in detal called "Agression in Dogs" by Brenda Aloff. It does not specifically talk about deaf dogs but it does talk about the mistakes owners make raising their dogs and how to prevent future behavior.
Good Luck with your puppy.
Mid Michigan Boxer Rescue

>i have a deaf puppy and i am having alot of trouble
>with her behavior. i think i may have spoiled her and
>now i am having to live with the consequences. how do
>you correct a deaf dog. i dont believe in hitting and
>on the few occasions where i have tried to give her a
>little hit on the nose or hip as a correction she
>didnt have a clue what it was all about. i have 5
>other dogs and she is the absolute worst puppy i have
>ever had. she really is in her own little world and
>just as happy as she can be. she is getting more and
>more destructive as she gets older. she really is a
>wild child. any advice...i wont consider getting rid
>of her, or tieing her up

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