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Date Posted: 10:31:34 07/09/03 Wed
Author: Brent
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Subject: A real challenge


I have this dog...that I am actively looking for a home for since I am WAY overbooked! I found him on the street, emaciated, barely able to walk, skin disease, worms, unresponsive to just about anything, and deaf (mostly). He looked about 15 but upon closer inspection I'd guess he is closer to the 5-7 range. I've committed to getting him healty and finging him a good home, so his lack of finishing school polish will be a hinderance. He is back to a healthy size and is looking much healthier now, and is even walking ok. He has clearly never been house trained and I'm sure never slept indoors for that matter. He won't sleep on anything comfortable (blankets, etc). He has few interests other than marking and eating, probably due to realities of street life. He is VERY aggressive with food, as I found out the other day as I tried to remove food he wasn't supposed to get into. Anyhow, he is getting more trusting and interested in affection, he's actually sweet for a dog that was probably ignored in a backyard for his entire life. I need help training him to increase his odds. This is a dog that would not be pulled from 99% of shelters in the country, but I am undeterred, for now. How can I house train him? Crate training? Basic commands? He is old and really past the "I want to pay attention" to you phase. Food aggression? I'm afraid my big dog is going to finish him off over his lack of food dish manners. We've seperated them at dinner time but this issues still remain. He of course cannot hear the growls of warning form other dogs and has gotten in several scuffles with my other dogs, and these guys are NOT scufflers. I may be missing important details but please e-mail me with questions or comments. I want to help but as I am starting a new business do not have the time to learn a new communication method/language and pour through deaf-dog training books! Help,

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