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Date Posted: 16:53:11 06/28/04 Mon
Author Host/IP: 126.96.36.199
Subject: Re: Our new boy!
In reply to:
's message, "Re: Our new boy!" on 21:24:23 06/27/04 Sun
Thanks for the encouragment Kristin. Luckily, I have the best trainer/training facility in the world! The use the Volhard Motivational Method, which is definitely positive. As luck would have it, one of the instructors called me tonight about getting one of my other dogs into a class. He's starting a class mid July that would be perfect for Spenser. I trust Bill completely to adapt to both Spenser's abuse/neglect issues and his hearing issues.
>Congrats on the new baby, Barb! Sounds like you're a
>great home for him. You're doing everything right,
>including already having scheduled a private with your
>I have not worked with an abused/neglected deaf dog -
>only hearing ones. My only advice would be to make
>sure the training is ALL positive. No collar pops,
>nose slaps, etc. Really no corrections of any kind.
>Formerly abused dogs don't thrive under the old
>"force" method of training. Depending on where you
>are in the US, you're trainer may or may not be all
>positive. Where I live, it's about a decade behind in
>training, so here most trainers live in what I
>consider the "dark ages" of training and still use
>force training. Not good for a formerly abused dog.
>You're probably in more a more doggie enlightened part
>of the country and won't have this issue.
>Agility is a wonderful sport with which to get
>involved with your deaf dog. Trained properly, it's
>an all positive sport your little guy will enjoy, and
>it can help build his confidence, which he probably
>will need to do. But, as a professional agility
>instructor myself, I am a little biased in that regard!
>Again, congrats on your new baby!
>>I'm so excited to have found this message board and am
>>hoping for lots of advice and support. We just
>>adopted our third dog. The first is a female 2 1/2
>>year old BC/Aussie shep cross, our second is a female
>>2 yo pure BC from a Border Collie rescue. We just
>>added a 10 month old deaf BC cross male from the same
>>rescue. He's come from a collector situation where he
>>was horribly neglected. I'm wondering if anyone has
>>trained a deaf dog who was also abused or neglected.
>>Spenser is a darling doggie, very, very sweet. He's
>>been trained by his foster family and knows the signs
>>for sit, come and is learning down. They've done a
>>little work on a v collar. He is very interested in
>>agility as the other dogs in his foster home compete.
>>Here's a link to him, scroll down to special needs.
>>He is an adorable dog, who is still a bit stand offish
>>So, he obviously needs to bond with us, which we are
>>working on. This will be the first step to get his
>>attention on us. I have a private lesson scheduled
>>with our trainer but would appreciate any advice until
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