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Date Posted: 13:06:51 07/10/03 Thu
Author: RedWoofs
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Subject: Re: A real challenge
In reply to: Brent 's message, "A real challenge" on 10:31:34 07/09/03 Wed

Hello and Good For You for committing yourself to helping that poor dog. Clearly he needs you. To answer some of your questions:
- about the food aggression: since the dog is hearing impaired, and isn't used to regular meals, I think it will be quite a while before that is overcome. If I was you, I'd feed them separately and keep food down only during watched times or in areas where each can not get in. Ditto w/toys or chewies.
- as for placing him: if he has a "dominant" breed to him, there may be rescues specializing in his kind near you who can help you. If not PetFinder.com is a good place to post his availability.
- as for communicating and not having time to read for full details: that is ok. Just practice using the basics like
stop: hand up
come: gesturing towards you
food: a signal of your choice (getting his own particular bowl out and showing it to him before feeding time may do the trick)
walk: let your fingers do the walking sign!
that kind of thing will at least help
Good Luck To You
and Don't Give Up!

>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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