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Date Posted: 22:05:06 08/04/03 Mon
Author: Pixie
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Subject: Re: Need help on not startling deaf dog
In reply to: RedWoofs 's message, "Need help on not startling deaf dog" on 18:46:35 06/25/03 Wed

I know you posted this message a while ago but I just found this message board and thought I'd share my experience with my 5 month old American Bulldog mix who is totally deaf. We made "startling" a fun game by giving her a treat every time we had to wake her or touch her without her knowing we were there. The object is to make being startled a fun thing by being associated with a treat or other goody. Kaia now might jump if she doesn't know I'm there but she immediately looks around for her treat. We have now dropped the treats and her reward is a big smile and lots of petting and ear scratches. When I wake her I always touch her in the same spot (especially when we first got her) lightly. I used the same treat method and now she wakes up with a tail wag and ready to give kisses with a sleepy face not a startled wide eyed "ohmygod what was that?" look. It seems to work really well but then again Kaia is an absolute pig:) Now being startled is a pleasant experience. I don't know if this will work for you but it certaintly helped my puppy learn that surprises mean good things.

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