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Date Posted: 15:15:06 08/06/03 Wed
Author: Karann
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Subject: Soon to be totally deaf

When we lost our best friend DJ back in 10/00 we thought that was the last dog to enter our lives. We have 2 more dogs and 2 cats. In Jan of 2001 our Motar was born. A pure breed chocolate lab, he is a hand full now.

We just found out that Motar has a birth defect with his ears. His ear canals are the size of that which belongs to a 40lb dog and he is 123lb. His ear are almost totally closed and we were told to take him to a specialist to have the ear canal and ear drum removed from both ears and have the ears closed. He does have a constant discharge from his ears and has since he was 6mo.
I call him my "Wild Boy". He steals everything he can get his mouth on from remote controls to shoes to boxes. If he can reach it, it will be in his mouth. What fears me is that once he is totally deaf, it will be even more difficult to keep him safe.

I have started a new training program for us both using more hand signals than before. He can still hear some for now and he is very smart and learns fast. I hope to have him fully trained before this surgery but am having trouble finding hand signals to use. I know they should not look similar so not to confuse the dog yet I find but a few offered and many are either similar or not practical.
Anyone have any suggestions as to where to find a good varity of hand signals that can be used on a deaf dog?

Thank you kindly

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