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Date Posted: 16:02:01 09/12/03 Fri
Author: mary taylor
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Subject: Re: Please Help/Fear-Aggression in Deaf White Boxer
In reply to: Liz Cunningham 's message, "Please Help/Fear-Aggression in Deaf White Boxer" on 00:12:29 09/10/03 Wed

My second deaf white boxer, adopted at 6 mos, was very similar to yours. He had no training and little socialization before I adopted him. I am program director for a humane society training center so had a lot of resources around to help. It has been real tough going at times but he is now doing great. The positive reinforcement/association training is a must. I also highly recommend using a Gentle Leader head halter for walks and any situation where he gets overstimulated-in the house or out. The GL really made a huge difference - not only for controlled leash walking, but in stimulating self confidence and control. It typically brings over stimulted dogs down a notch or two so they can find their brains. Does he get enough exercise? I taught my guy a 'chill out' exercise: he loves to tug and to chase a lunge whip with a rag on the end. He must sit before starting and give the toy up when requested, get himself under control, sit and wait til I start the game again. This teaches self control.
I've not used medication for behavioral issues to date-but thought about it. Would love to hear how it works for you both.

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