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Date Posted: 20:50:02 04/18/04 Sun
Author: Griff Thomasson and Maggie( puppy)
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Subject: Day two update
In reply to: Kristin 's message, "Re: biting ???" on 19:14:44 04/18/04 Sun

Well - day two of us learning how to work with a deaf puppy ---- Thanks so much with the advice on the toys - we will do that ---- we are signed up for the puppy class at petsmart - just so happens that one of the girls there has a deaf dane - all thier work is with hand signals - I must say that we feel so much better with a little understanding of what is going on !!! I am not sure if this is the correct way to reply to a post here - if not please bear with me --- I am old enough to know to ask from peolpe who have had some experience with this matter ! So please feel free to jump in --
Things accomplished so far yesterday we worked on come and sit with hand signals , ok and I love you signs - she will move come on command and sit on command - after rereading all the material last night we worked today on look at me --- eye contact - we are getting there-
We ordered all the recommended books today - can,t wait to read them --- we are luck that we live in a somewhat rual setting on the coast of NC no traffic as we are at the end of the road , we have an acre lot and 2 big koi ponds in our back yard- we need to fence the place in anyway because of the ponds so we will get that done asap--
I will keep you guys updated on whats going on ! Thanks for sharing !!!!
>You didn't mention in your post, but I find with my
>students that the dogs are doing the nipping most when
>the students are using their hands as "toys." That
>is, they're playing with the dog with hands only - no
>toy held in a hand. This teaches the dog that your
>hands are toys and bitable, which, of course, they're
>So, first off, always have toys in your hands when
>playing with your dog. Puppies nip and bite, which
>they may do to the toy. If during play or any other
>time, the pup bites you, your clothes or your hair,
>(even on accident) you act as if it really hurt.
>Immediately drop the toy you're playing with and quit
>playing. Walk away. Ignore the dog. You may resume
>playing in a few minutes, if you desire.
>If you are consisitant, the biting will stop. I
>emphasis consistant. Everyone in the house must do
>this technique EVERY TIME.
>If, over three weeks, there is no sign of improvement,
>then you can look at adding a water bottle and
>squirting the pup when he bites (timing here is
>The best advice is to go to a good trainer. This is
>only one of several issues all puppy owners have to
>deal with. A qualified trainer can help you with this
>and all the other issues you will encounter as you
>begin life with your new puppy. Check out the
>DDEAF.com website for information on training and how
>to find a qualfied trainer.
>Congratulations on your new baby!
>We have a 10 week old Dal puppy that is deaf - we
>>found out for sure last Friday --- we have had her
>>for 3 weeks now and have made some progress--- we were
>>suspious for a week or so -- and getting frustrated
>>with trying to train --- Du hu ---- This is our
>>second Dal. we love them -
>> Until our books arive - we have started working with
>>her on basic stuff with hand signs -- she has picked
>>up the bad habit of biting and nipping at us --- our
>>hands and arms look like pin cushions --- the bitters
>>stuff doses not phase her at all -- any help would be
>>appreciated !!
>> We are going to concerate on watch me training first
>> My wife and I sat down after we found out for sure
>>she was deaf -- and talked about it --- we made the
>>decision to make the commitment to her for what ever
>>it takes -- for us it was that the dear lord has put
>>her in our path as one of his special blessings !!!!!!

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