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Happy Independence Day!


Mom took me to the vet yesterday. I stayed in the car when she stopped to talk to a neighbor. The kids were lighting fireworks but it didn’t bother me because I’m deaf.

My hearing siblings are noise-sensitive to fireworks and thunderstorms. Mom has heard stories about furkids going crazy during the fourth of July. Here are a few tips:

  • Put collars and tags on furkids in case they slip out the door while looking for a place to get away from the noise.
  • Consider trying a thundershirt. There is a 45 day guarantee http://www.thundershirt.com/OurGuarantee.aspx. They work for both of my hearing siblings. Look for them at pet stores, my vet even sells them.
  • Leave the TV/radio and lights on to drown out the noise.
  • Close the curtains and turn on the lights to hide the sight of the fireworks/lightning.
  • Keep furkids busy with treat-filled kongs, bully sticks, or deer antlers.

Good dog treats

Find a “safe place” for them to go during thunderstorms like a basement bathroom where it’s quieter. Put a bed/kennel there, turn on radio/lights and give them the kong/bully stick. It’s good practice to prepare for severe weather.

ASPCA provides more tips http://www.aspca.org/Pet-care/virtual-pet-behaviorist/dog-articles/fear-of-noises.

My Gotcha Day is July 3. I came home in time for Independence Day. The holiday with all the noise that scares most dogs, did not bother me. Mom had a party for me. We wish you a happy and SAFE Independence Day with your furkids!

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Posted by on July 3, 2013 in Training

 

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Resources for Training A Deaf and Blind Dog


Patience and repetition are important for training dogs that can see and hear. Both are even more important for dogs who can’t see or hear. Don’t forget to reward with good dog touch signs and treats!

Here are a few helpful resources for training a deaf and blind dog:

Blind and Deaf Dogs Guidebook – A website with tips http://pawstoadopt.com/blindanddeafdogs/index.html

Training a deaf and blind Australian Shepherd – A few tips on video http://youtu.be/HhMXPbthzOE

16 Tips for Working with your Blind and Deaf Dog – A great article http://www.doggamesathome.com/learn-16-valuable-tips-from-your-dogs-teacher-lori-friesen-on-how-to-help-your-blind-and-deaf-dog-to-lead-a-full-happy-and-safe-life/

Touch signs for blind and deaf dogs – A short list http://www.amazingaussies.com/education/touch.htm

Training Dogs Training Dogs Who Are Blind and Deaf – An article http://companionanimalsolutions.com/blogs/training-dogs-who-are-blind-and-deaf/

If you have questions, you might ask my furiends on their facebook pages:

Deaf Dogs Rock – Christina Lee adopted Nitro, a deaf white boxer, from a shelter in Salem Virginia. The website and facebook page help deaf dogs looking for homes, provide training info and share happy tails. http://deafdogsrock.com

Parker’s Fan Club – Parker is a deaf and blind collie who donates contest winnings to the rescue that saved him. Parker lives with doggie siblings: Dakota, deaf/blind collie/Aussie mix; Rain, a deaf miniature Australian shepherd; and Moccaccino, a shepherd chow mix. They live in New York. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Parkers-Fan-Club/354321824588679?ref=ts

Saving Theresina – Theresina is a deaf and blind collie who has had some behavior issues. Her family is working with her to help her adjust to living with others. https://www.facebook.com/SavingTheresina?ref=ts&fref=ts

White Dog Blog – Read about the training and adventures of three amazing dogs: Treasure, deaf and blind; Grace, deaf and visually impaired; Jasmine, deaf and visually impaired. http://your-inner-dog.blogspot.com

Treasure also has videos on YouTube. Here she shows that being deaf and blind does not stop you from doing amazing tricks. http://youtu.be/gPAz_44uSzk

 
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Posted by on October 15, 2012 in Deaf dogs, Training

 

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Training A Dog Owner


Mom forgot that puppies are a lot of work because Peg was 14 years old and Sandy was 13 years old when I came to live with them.

Dad didn’t want to adopt me because he wanted a “normal” dog. He focused on what I could not do. Mom needed some support from someone who knew dogs in case my “special needs” were too much for her so she signed up for class so the teacher could train her.  The teacher had only trained one other deaf dog, but his dogs were old and they were deaf, so technically he owned deaf dogs, even though they weren’t born deaf like me.

Training consisted of:

  1. Hearing dogs hear a verbal command, I see a hand sign command.
  2. Mom coaxes me to correctly perform desired action like “sit”
  3. When I perform the correct action, I get a treat.
  4. Hearing dog hears verbal “good dog,” I see a “thumbs up” hand sign
  5. Repeat because practice makes perfect. It really helps my mom to practice 🙂

As I got older, mom gave me fewer treats, just the “thumb up” hand sign because I have figured out that thumbs up means “good dog.” Now that I’m older and less active, it’s more diet-friendly for my waist-line. I’m not fat, I’m fluffy. Just ignore my dad when he says I’m portly.

These are a few of the basic hand signs that we use frequently.

  1. Come – motion with one hand toward chest and clap hands
  2. Sit – Both hands – tap pointer and middle fingers together, crossed like an “x”
  3. Stay/wait – palm of hand towards dog’s face
  4. Down – hand palm side down, motion down to floor
  5. Sit up – hand palm side up, motion up away from floor (opposite down)
  6. Stand – move hand palm side down, parallel to the floor.
  7. Inside – sweeping arm movement motioning in desired direction, similar to doorman.
  8. Good dog/yes/ok – thumb up
  9. Bad Dog/no – thumb down
  10. Wipe Paws – put towel on floor, make a fist w right hand rub on palm of open left hand. he will sit on towel so you can rub his paws
  11. Heel/let’s go – pat your thigh and start walking
  12. Crate/sleep – tilt head and put hand on side of face (similar to a pillow)
  13. Eat – fingertips together, touch to open mouth (like you are eating)

I’m really pretty smart. I can figure out things and I’m pretty attentive, unless I’m asleep. As my furiend Cloverton the Deaf dog would say, “I am deaf, I can’t hear the dumb things that people say.”

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Posted by on May 8, 2012 in Deaf dogs, Training

 

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I think we should get a normal dog


A few days passed.

That lady is back, she’s standing in front of my kennel. Someone came and got me. We went into a room where the lady, a guy and an older collie were waiting. The collie was freaked out. I ran over to say hi to them. The guy patted me on the head, but he didn’t seem like he wanted to play. The lady played with me for a few minutes, but we didn’t spend very much time there. The guy left with the collie and I was taken back to my kennel.

Note from mom: We were preparing to do the paperwork with the person at the desk. When I asked if anyone else had asked to see him, she said a woman who was a dog trainer looked at Radcliff but decided not to adopt him because her dog did not get along with him. She also told us that it would take a year to potty-train Radcliff because he was deaf, someone should be with him full-time. My husband looked at me and said “you work full-time.”

We walked back through the kennels and looked at all the other dogs. The shelter was still full. There was another dog that was a chow mix that looked like Peg. We stood there in silence. Then we left without Radcliff.

It was quiet during the drive home. My husband said “I think we should wait and get a normal dog.” All I could think was that no one would adopt him. He would be euthanized because they couldn’t find anyone who would take a dog that requires that much work. He was three months old, he was only a puppy. I went into another room to cry.

The next morning, I was talking to my husband about Radcliff and I realized that he was not listening to me. At that moment, I knew it would be easier to train Radcliff.

 
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Posted by on February 8, 2012 in Adopt, Deaf dogs

 

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