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16 November 2008 @ 07:41 pm
Deaf Bostie info?  
Today in my local dollar store, the woman at the checkout was talking about her deaf Boston pup, female, obtained at the age of 6 weeks(!!!).  She was getting frustrated at the lack of trainability - she didn't know it was deaf when it was given to her by her daughter.  Another lady, who deals with dalmations, gave her a web address with deaf-pup info, and I was giving general training advice along with.

Mygod, I feel so sorry for the pup.  I don't think this woman has the time or patience to deal with this situation, and I want the dog to have every positive input an opportunity available.  I can't take this responsibility on -  I live alone, and have gone back to school full-time for a med-lab tech degree (= hours of grueling schoolwork/studying).  My guys are in their 10's, and we get along well. I guess what I am looking for is more info to pass onto this lady before said pup winds up at the pound, and my guilt goes into overdrive. 

I live in a really small, rural town without a lot of resources.   Since this woman is a checkout person at the dollar store, I'm guessing her resources are limited also. 

What can I offer her?  Thanks in advance, to all you Boston lovers.
 
 
 
Tiffanyiftherainstops on November 17th, 2008 01:00 am (UTC)
Aaw, poor little Boston. I have no advice, but you might want to try asking over at spo_prevention
Yarn, coffee, and art historymrsdrtennant on November 17th, 2008 01:04 am (UTC)
My daisy is deaf and we wouldn't have it any other way. We've always said she's so lucky cause someone else may have gotten upset with her and hurt her. She's so sweet and loving. It's our first dog so I'm not sure how diff it is from any other training but as I recall daisy wasn't too bad. We taught her sign language kinda, we have a motion for get in the house, bad, good, come here I love you, and some other ones. It takes time and patience (which it sounds like this lady might not have) but a deaf bt can be just as obedient and loving as any other pup. You just have to be strict but loving and keep an eye on them outside, daisy has ran away or even just over to the park so many times i can't count. A fence or long lead is probably the best idea and although daisy doesn't use a cage when she was a pup we boarded her up in the kitchen at night.
Also with potty training you just have to realize it's gonna take a while but we do this simple hand gesture where we put our hand in the air vertical and give her a stern look and move it back and forth forcfully. We don't hit her or get too near her but she knows it's bad and it's the equivalent of yelling. When we want her to come in we give her a stern look and hit our hand on our thigh and then she runs straight in the house. If she's got alot of disiplin problems I'd suggest when you're doing it send her to her bed and if you wanna really get the message across tap her on the nose.
weapon_pen on November 18th, 2008 12:33 am (UTC)
Offer her my email address. pecklori@isu.edu

Gunther is deaf, and I've had a lot of success with him. He was potty trained within a week, and he knows about 10 other signs. I'm more than willing to help someone out by telling them what I learned through trial and error.

stageiistageii on November 18th, 2008 09:45 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much, I will do so, and hopefully she has some type of email access.