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Old 05-14-2013, 02:00 PM
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Balanced dogs experience the world through their nose, eyes, then ears. But as humans, we often rely on sound while training our dogs. So what if your dog is deaf?
Dogs experience the world through their nose first, then eyes, then ears. We are accustomed as humans to relate through sound (ears), sight (eyes), and then scent (nose). When we bring a new dog home, we immediately give him a name. Oftentimes people choose a name based on the dog’s “personality” and then the wrong way of communicating and relating to your dog begins from day one.
A person with a deaf dog has a unique opportunity to communicate with their dog as the animal they are. Dogs communicate through energy and body language. I’ve said many times that you don’t get the dog you want, you get the dog you need. I’ve seen it time and time again that the dog a person chooses comes into their life and teaches them the lessons they need most.
So what are the lessons a deaf dog can teach? So many humans are out of touch with Mother Nature. They’ve lost patience. They’re disconnected from their lives. They are not mindfully aware and emotionally in tune. With a deaf dog, it is critical that you be present, feel the energy, read signals, and be in tune to yourself and the environment around you, just as you are asking your dog to do. You will need to bond with your dog in a way that he trusts you as his leader; a leader whose job is to provide him with protection and direction. So if you are going to cross the street, he looks to you to keep him safe. If you are turning the corner, he looks to you to show him which way to go.
People ask me about dog training all the time. So much that I wrote my last book about training and the various methods people use. And I talk about the differences between training and balance because one does not equal the other. What is the same is that you need to choose and find the method that works for you, what you are most comfortable with. Obviously, clicker training probably won’t work with a deaf dog. But if you use sound, that can help you feel the energy behind the word and therefore project that energy to the dog.
It will require time and patience and consistency. But to me, it is a wonderful opportunity. I rarely ever use words with dogs. I use the sound “tsch!” but that’s usually it. I use hand signals, energy, and most importantly body language to communicate that I want the dog to sit, lay down, back up, come. Sometimes I don’t even need to make a signal because I set the intention in my head of what I want and the dog responds. They feel the energy. Of course this doesn’t happen right away or easily, but with practice, you can achieve it. It can only be effective, however, if you are calm and assertive, in tune to your own emotions, confident in your ability, and trust; and your dog will reward you not only with his trust, but respect and loyalty too.
Remember that feeling sorry for a dog does him no favors. And in fact, puts him at risk for not being able to achieve balance later in life. Dogs need leadership before love. Remember, exercise, discipline then affection – this means that you can give affection to reward calm and balanced behavior, but not because you are feeling sympathetic that the dog can’t hear. He doesn’t know the difference. Being consistent with this approach is how to maintain a balanced state of mind, and calm submission, regardless of any physical disability.
This was Written by Ceaser Millan, Thought i might share
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Old 05-14-2013, 02:32 PM
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I love this. One of my older dogs, Gizmo, can't see or hear very well. He gets around just fine, though. Just because a dog has a disability doesn't mean they aren't good dogs. It just takes more time to teach them about things. I will always love my Gizmo no matter how unable to see or hear he is. (He developed this from old age, by the way.)
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But all the same, I don't agree with Ceaser Millan's training. I only like the part that's not about training them. You need a positive approach on training. You don't need to have dominance over the dog, you need to trust one another. Modern science has shown that. Nothing useful here. I mean, I really only got excited because he was speaking about deaf dogs... but now that I've gotten into it...

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How do you communicate sit with energy or body language?

This is so silly. You can use a flashlight just like a clicker. And you can use hand signals in place of words.

There's literally nothing useful there, just the usual Cesar Milanisms about "energy" and "nature".
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No wonder most of that didn't make sense.

I don't know what the purpose of posting this was? I just recently got a deaf puppy, and I have been able to use clicker (a.k.a maker) training without any problems. Training a deaf dog is just like training a hearing dog, only difference is the use of hand signals instead of voice commands. As with always, using a positive "dogs are our budddies" approach rather then a negative "dogs are our subordinates" will form stronger, and more reliable bond between human and dog.
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The part of the article I liked the most is the advice to not feel sorry for a disabled dog.

I learned that the hard way with Shadow who is completely blind and this past year has started getting hard of hearing. My knee jerk reaction when he went blind was to baby him, to wrap him in bubble wrap and keep him safe from the world and help him do everything. Doing that started making his anxiety from going blind worse. I had to make myself take a step back from him and let him explore and figure stuff out for himself, only helping him when it was obvious that he couldn't do something, or he was going to get hurt. Once I did that he regained some of his confidence and became less anxious.

I don't agree with the discipline part. I've gone the discipline route and it didn't work, what did work was teaching my dog what it could do while working to prevent it from doing what it shouldn't, if I couldn't prevent him from doing something, I made doing what I wanted him to do a lot more appealing then doing what he shouldn't be doing. Chew on a nice tasty, yummy bone, or chew on the table leg that's been sprayed down with a nasty no chew spray.
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