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Old 04-21-2008, 08:50 AM
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Watch and see how he does with the dogs you have there I'm betting he will do well with other dogs though, especially larger dogs.
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Old 04-21-2008, 08:50 AM
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Awwwwww, what a cutie!!!
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Old 04-21-2008, 09:03 AM
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He's so cute. I use hand signals with my dogs as well even though neither are deaf. I had a family member who had a dog and as he got older started losing his hearing and eventually went deaf. Because he was trained with signals, it's wasn't much of a difference or problem.

Good luck placing him!!
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Old 04-21-2008, 09:17 AM
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THose Ears are incredible....a kiss for each one. WHat a beautiful beautiful puppy. I hope the angels bless you for being there for him, i hope he gets a perfect forever home. Secretly wishes it could be me.
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Old 04-21-2008, 09:31 AM
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Sweet !!! Actually the training will be interesting and rewarding . Also see if he responds to vibrations ..... like a bang on the floor etc .
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Old 04-21-2008, 09:54 AM
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What an awesome marking...

I bet that as he gets the chance to, he'll pick up on body language and be ok. Growls create a bit of a sonic vibration that you can feel, in addition to hearing.

We had a deaf spaniel mix at daycare and we got through to him pretty easily. He was a loner by choice, but when he did get down to mingle, he was constantly watching the other dogs for cues.
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OMG He is soooooo cute!!!.
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Old 04-21-2008, 10:30 AM
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What a cutie!

I've fostered several deaf dogs, mostly of the "pit bull" variety such as yours, and have owned 3 in my lifetime.

I've got some links, but I'll need to track them down for you.

In the meantime, invest in a vibration collar (just vibration collars are harder to come by so you might have to go with a shock collar that has a vibration feature which is what I use). The vibration collar is going to be your way of getting the dog's attention when he's away from you. Start by just getting him adjusted to wearing a collar. Then begin training, him on a leash by you, by pushing the button for a vibration and then rewarding him with a treat when he reacts to the vibration. It's vital that you instill in him that the vibration means good things, rewarding things, and to focus on you at that time. For instance, when Sukari or Dakota were out in the yard, all I had to do was vibrate the collars and they knew to come in....or at the very least look at me in the doorway (we all know how hardheaded dogs can be....even deaf dogs ).

Also, like someone already mentioned, being training with the use of hand signals. It's actually very easy and every single one of my hearing dogs knows hand signals as well as I'm not always in the mood to give verbal commands. If you want a list of some of the things I use, just pm me and I'll be glad to help.

Also, I've found that the biggest issue with deaf dogs is the startle factor. As they cannot hear, they tend to overreact to having people pet them from behind or wake them up from a sleep. And these things WILL happen so preparing your dog for them is also extremely important. I don't tolerate aggressiveness, defensiveness, or nippiness from deaf dogs just as I don't tolerate it from hearing ones. Temperament is temperament. But even so, when approaching the dog from behind and he's on the floor, try to stomp so that he'll feel the vibrations. You'd be amazed at the other senses on these dogs. Also, get him used to the "undesired" behaviors such as being petted from all angles, being touched all over (like the vet will do), being petted while resting and so on. Hands-on training is a must!

Good luck and I'll get those links for you. If you have any specific questions, I'll do my best to help!
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Old 04-21-2008, 10:34 AM
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Watch and see how he does with the dogs you have there I'm betting he will do well with other dogs though, especially larger dogs.
Although most deaf dogs do better when accompanied with a hearing dog, this is still a dog of the "pit bull" breeds and dog aggression is a major issue....even in deaf dogs.

While the dog is a pup, socialization with other dogs is a good thing. However, with this dog and any deaf dog, you MUST create a human-dog bond that is strong and secure or you're going to have problems. If the dog becomes more bonded to another dog, you're going to find a lot of unwanted behaviors being shown.
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Old 04-21-2008, 11:11 AM
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He is PRECIOUS.

I think something important would be to get a signal for him to look at you. That's probably the first thing. Since he can't respond to his name or a sound, how will he know to look at you when you give hand signals?

I think there's a way to teach them to respond to vibration. Like if you stomp your foot, he'll look at you, but i'm not entirely sure.
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