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Deaf Havanese advice needed

Does anyone out there have one of our little fuzz balls that can't hear? I would really love to hear how they get along at home, when playing with other dogs, dog park experience.... Also what you've done to make things work for them, what you've trained them, what hand signals you use, etc.
Thanks so much! Laura
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I wish you luck. It's probably much different with a dog. I had a deaf cat and he was a miserable &%$$!! Then again, it might just have been him.

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I don't have experience with a deaf dog personally, but I saw a neat 'Pet Star' episode with a deaf dog and the trainer had special hand signs for him. I just remember the one where she would hold her hands up and make jazz hands for the "yeah!!" thing. Is this your dog or is it one you are considering taking in?
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deaf shepherd

We had a deaf shepherd. The only big problem was barking as she could not hear herself.

When I let her out in our yard at night to pee, I would flick the light on and off and she would come in.

She was a very sweet dog. She was smart and sensitive. We didn't let her out with other dogs as she could not hear them coming...but she did just fine with us in our home.

My dogs actually do their havanese tricks to hand signals. I don't have to say a word.

Good luck.

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Paul Pippitone

He works with havanese rescue and is a dog trainer in Florida. You might ask him for some suggestions.

http://www.dogsbestfriendofcentralflorida.com/index.htm

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I would look locally for a trainer with experience. I know of a deaf aussie that does agility. But I don't have her email address. That dog is completely taught on hand signals. I think it would be a lot of work but it can be done.

There is a lot of information on the web too.
http://www.deafdogs.org/training/
http://www.ehow.com/how_13674_teach-deaf-dog.html

If you go to you tube, there are also videos and such showing hand signals. Dogs really do follow our bodies better than our words but I think the trouble would be in the training the dog when he/she isn't right in front of you or concentrating on you. That is when my voice with my own dogs is priceless.

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Thanks all so much for your suggestions. I will follow up on all of them.

I do quite a bit of dog training, using positive training/clicker method. Since it's based on luring, food rewards, and hand signals first, Pepper's done quite well. I just couldn't figure out why he could learn so quickly but I couldn't get him to move on from hand signals to verbal cues. Eureka! One quick visit to a local BAER testing location and I had my answer. He's not just deaf in one ear, it's bilateral.

He now knows about 20 hand signals - come, sit, down, stand, stay, roll over, sit pretty, crawl, wait, let's go, drop it, watch me, eat, walk, drive, ball, halter, etc. We're going to start agility nex week, so he'll be learning a lot more.

Just for anyone else who might be interested in this topic - Sue Becker wrote a great little book "Living With a Deaf Dog" ; I'm enjoying "Amazing Gracie" right now; and have "Animalsign to You" as my next read. This one is based on a fascinating concept of training the dogs to sign to you! I figured if his life was going to include so much body language comm from me, we might as well try learning the reverse as well.

Wish us luck! Laura
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Laura,
You have done a wonderful job with Pepper. He is so lucky you are his
Mom. You are the best. Bess and Max love you and Pepper.

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Hi Laura,

Noticed you're in Washington State! If you're free - THIS SATURDAY, Oct 11th is HavFest. 1:00 - 4:00 in Auburn at Argus Dog Ranch. We'd love to meet you and your adorable Hav. Several member of the Cascade Havanese Club have years of health experience with our fuzzy friends and may have some tips for you.

Hope you can come!

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Laura, I am so sad for him but glad he fell into your home with someone with patience and guidance. Did the breeder just assume he was a uni? It is interesting you said clicker training- so he can hear the click a bit? You may really want to find someone with dalmatians cause I know they have a high occurence and they could probably point you to some more information.

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