Friday, April 13, 2012
Challenges of a Deaf Dog
Astro is a small, young dog, weighing about 17 pounds. He is totally deaf which creates training challenges. Plus, he seems to have cattle dog breed characteristics. Since cattle dogs are a herding breed they exhibit nipping at heels behaviors. This is how the dogs herd cattle-by nipping at the back of their legs.
So he was adopted to a family with children. Not understanding his breed behaviors the family returned him for "biting ankles and calves".
SPCA trainer Tracy Free spent time evaluating him. She found him to be a sweet, playful pup. She recommended a vibrating collar to help train him and suggested that he goes to an adopter that is knowledgeable about cattle dogs and is willing to accept the challenges of having a deaf dog.
Anyone up to the challenge?