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Living With a Deaf Dog: A Book of Advice, Facts and Experiences About Canine Deafness Paperback – October, 1997

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 115 pages
  • Publisher: Susan Cope Becker; 2 edition (October 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0966005805
  • ISBN-13: 978-0966005806
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.2 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #115,875 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book, in my opinion, is more of a social illustration of the deaf dog rather than an aid to living with and training a deaf dog.Realistically, training a deaf dog is no different than a hearing dog, except you must use hand signals and you have to find an alternate way to get their attention.I think what the author was trying to do is great, but, except for some statistics and research articles, it was not very helpful to me in our daily life.In one particular case, the author's advice is downright dangerous if you are not an experienced dog handler. DO NOT EVER attempt "Alpha" rolls if you have a deaf and or aggressive dog!!!!!!DO NOT hit your dog with a newspaper!DO NOT hit your dog with your hands or anything else!Just a word of caution.....
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I found this book sadly out of date with current training methodology and thinking. While she has some useful and helpful information, there were a frightening number of suggestions that involved aversives ranging from alpha rolls, to holding a dog's mouth shut while staring into his or her eyes. Much of this training is based upon the now discredited belief that dogs operate on a dominance paradigm. Some of these suggested training methods are downright dangerous to both the dog and the owner and some of them may very well make problem behaviour worse.

Overall, I was pretty disappointed with the heavy handed nature of the training suggestions.
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This book was a great first source in learning about deaf dogs. As a new adoptive owner of a deaf dog, I found it to be not only an excellent source of information, but also a source of hope and reassurance that that we can raise a deaf dog and deaf dogs can lead full lives given the opportunity. It is a must for anyone considering adopting a deaf dog or is new to training a deaf dog. I thank the author for providing this information and inspiration in a concise and clear format.
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This book is without a doubt one of the most useful tools in helping owners of deaf dogs become the most effective partner in training with their pet.
Dealing with a deaf dog is a life altering experience. The unconditional love, affection and sheer desire of the dog to please you is amazing. By taking on the training of a deaf dog with the help of this book anything is possible.
As a "mom" to a deaf dalmatian, I encourage anyone living with or considering adding a deafie to their family to get a copy of this book and enjoy the rewards that come from raising a deaf dog.
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I adopted a puppy from the animal shelter about 3 months ago and about two weeks later realized she was deaf. This book helped me so much to just relate to the stories that other owners of deaf dogs wrote about how they interact with their dog and different ways to communicate with them. There is a very special bond already between myself and Winnie, because she doesn't hear, she is more in tune with my facial expressions and can sense my mood like no other dog I have ever owned. I have already taught her some of the different signs suggested in the book and we are learning more every day. I definitely recomend this book not only to those who have deaf dogs but to any dog owner!
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If you just adopted a deaf dog, it's nice to know that there are other people who have successfully trained deaf dogs. You'll get that from this book, but otherwise this book is kind of unnessary. There are online resources to get you started with training tips (like getting a deaf dog's attention by flicking the lights). But beyond that, training is just the same as with a hearing dog. I don't want to un-recommend it, but it's just not entirely necessary.
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While my fiance and I were struggling about the decision to bring home a deaf puppy, I found this resource, along with several websites and such, providing enough reassurance that there is plenty of information and support out there for the challenge of raising a deaf dog. This book, specifically, answered every question I had, provided tips I would have never thought of, and also provided heartwarming stories from others who have taken on this unique challenge themselves. There is a great section demonstrating specific, simple hand signals that are easy for both human and dog to learn. The book insightfully helps the reader have a better understanding of the world from the deaf dog's perspective, which can really help with patience and training approaches alike. The book is a quick read... I completed it cover-to-cover on the 3.5 hour drive to collect our new pup (with time to spare)! I would quickly recommend this to anyone considering adding a deaf dog to their family.
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This is the first book any owner of a deaf dog should get. It helps with the basics and helps you realize that your dog can live a normal life. Because of this book I took my dog to a dog trainer and my dog learned basic obedience along with all the hearing dogs. The trainer was wonderful about helping us. I also bought some sign language books to learn other signs to teach my dog also.
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