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Old 03-02-2013, 03:43
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My parents got a new dog about 4 months ago. He is a crossbreed and is completely deaf and blind in one eye.

For the most part he is a very good dog, is great with children, very loveable, and seems to have settled into my parents mad house quite well.

The problems they are having is mainly down to anxiety we think. He hates being on his own, he hates things coming from behind him, he hates lights, and given half the chance he would destroy the house. He is also for the most part house trained, he will ask to go out, but when anxious he will have accidents. Also because of his disabilities they find it hard to communicate with him, and recall is impossible.

Once he gets over excited it is very hard to calm him down. We assume he may have been a product of a puppy farm since he lacks social skills, hates lights, and thinks nothing of soiling where he sleeps, and has no concept of danger but appears scared of everything.

My parents have considered bringing in a dog behaviour therapist but they are unsure if they would be wasting money. They have had dogs before and they have never came across a dog like him.

It's a shame because overall he is a brilliant dog.
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Old 03-02-2013, 04:44
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I think you would be better off posting on a specialist dog forum where there are people with experience of dealing with deaf dogs as I think that is more of an issue than blind in one eye unless it affects his ability to focus on visual signals.

Deafness is why he is not comfortable with things coming from behind (no advance warning), it is possible to train a deaf dog to respond to visual signals, such as a flag or white hanky.

Is his hatred of lights to do with what caused his partial blindness?

I assume as he was adopted from a rescue, have your parents tried asking them for help? My local rescues have staff doing placements for qualifications in animal care and veterinary nursing, maybe a vet nurse student would like to take on your parents' dog as a case study on deaf dog training?
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Old 03-02-2013, 06:29
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One of our late oldies was blind and deaf, when approaching him we stamped our feet so he felt the vibrations. I found a very long (horse) lunge line worked well for walking him. He was amazingly good at not walking into things but the long line meant I could get him back and steer him when he needed it.

Found with other dogs stroking slowly their chest from throat down between front legs calms them more quickly than most other methods.

We had a medicine ball (heavy) was a popular toy for some reason he loved pushing it along, not sure if that was due to his disabilities but none of our seeing hearing dogs have liked that game.
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Old 03-02-2013, 08:15
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All the rescue home knew about him was the person who had him before us bought him a pub car park. They didn't realise he was deaf until their vet had a look at him.

He respond well to some hand signals it's just getting his attention in the first place, especially if he starts getting over excited.

I still think my parents need to bring someone in, but they have almost given up I suppose which isn't fair on anyone.

One of the things we find the most amazing is he loves the TV, he will spend ages watching it. We've never known a dog watch TV but if it's something he likes (football, tennis, certain childrens programmes, something with animals) it will calm him down for a while.
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Old 03-02-2013, 14:48
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I would recommend a forum called dogsey - loads of help with training etc much more than we can offer here, I have had dogs for nearly 30 years but the people posting there know far more than me about training especially in special cases like yours.

Hope you find the answers you need he sounds like a real character who will be a great friend with a little help.
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Old 03-02-2013, 14:58
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When we thought my eldest dog was going deaf, someone on here suggested a collar that vibrates when you want their attention. Might be worth looking into
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Old 03-02-2013, 17:44
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molliepops and StressMonkey thanks for both your suggestions, I will have a look into both of them.
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Old 03-02-2013, 20:03
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It might be worth looking up specialist border collie forums as 'double merles' in the breed are often blind and deaf so someone may be able to advise re training etc.

All the best with him
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