What are te best ways to train her to follow hand signals?
ALL white???? I heard that an all white dog carries the def gene..
She has a white face but is mostly brindle. We will find out for sure on Moday. It's possibly she is a carrier of the Merel Gene which can cause a puppy to be deaf.
The merle gene is often associated with congenital deafness, with merle dogs being more likely than other dogs to be born deaf. Dogs with two copies of the merle gene (homozygous merle or "double merle") have an even higher chance of being born deaf. The UK Kennel Club has acknowledged the health risk associated with homozygous merle and will stop registering puppies produced from merle to merle matings starting from 2013. Merle to merle mating is currently only forbidden in three breeds. Recent research indicates that the majority of health issues occur in dogs carrying both piebald and Merle genes. The piebald gene is indicated by white areas on the dog's coat as seen in the red merle Catahoula pictured below.
The suppression of pigment cells (melanocytes) in the iris and in the stria vascularis of the cochlea (inner ear) leads to blue eyes and deafness. An auditory-pigmentation disorder in humans, Waardenberg syndrome, reflects some of the problems associated with heterozygous and homozygous merle dogs and genetic research in dogs has been undertaken with the goal of better understanding the genetic basis of this human condition.
I've been doing a lot of research... I'm not poitive that she is a merle gene dog...or if she just happened to be born deaf. We will know more when we take her to get her 9 week shots on Monday.
in a bulldog. Danes and Australian Shepherds yes! Unless she is one of those puppies from a BYB breeding those ridiculous "rare" colors then you have no clue what you are getting. The black and whites are such horrible quality they look like Olde English or American bulldogs or whatever mutt they have mixed up. I would not worry until you have had her tested. What makes you think she is deaf?
Also... when she is asleep, you can take a drum symbol and beat it as loud as you want, and she doesn't wake up. She goes for her 9 week shots on Monday and we are going tohave our vet look at her ear canals. I spoke with another vert and they said it is possible that it coud be a condition that is corrected with medication. We shall see though. She is still super smart for 9 weeks old and it doing great with her potty training. Now we just have to start working with signs.
Does anyone have a good training treat that they use that wont upset her tummy?? The ones we have dont seem to be working very well in the digestion area.
I personally like the Little Stars training treats made by Wet Noses. I like to support local companies and they are local to me. If she isn't too food motived (which I doubt as a puppy) then anything liver is usually a great motivator. Look for something without all the wheat, soy, corn. And never buy anything made in China.
Katie & Tucker a.k.a "Porkchop"
very well to a hearing loss. So sad, but she's found a wonderful home. I really can't help as I've never had a deaf dog. I do have a 10 year old that is getting very hard of hearing, seems the only thing that catches his attention is a whistle now.
The reason I asked is because bulldogs are notorious for simply ignoring ones calls :).
I'm sure with a google search you will come up with plenty of great books to assist with training a hearing impaired dog.
Keep us posted!
we adopted her when she was 5..she passed away in Oct at the age of 11... we used hand signals..i took her to a training class and she had allot of fun...we always vibrated the couch when we sitting down by her so we would not startle her....
Deborah & the NC gang