Here is a wonderful blog by PPG member Debbie Bauer on how to teach a blind or deaf dog to wake up gently.
There is a myth that deaf dogs can be “dangerous” because they will bite when they are startled or woken up.
Could this ever happen? Yes, it could. But it could also happen with a dog that can hear just fine.
Does it happen a lot? No. Most deaf dogs are no threat when startled.
Can this scenario be prevented? Yes, definitely! You can teach your deaf dog to wake up easily and happily. By teaching this skill to your new dog, you can prevent this issue from developing.
Start training when your dog is awake and paying attention to you. Let your dog see you reach towards it. Touch your dog and then pop a wonderful treat into its mouth immediately. Don’t wait to see what your dog will do. There should be no lag time. Just touch and pop the treat into its mouth. Make these really special treats. You want your dog to really look forward to being touched.
If your dog is also blind, give it a moment to become aware that you are nearby before you touch at this stage of teaching. Touch gently and quickly give a treat. In the beginning, give your dog a moment to know you are there, sniff your hand, etc, before touching. You can progress in the same way as working with a deaf dog.
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Here is an interesting Blog by WholeDog Journal on retractable leashes.
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Thank you Eileen Anderson for writing an informative blog on the physics of a prong collar.
Please see additional note at the bottom of the post.
Prong collars, also called pinch collars, are metal chain collars for dogs that include links of prongs whose ends press into the dog’s neck.
When a dog pulls on leash, moves out of position, or is “corrected” with a quick snap of the leash, force is exerted on the dog’s neck through the points of contact of the prongs.
Force is also exerted in these situations when the dog is wearing a flat collar. A correction applied to a dog on a flat collar can also be uncomfortable or even harm the dog.
But when we look at the physics, we can see why the prong collar is more uncomfortable, painful, and potentially damaging.
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by Louise Stapleton-Frappell
Recently, my nephew and I saw a dog running down a busy main road. She was very lucky as between us we managed to redirect her down an alleyway away from all the traffic and eventually I got her to come near enough to me so that I could take hold of her collar. She was obviously very frightened and stressed. A scared dog may well bite so my approach was very slow, low, friendly and unthreatening in order to gain some trust and not put either of us in a risky situation.
She was wearing a rabies tag with the name of a local vet on the back. I held her collar and soothed her while my nephew ran to our car to fetch a leash and some tasty treats. As there was no sign of her owner, I walked her to my car which she happily jumped into. We took her to the vet’s office where they scanned her chip to retrieve her name and owner’s phone number.
It turned out that the dog’s owner was searching for her in a supermarket car park. She had opened the car door and her dog had jumped out and run away. The area we found her in was quite a distance from that supermarket! She was very lucky not to have been runover or lost forever.
Thankfully this story had a happy ending and Princesa was reunited with her owner but not all dogs are as lucky as she was.
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