Joan Posted July 12, 2005 Report Share Posted July 12, 2005 I need help with my hearing-impaired bitch, Dhu. She's well-trained by a top handler, just needs a better shed to run in Open. I'm running in her Ranch. We typically get a good OLF score. Last weekend, it was 20-10-15. We usually do well on the first leg of the drive, and then it falls apart on the cross-drive. There are times that we don't get that far. Dhu, a Bomber daughter, often likes to do things her way. But now that I know she has hearing problems, it's difficult to tell if she's blowing me off and/or being a hard-head, or if she can't hear well enough to know what I'm asking of her. She's also a little sticky. My training buddy has helped a LOT, and I hope she'll join the discussion. Please, let there be a discussion - I need help! I'd like to know what you think before I tell you much about what I've been doing with her. I will describe a typical Dhu-moment: I ask her to flank. She stands there and does nothing, appearing to be in a trance. Then, suddenly, after 3-5 seconds, she'll flank. It might be the flank I asked for, it might not. I think she hears me give her a command, but she doesn't know exactly what I said. So she appears to "study" the situation, and then she does something, based on what she sees. How do you handle a hearing-impaired dog??? Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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