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So maybe I'm jumping the gun just a wee bit since the official announcement doesn't go out till tomorrow, but I'm excited to get the word out. Come this summer, University Canine Learning Academy in Seattle will be pioneering western Washington's first ever all deaf dog obedience class! This has been in the works for a while, and its time we get it out there that *gasp* you can train a deaf dog The class will be taught by myself as well as another trainer at the studio, and we're both pretty psyched for it. The class will be an 8 week course starting July 16th, held on Saturdays so hopefully those in the surrounding areas can make it to the class without having to fight our lovely weekday traffic. Olympia seems to be a hub for deaf dogs, so I'm hoping we can get some of those folks up here. If you know of anyone in the western washington region that has a deaf dog (all breeds welcome), let them know that we've got a class just for them!
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How exciting! It will be such a positive thing to spread the word that deaf dogs are trainable. With the right tools any dog can learn. I really hope that you get LOTS of interest in your class so that it can keep going! & having things on a Sunday will leave no excuses for those commuters
Amie wrote:Nuh-UH. Deaf dogs are NOT trainable. Liar. You can't train them and you have to use shock collars or they're permanently handicapped.
What's scary is how many people actually believe that. Can't hear? Aw, shucks. Hook 'em up and zap 'em! So sad.
mommy2kane wrote:I've heard of people using vibrate collars. But, congrats on the class! Sounds like a great breakthrough!
They do, and we'll be discussing vibrating collars and possibly using them for the class for clients who are interested, but the purpose is much different. The vibrating collar does not shock, and is used as a behavior marker (deaf dog clicker) or a pager for recall and never a punisher.
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