Martin The Deaf Bulldog: A Deaf Puppy Can Be A Wonderful Gift

Posted on April 10, 2014Categories Animal Health, Great Tricks, VideosTags , , , , , , , , , ,

If you looked at Martin, you’d say he was a perfect English Bulldog. His muzzle is long enough that he can breathe relatively comfortably. He’s lean, he’s fit, he’s adorable.

But after they brought him home, Martin’s proud owners began to notice that their puppy didn’t seem to be responding to sounds. A trip to the vet confirmed their fears: Martin was deaf.

Their vet put them in touch with our trainer, Carol, and over the next couple of months she helped them adjust to life with a deaf dog.

What does it mean to have a deaf dog?

Cons:

  • Cannot hear you call.
  • Cannot hear commands.
  • Cannot hear people or other dogs approaching from behind.
  • Cannot hear cars or other dangers approaching from behind.

Pros:

  • Will never bark at the doorbell.
  • Motivates you to discover your inner dog trainer.

For the dog’s safety and the owner’s sanity, deaf dogs need to learn to look to their handlers for sign language commands. That means that the owners of deaf dogs need to train their puppy to a level that many owners aren’t motivated to achieve in their hearing dogs.

Thanks to his deafness, Martin’s owners discovered two amazing things:

  • Martin is very intelligent.
  • They are incredible dog trainers.

Check out this video of Martin working at 11 weeks and again at 15 weeks. While Carol was there to guide Martin’s owners through the training process, the credit goes all to them.

We know that results like these can’t be achieved without daily hard work.

Prepare to be impressed:

Announcement: New Discount Available at Wag The Dog!

Posted on March 27, 2012Categories 100 Reasons To Love Wag The Dog, Animal Health, News And Updates, Please Share

Great Vet, Great Discount!

We are delighted to announce that Wag The Dog now offers a 15% discount on services to clients of Healing Paws Veterinary Care in Port Moody!

This amazing veterinary clinic combines holistic approaches with conventional veterinary medicine, giving us the best of both worlds. To this great mix they add something even more special – a personal touch.

Those who have met the veterinarians and staff at Healing Paws will tell you that Healing Paws really cares.

When she isn’t training, you can often find Carol Millman working as a nurse at Healing Paws to keep up her animal health care skills. The positive staff atmosphere and their commitment to providing the best quality care possible makes her time there truly special.

Wag The Dog is a big believer in positive reinforcement, so we want to extend this discount as a thank you to Healing Paws for recommending Wag The Dog to clients, and for being so generally wonderful.

To learn about other ways to get discounts on services at Wag The Dog, check out our Rates, Packages and Discounts page!

To learn more about Wag The Dog, visit What We DoWho We Are, and Why We’re Different or check out our Facebook Page!

First Things First At Wag The Dog

Posted on December 15, 2011Categories Animal Behavior, Animal Health, Dogs, Pet Care

This being the outset of a new and exciting venture, it is a great opportunity to start at the beginning.

Before we get into the nitty gritty of which training equipment is worth the money and how to deal with specific behaviour issues, let’s begin by talking about the basic expectations we have when we begin a relationship with a dog.

I want to talk about what causes problem behaviour and, of course, what it takes to get the dog you dreamed of.

Care for ALL of your dog’s needs.

Am I getting what I need?

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