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MIK – ein gluecklicher ACD

Unsere Freundin Petra Erdmenger gab dem tauben MIK nicht nur seinen Namen, sondern auch ein glueckliches Leben, zusammen mit seiner hörenden Cattle Dog Feundin. Ein gelungenes Beispiel dafuer, dass taube Welpen niemals eingeschläfert werden muessen.

Mik mit DurchblickMIK als Sportler
MIK vor dem Spiel und nach dem Toben im tiefen Elbestrand.

from Mari Joamets: Training your deaf dog

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Deaf dog
Balanced dogs experience the world through their nose, eyes, then ears. But as humans, we often rely on sound while training our dogs. So what if your dog is deaf? Dogs experience the world through
Deaf dog

Balanced dogs experience the world through their nose, eyes, then ears. But as humans, we often rely on sound while training our dogs. So what if your dog is deaf?

Dogs experience the world through their nose first, then eyes, then ears. We are accustomed as humans to relate through sound (ears), sight (eyes), and then scent (nose). When we bring a new dog home, we immediately give him a name. Oftentimes people choose a name based on the dog’s “personality” and then the wrong way of communicating and relating to your dog begins from day one.

A person with a deaf dog has a unique opportunity to communicate with their dog as the animal they are. Dogs communicate through energy and body language. I’ve said many times that you don’t get the dog you want, you get the dog you need. I’ve seen it time and time again that the dog a person chooses comes into their life and teaches them the lessons they need most.

So what are the lessons a deaf dog can teach? So many humans are out of touch with Mother Nature. They’ve lost patience. They’re disconnected from their lives. They are not mindfully aware and emotionally in tune. With a deaf dog, it is critical that you be present, feel the energy, read signals, and be in tune to yourself and the environment around you, just as you are asking your dog to do. You will need to bond with your dog in a way that he trusts you as his leader; a leader whose job is to provide him with protection and direction. So if you are going to cross the street, he looks to you to keep him safe. If you are turning the corner, he looks to you to show him which way to go.

People ask me about dog training all the time. So much that I wrote my last book about training and the various methods people use. And I talk about the differences between training and balance because one does not equal the other. What is the same is that you need to choose and find the method that works for you, what you are most comfortable with. Obviously, clicker training probably won’t work with a deaf dog. But if you use sound, that can help you feel the energy behind the word and therefore project that energy to the dog.

It will require time and patience and consistency. But to me, it is a wonderful opportunity. I rarely ever use words with dogs. I use the sound “tsch!” but that’s usually it. I use hand signals, energy, and most importantly body language to communicate that I want the dog to sit, lay down, back up, come. Sometimes I don’t even need to make a signal because I set the intention in my head of what I want and the dog responds. They feel the energy. Of course this doesn’t happen right away or easily, but with practice, you can achieve it. It can only be effective, however, if you are calm and assertive, in tune to your own emotions, confident in your ability, and trust; and your dog will reward you not only with his trust, but respect and loyalty too.

Remember that feeling sorry for a dog does him no favors. And in fact, puts him at risk for not being able to achieve balance later in life. Dogs need leadership before love. Remember, exercise, discipline then affection – this means that you can give affection to reward calm and balanced behavior, but not because you are feeling sympathetic that the dog can’t hear. He doesn’t know the difference. Being consistent with this approach is how to maintain a balanced state of mind, and calm submission, regardless of any physical disability.

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Hereditary Deafness

Current Research
Significant effort is presently being invested in canine deafness studies in the US and elsewhere.
To initiate identification of a chromosomal locus that co-segregates with deafness in the Dalmatian, we have established an extended pedigree of 266 related Dalmatians, of which 199 have known hearing status (KE Murphy, Texas A&M University and GM Strain). Through use of a statistical technique known as complex segregation analysis we have shown from this kindred that deafness is best modeled as resulting from a single major locus with an affect on deafness, but that this locus does not appear to follow Mendelian inheritance (Ref 23). Thus, deafness results from one gene (or a locus of closely located genes that segregate together), but the inheritance does not appear to be simple autosomal recessive, which explains the difficulty of tracking deafness in pedigrees of affected animals. DNA has been isolated from 117 of these related Dalmatians for studies to isolate the genetic cause of deafness.
One molecular approach in identifying the cause of deafness is by examination of the canine equivalent of genes identified as being responsible for deafness in humans or mice (candidate gene approach). Not knowing the mechanism of inheritance of deafness has made these molecular genetic studies difficult. However, it has now been shown that several of the most promising genes are not at fault in the dog: pax3, mitf, endrb, c-kit, and kitlg (Refs 26,27,29,30). Literally hundreds of loci that cause deafness have been identified in humans and mice (Ref 31), and there is no guarantee that the gene or genes responsible for pigment-associated deafness in dogs have already been identified in the human or mouse. As a consequence, we have adopted the approach of performing a whole-genome screen of DNA from this established Dalmatian pedigree. Linkage analysis is being performed on our assembled Dalmatian DNA using 172 multiplexed microsatellite markers that span the canine genome at < 10 cM spacing (Refs 32,33). Similar pedigrees of DNA are being established from English setters and Jack Russell terriers, since any causative gene mutation identified in the Dalmatian must be examined for also being responsible for deafness in other affected breeds. Multiple different mutations in a single gene can produce the same disease, as has been shown for several human deafness syndromes, and mutations in several different genes can produce diseases that cannot be distinguished clinically.
In addition to the above studies, studies are currently underway at several other institutions. Hereditary deafness in Anervous@ pointers is being studied at the University of Pennsylvania, several candidate genes are being studied at Michigan State University, and candidate gene and whole genome screen studies of deafness are being pursued at several locations in Europe. No similar studies are underway in cats to the author=s knowledge.

BATALIA – my new life with Mari Joamets

deaf Batalia
My bigest joy is playing with other dogs.

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Right in the beginning I was a little beauty.My breeder in Poland wanted to breed me, but then had to realize, that I am deaf. She looked for a new home, but noone wanted me, until Mari came and took me home to Estonia. Now I am living in the paradise of Mari’s and Toomas’ lap.

Little Batavia safely protected by Mari.

Sometimes luck and happiness for a puppy and h5r new owner comes a bit unexpectedly and throws Estonian Mari plans upside down.

“Story is easy. She was best in the litter and breeder wanted to leave her for breeding, but she found out that she was deaf. She started to look for new home. I was trying to find some in Estonia, but noone was really interested. She was too beautiful and I decided to have her for my self.
Breeders concerne was that she will not used in breeding and I don’t have any ambitious on that.
I didn’t have any plans for new dog at the moment, because 1 of my dogs are really sick, but what I can do…
I just fell into her too much.
And actually I wanted to have swedish vallhund, but now this breed must wait for few more years.
She is such a sweethart.I never can give her away, she is too much everything for me.
That’s all.”

Batavia 1

Taking a nap in Toomas’ lap


Gill Bridgeman‎Australian Cattle Dogs – Great Britain

I am so impressed with my little deaf one! Indie is fixated on my sheep and has a naturally very strong herding instinct, way stronger than Ruby and Woody who largely ignore them. She really helps with herding – they will move away from her much better than us, but she is very tenacious and being deaf I have to have her on a longline. There are one or two over protective mums who have challenged her – I wondered how she would react. They stood their ground when she got a bit close to the lambs, then butted her – well she just growled and nipped them on the nose and off they went! Ruby and Woody would have run off I expect lol.

Today I was doing a sheep head count, and had left the dogs in another paddock where they can’t get in the sheep field. I was busy counting when they all ran off, I turned to see Indie had got under the stock fencing little bugger! I thought, oh nooooooo she is going to take off after them – I must have looked like some crazy woman doing frantic arm signals to get her away lol. She went towards them, stood and looked, looked at me, back at the sheep, back at me – I gave her the ‘come’ signal and she ran straight over!! Maybe it is gradually sinking in that she checks with me first – was a bit of heart in mouth moment though

herding deaf ACD

Ueberwältigende Hilfe fuer einen tauben Welpen

Diese kleine taube Maus ist taub , sie kommt aus Finland und sucht dringend ihren passenden Menschen !!!! Ihr Name ist Golden Dust , sie ist sehr freundlich und hat ein liebes Gemüt. In Finnland werden mit Empfehlung des ACD Clubs alle tauben Welpen eingeschläfert. Daher hoffen wir auf liebenswerte deutsche ACD Mitmenschen. Sie wurde am 12.Februar geboren.

Mit diesem Aufruf begann in facebook eine einmalige Aktion, deren Wirkung wie der vielzitierte Stein ist, den man in einen See wirft und der immer grössere Kreise zieht.
Nicht nur aus der Schweiz, auch vom hohen Norden Schleswig Holstein bis nach Bayern am suedlichen Ende Deutschlands wollten Menschen sich des tauben Welpen annehmen.Einige leben bereits seit langem mit einem tauben Hund und wollen gern noch einen zweiten dazu nehmen.Viele hatten sich bereits im Vorfeld gedanklich mit dem Thema Taubheit beim Hund auseinandergesetzt.Andere drueckten ihr spontanes Empfinden so aus wie
“Angelika Hafemann :·
Omg ist der süß, den kann man doch nicht einschläfern, bloß weil er taub ist …. “

Oder:“Sara Pufahl ·
Freut mich das die kleine ein neues Zuhause gefunden hat !!!! Habe selber einen Tauben Hütehunde und teile solche Anzeigen immer gerne !!!”

Ein endloses Teilen unserer Suche nach einem lebenslangen Zuhause fuer ‘Golden Dust’ hatte zur Folge, dass bis heute 11 Menschen ihr ein ebensolches Zuhause bieten wollten. Nun kann man zwar Text teilen, aber nicht einen Welpen, sodass wir uns entscheiden mussten, wo und bei wem unsere taube Huendin leben sollte.Im Juni wird sie nach Muenchen zu Stefanie fliegen. Auch Stefanie hat bereits einen tauben Altdeutschen Huetehund, der bei ihr den Wunsch nach einem weiteren tauben Hund geweckt hat.Ausschlaggebend fuer die Entscheidung, wer Dusts zukuenftiger Besitzer sein sollte, war die Tatsache, dass Stephanie bereits Erfahrung mit einem tauben Huetehund hatte.

Fuer die Zukunft wuensche ich mir, dass ich nicht mehr länger der Rufer in der Wueste bin, dass finnische Zuechter darueber nachdenken werden, dass taube Welpen ein genauso schönes Leben wie ihre hörenden Geschwister in Deutschland haben können. Schenkt Ihnen ein schönes Leben bei verantwortungsvollen Besitzern in Deutschland. Ich biete meine Hilfe an.

Liebevolles Zuhause gesucht/Looking for a dear home

This is 6 weeks old STAR DUST, who was born deaf. She is in need of a loving owner, whom she can give all her love.
Meanwhile she is spending her life togather with her hearing siblings in her breeder’s home.To hear more similarities,
please contact the breeder “Tuulia Heikkinen in Finland” or in German “Doris Duewel”: email:
Komi, 26-3-2015
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Our puppy GOLDEN DUST found in Stephanie a new loving owner, who already has a deaf Old German Herding Dog. On June 5th she will fly by Finnair to Munich.

Video Australian Cattle Dog description

Video Agility 2014

Königsklasse in Agility erreicht!

Königsklasse juhuuuu
Nach gefühlten Jahren haben wir es heute geschafft. Meine taube Nuss ist in die Königsklasse aufgestiegen. Der Kunstrasen in Mendig liegt uns, der ist spritzig sowie auch unser Lauf in 39,67 sec./4,92 m/s

Ganz herzlichen Glueckwunsch Birgit! Damit hast Du auf beeindruckende Weise gezeigt zu welchen Höchstleistungen ein tauber Australian Cattle Dog fähig ist.
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Heute erreicht uns die Nachricht, dass der amerikanische Kennel Club taube Hunde zu Wettkämpfen in Agility, Tracking und Rally ab 1.10.2015 zulassen wird.

Change in Regulations for Agility Trials allowing deaf dogs to compete effective Oct 1st
To: All Clubs Eligible to hold AKC Agility, Rally and Tracking Events; AKC Delegates; and AKC Agility, Rally and Tracking Judges From: AKC Companion Events Date: September 21, 20…
Hierzu einige Kommentare:

HL Benson Yessssssssssssss!

Eric Melvin It’s about time! Congrats to all current and future deafies competing. From Eric & Angelyne “the Amazing” DEAF Cattle Dog

Doris Margret Duewel Better late than never! In Germany deaf ACDs participate very successfully in Agility since a long time.