Understanding your dog and knowing how to control him, develop his potentials, and resolve behavior problems, emotional conflicts and frustrations are no less essential than love and respect.
- Michael W. Fox
Meet Hugo! He’s the first little deaf dog we’ve had stay with us at The Hydrant. While we’ve had quite a few aging dogs that are losing there hearing, but he’s the first born this way. His stay here, has taught me a lot about different training techniques, specifically using hand motions. I’m so used to using different noises & sounds to get the dogs to do what I want, the moment you take away sound, creativity comes into play! At first I had no idea where to start, but after a quick internet search I knew my plan for the week …..
The first few days was getting Hugo’s attention. Eye contact. After all, once you’ve got a dogs’ eye contact they’re waiting. Waiting for your next move …
He’s not super food motivated, so I had to find a really special something he loved. I figured out quickly that was freeze dried sardines (YUM!) AND tug toys!
These are some very useful links I found, and thought i’d share –
Deafdogs.org – full of great info, including recommend hand signals you can use.
Deafness In Dogs – Why does this happen? Hand signals and tips for training.
ADEN is AVAILABLE for ADOPTION! Please share Aden far and wide, he has been at the rescue the longest, and he needs a forever home! Aden can be a handful, but he is sweet and super-intelligent. He’s 2 years old. He needs a firm experienced owner who will set boundaries and provide him with the stimulation and activity he needs to thrive. A home without younger children is being sought for this stunning boy. Aden is with Doberman Rescue Ontario.
Aden is a stunning 2 year old male cropped & docked doberman. He has been at the rescue the longest, and needs to be placed in a forever home. He is here through no fault of his own. He is an active, and extremely intelligent boy who needs guidance from an experienced owner who can embrace his spirit and give him the consistency he needs to thrive. He is good with other dogs when introduced slowly and carefully, but would do best as an only dog, or possibly with a female. A home without young children is essential for this boy. He needs daily physical activity and love, and with the right owner he will be magnificent!
About the breed: (borrowed from – http://www.dogster.com)
More than anything, these are people-oriented dogs, craving attention, positive reinforcement and quality time with the family. When properly trained and socialized, they can be sweet and easygoing with children.
Highly intelligent, Dobermans have a range of skills that include search & rescue, agility, and therapy work. When given a task and lots of mental stimulation, Doberman Pinschers will stay obedient and happy.
Dobermans, while loving to their families, can be very protective and suspicious of strangers. If they think their handler is being threatened, they will do anything to keep them out of harm’s way.
Don’t be afraid of your Doberman. They need a firm owner, and everyone in the house should know how to discipline them (in a very positive way, of course). They can get pushy if they have their way for too long. If you’re not prepared to work with your Doberman, you might try a more manageable breed.
Dobermans will be fine in an apartment as long as they get enough exercise and attention. They are probably not the best pets to have around small children.
A healthy Doberman can live as long as 12 years. Common health problems include heart disease, hip dysplasia and bloat. Protect them from cold weather climates—their short coats make them sensitive to the chill.
Doberman Rescue Ontario
We brought Logan & Edison out for the Doberman Play Date at High Park.
We also had a special guest appearance by Lady! She loved hanging out with the big dogs!
Logan in his usual position, digging a big hole in the sand and laying in it. Its his favorite thing to do at the park.
Logan & Edison running around with the other dogs.
Ok lets take a coffee break, meet me at the table.
For more info on the Meet Ups check out the Toronto Doberman Pinscher Meetup Group
We took Logan out for a nice long walk today. He got to play in a bunch of different parks and school yards.
Logan even got to see the fireman testing their emergency equipment out.
And our last stop was a viewing of the outdoor sculptures at the AGO.
It was a fun day walking in the city with Logan!
We were excited to bring Logan & Yoshi with us to Pawsway for Theo & Lady’s Birthday Party!
Heather Mattoon created this great series of paintings titled Dogs In Clothes. The paintings are both beautiful and hilarious as each dog has been given a unique character and fashion style. Prints, postcards, greeting cards and t-shirts are available from Heather’s Etsy Shop and she also creates custom pet portraits. Here are some of her creations…
Charlie practices the trumpet every day after school, despite complaints from the neighbors. He aspires to be a great jazz musician one day.
Sven spends his days looking after his grandmother. She lets him take her scooter to the shops. He is saving up for a motorcycle but right now he enjoys the Vespa.
Jake studies architecture and urban design at NYU and takes great pride in his fresh fashion choices.
Stewart, oh Stewart, such a good natured boy. He enjoys very much organizing community meetings to raise awareness of societal issues. He provides all of the snacks as well.
Theo lives in North Carolina in a newly remodeled home. He confuses people with his ironic sense of humor…he is what some people call a hipster.
Even when I’m away from my dogs, I still seem to find them!
The people who own the vacation rental property I’m staying at have 2 dogs. Coincidentally, one of them is a young Doberman Pinshcer, named Bosco! He absolutely reminds me of Logan at this age. Lanky and kinda crazy. They have their calm moments, but will quickly jump up on a whim. His older sister is Reef, and she is equally as adorable. She looks like a red lab-cross. I’ve had so much fun playing and spending time with these 2, as they greet me on my porch almost every time they hear me come outside.
I’ve also been able to watch Bosco do what the Doberman is bred to do – guard and watch. There are nights, he’ll join me on the porch, and he sits and leans on my legs. Ears up, listening and watching through the fences. It’s absolutely amazing. Watching him dart through the dark night, when he thinks he hears something suspicious and quickly returning back to me on the porch. All I can think about is how much Logan would LOVE to meet Bosco and actually get a chance to ‘guard’.
As you already know we are having a bit of a snow day here in Toronto. Walking dogs can be challenging in this weather so the crew hasn’t had a chance to get out too much today. To cheer the dogs up we wanted to make a special dinner for Brooklyn, Timmy, Owen & Olive (and Logan too!).
We decided to give everyone some tuna with their meals, squeezing the juice over the kibble first.
Then adding the tuna.
Owen & Logan wanted to check out the meal prep.
Timmy is excited!
Olive waiting patiently for her food.
Owen chowing down, everyone finished their food tonight with no complaints!
Owen giving his seal of approval!
Then out for our last walk of the night, there was a pathway cleared so we managed to have some fun tonight!
Timmy checking out all the snow.
Olive with the best snow chin we’ve seen in a while!