On August 9th of 2007, Chad and myself had adopted Helen Keller
(H.K.), a 2-3 year old deaf boxer/American bulldog mix. We knew that training her was going to be a challenge but we didn’t realise how much. We figured a couple of hand signals and we would be on our way. However, this proved to be a little more difficult than we had expected. She is a very energetic dog and initially we had no idea how to communicate with her. At times, it was very frustrating being in the same room with her, as she was always chewing on things and even jumping on the living room table.
After having called a few different trainers it started to sound like she was going to be limited to a leash for the rest of her life. This is not something that we wanted for her! It was at this point that we contacted Duke. It was apparent in the intro session with Duke that this was going to be the way to train H.K. We were able to set-up goals with Duke; one of which was being able to have her off a leash and still be in control of her. With a lot of practice we began meeting these goals quickly. After a couple weeks, H.K. was a different dog all together and we are now able to enjoy her a lot more! Just about everyone that sees her comments on how obedient and attentive she is. Throughout the training, Duke has been a great help, even calling to see how H.K. is doing and seeing if we have any questions. You can really tell that he does care about his work and clients. When I have any questions or concerns I know that I can always call him to get a prompt answer.
Thanks Duke, it is true that you can train any dog……..even deaf dogs!!!
Amy, Chad and H.K.!
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