I've been debating this issue with myself for a while now. I am going deaf. If I do not have my hearing aides in I am legally classified as deaf. My speech and speech patterns are affected at this point. My volume control is also affected to an extent. Eventually I will be totally deaf, hearing aides or not.
Now taking this into consideration I am wondering if this might be part of the issue with Rascals training. I can't wear my hearing aides while training him. He spooked into me, displaced one, and caused them to feed back. He BLEW sky high. It's dangerous for myself and him, for me to wear them. Not to mention they are EXPENSIVE as hell. I don't want one of them broken or another one lost in a melee with Rascal.
I know the ideal would be desensitize him to the feed back, but they are digital and all adjustments have to be made by my audiologist. I can't run back and forth daily LOL. So that kind of makes it impractical.
I hope to keep Rascal till one or the other of us dies of old age. So this is an issue now, and will be even more so in the future. I am already wondering if the inconsistency of the tone of my voice, and the volume, may be part of what is making him difficult. He is super calm when being groomed, led, etc. It is only when we start a verbally dominated activity that I start to have problems with him.
There aren't major issues, but it's almost as though he doesn't get what I am saying sometimes. Does that make sense? I know from watching him react with DH and DS it's not an issue with them. Even DH has suggested part of the problem might be not so much inconsistent training, but inconsistent communication of what I want from him (ie. my tone and what reaction I expect are different).
The issues, direction change, speed, halt (whoa), half halt, etc. have gotten worse in direct relation to my hearing according to DH. I am stepping up body communication and non verbal signals to see if this resolves some of the issues. So far, I am sad to say, it has.
I guess what I am after is any ideas that might help train him from a totally deaf/mute perspective. Clucking is no problem, reprimanding verbally is no problem (LOL) but I want to be able to communicate clearly, and effectively what I expect.
DH advised me to think about posting this and the implications of it. He asked me to consider if I am open to the criticism that could be forthcoming since my hearing is an issue. I don't care
. I have come to terms with my hearing loss and eventual deafness long ago.
If it is a training issue alone, then so be it. I'll reevaluate what I am doing and how.(I'm doing that along the way anyhow) But indications are good that it isn't that simple. So yeah, I need advise and I can take it if anyone feels it is "just a training method issue." I won't be butt hurt (DS terminology
) if anyone feels it is a me issue and not a communication issue. Feed back and outside ideas are a good thing whether negative or positive.
Thanks for reading.