When representatives of Don’t BULLY Me Rescue walked the stray isles of the Austin Animal Center they came across a small white pit mix cowering in his kennel. He was shaking so badly, and it was obvious to them that he was extremely afraid of the environment that he was currently in. They decided to pull him out and evaluate him the best that they could. What they discovered was an underweight boy who had the cutest under bite with old bite marks all over him. He was lacking confidence and desperately needed their help. The ladies pulled him and he went straight into foster care.
After Jax settled into his foster home, his foster family noticed that he was not responding to most sounds & noises and it was clear to his foster family and Don’t BULLY Me Rescue that Jax was hearing impaired. It was then decided to consult with a trainer to explore their options for Jax and what the best methods of training a deaf dog would be. Don’t BULLY Me Rescue teamed up with another wonderful nonprofit group that trains shelter dogs. This organization is called A.D.O.P.T (American Dog Owners for Proper Training). A.D.O.P.T has offered to take in Jax and train him pro bono to become a certified diabetic detection service dog. If this avenue doesn’t work out for Jax, he will still be trained as an emotional support dog or therapy dog. And, in return Don’t BULLY Me Rescue will donate Jax to a family and or person in need.
Update from Jax’s trainer on his progress: Jax learned downs tonight. He seemed a bit perplexed on the first ones, but #8 is evidently his magic number because it clicked on that one. So, my little deaf pittie now knows heel, sit, and down as well as “let’s go/come here”, off, in/on/up, no, good, and yay! Oh. And of course . . . I love you. :-) Of course he is more consistent with some than others, but this little scrunchy faced snuggle bug is catching on quickly and is a force to be reckoned with. I’m having a harder time trying to determine what I want to use for hand signals than he is learning them. Who knew that ASL had so many two handed signs? It gets a little inconvenient when you are trying to hold a leash.
To learn more about A.D.O.P.T or to make a donation to them, please visit their website. To follow Jax’s adventure in foster and training you can check out his very own facebook page.
To learn more about Don’t BULLY Me Rescue or to make a donation to this wonderful group, please visit their website or their facebook page.
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