Since I use “time out” training on my deaf dog Bud sometimes, I thought this would be some good training information for some of you who have “bossy” dogs or dogs that like to get into everything (including counter surfers). This training also works with mild resource guarding (If you have a Boston Terrier you will understand). With my deaf dog Bud I use this method of training because sometimes he can be very bossy with my boxer puppy Axl. I found that Bud just needed basic redirection from a over stimulus situation (like when the UPS truck pulls up). We never want to use your deaf dog’s crate for “time out”. We don’t want the dog to think of his crate as punishment ever. We want only good things to happen in their crates and since we worked so hard on positive reinforcement crate training, I am very careful not to undo my crate training success. My dogs get new treats, toys and sometimes meals in their crates and they love their crates. It is better to have a neutral area that keeps the entire experience positive.
I set up a “time out” area for him in our hallway. I purchased a short dog gate and a tall dog gate (the tall gate can be purchased at Petsmart and it is made by Top Paw. The short gate is made by Regalo). This way if both of my deaf dogs are misbehaving one can go into the “time out” area in the back of the hallway and the other can go to a “time out” area in the front of the hallway. Sometimes they work as a team with one of them being the look out while the other takes the tr