Just as in a young child, bad behaviour often indicates another problem. For Hurley, a Great Dane Staffordshire Terrier crossbreed puppy who was surrendered to the RSPCA, many of his problems were linked to an undiagnosed physical condition: Hurley is deaf.
However RSPCA’s behavioural vets could see that Hurley’s issues, such as food aggression, could be overcome with the correct training and so began months of one-on-one work. Much of Hurley’s rehabilitation was conducted by the inmates at the John Morony Correctional Complex, who have the time and the quieter environment that suits dogs that need intensive training. Hurley quickly learnt sign-language for many commands, and is now a well-behaved young man looking for a very special home.
If you would like to adopt Hurley, visit his Adoptapet profile here: http://rspcansw.org/1qIROAZ