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Deaf Puppy Learns Sign Language
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Posted 9/19/09

A tiny eight week old puppy is learning sign language in Australia after it was discovered that she is profoundly deaf.

Pixie the border collie is currently being taught to recognise hand commands by trainer Liz Grewal in Coffs Harbour.

Liz has been an owner of deaf dogs for six years and so far she has taught the clever youngster to sit, drop and come forth.

"Dogs understand your body language, your hand gestures, they read all of that. They know," Liz comments.

"Consistency is the key to training any dog but you have to emphasise it more with a deaf dog. You've to train them in a different way, they train quicker than a hearing dog as there are no noise distractions."

In order to get the attention of her four deaf dogs, one of the techniques that Liz uses is to squirt them with a little water bottle.

She adds: "I want these dogs to have a fantastic life, and I know they can do it."
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Posted 9/19/09
Never heard of this before
Posted 9/19/09
o__o awww

oh and yeah it's easy to train a dog just by using body language etc. my friends dog knows to roll over when you make a twirly movement with your fingers, and to stay when you put your hand out and to lie down if you point to the floor. ta~daa
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Posted 9/19/09 , edited 9/19/09
Any dog can learn hand signals and gestures.
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Posted 9/19/09
o ok. :]
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Posted 9/19/09
That's amazing!!! And so cute. :3
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What I nice trainer xD.
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wow! good to know.. <3
i really appreciate this kind of love towards animals..
i must salute the trainer.. *smiles*
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Posted 9/19/09

leilockheart wrote:

wow! good to know.. <3
i really appreciate this kind of love towards animals..
i must salute the trainer.. *smiles*


Same here <3
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Posted 9/19/09
so up to how far can a dog be trained to recognize hand signals? if anything teach em braille!
Posted 9/19/09
Aww that's cute. :] Go doggies! you can do it.
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That's how my pup learned how to sit, down, paw, and up. By hand gestures. We're slowly starting to remove hand gestures and trying to get her to do it with only the voice commands. She's starting to get it. But she got it easier with hand signals.
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Dogs communicate with body language in a natural environment, therefore it's only natural that they have an easier time learning to understand signs rather than voice commands. There are exceptions to this of course, such as a noice that can simulate a bark without sounding like one, implying that you dislike the behavior. Can be something like "Hey!" or "Up up!". You get the point. Another important factor when communicating with dogs is the touch, it can be a reward or a correction (I do not want to say punishment, as I do not believe in punishing your pets, but correcting is necessary).
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smart dog
Posted 9/19/09
This proves that dogs may know what we say, and understand us.
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