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DEAF PUPPY LEARNS SIGN LANGUAGE

Tuesday September 8th, 2009
ImageAn Australian puppy that was discovered to be profoundly deaf is being trained using sign language. The eight week old Border Collie, Pixie is currently learning to recognise hand commands by trainer Liz Grewal, a veteran in the field of training deaf dogs. So far she has taught the little mutt to sit, drop and come forth.
Liz, who squirts water at the dogs in order to get their attention said, 'Dogs understand your body language, your hand gestures, they read all of that. They know... 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... I want these dogs to have a fantastic life, and I know they can do it.'
Nice one Liz!
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