Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Deaf puppy 'learning sign language'

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An 8-week-old deaf puppy in Australia is being taught sign language by her owner.

Border collie Pixie has been trained to recognise hand commands to sit, drop and come forth by owner and Coffs Harbour specialist Liz Grewal, The Australian Sunday Telegraph reports.

Grewal 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."

She added: "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.''

Grewal explained that she gets the attention of her four deaf dogs by squirting them with a small water bottle.