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2021-04-12 9:40:15 AM  
So sweet.

I had a German Shepherd growing up that could follow hand signals.  We were friends with a couple that bred them to be service dogs of various sorts.  So when we got Bridgette from them we had her trained with her litter.  They were to be deaf mute assistant dogs.  She was smart as hell.  Formal training was later in life for them but she got some of the fundamentals when she was a pup.
 
2021-04-12 10:05:23 AM  
 Love this article, subby! I used to have a neighbor whose doggo went blind, and the doggo didn't seem to miss a beat. Tough little pooch. He and his human just made adjustments, is all. I used to babysit him when the human traveled, as I did with another neighbor's cat. Apparently I'm the go-to guy.

Anyway, the blind dog just did dog stuff. If I hadn't known he was blind I wouldn't have guessed it at first. According to his human, the "new tricks" weren't even a big deal. He just adapted.

When I walked him I would joke that I was his "seeing eye human." But he always seemed to not need much of my help. He navigated the street effortlessly.
 
2021-04-12 3:26:47 PM  
neophyte

Yes this is very very real

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2021-04-12 4:12:06 PM  
We had a deaf cat that we taught a few signs to, like stop and get down.   But she would often see us signing and turn her head away to say "I can't see you so I don't have to do it"
 
2021-04-12 4:14:48 PM  

roadmarks: We had a deaf cat that we taught a few signs to, like stop and get down.   But she would often see us signing and turn her head away to say "I can't see you so I don't have to do it"


one of my dog park buddies has a Double Merle Aussie

This almost always leads to albinism & deafness

So yes he is deaf & they use sign language
 
2021-04-12 4:16:17 PM  
Dogs actually do respond better to hand signals than they do voice commands.  Still cool, but not surprising.
 
2021-04-12 5:00:33 PM  
Yeah, teaching them hand signals is just as easy as teaching them word commands. You just do the hand sign along with the command, and they learn it. The only thing that changes if the dog can't hear is that you don't need to do the voice command, just the hand signal. My last two dogs have done both voice commands and hand signals.
 
2021-04-12 5:04:48 PM  
Mine understand - I have a treat in my hand.  That's it.
 
2021-04-12 5:10:49 PM  

Mikey1969: Yeah, teaching them hand signals is just as easy as teaching them word commands. You just do the hand sign along with the command, and they learn it. The only thing that changes if the dog can't hear is that you don't need to do the voice command, just the hand signal. My last two dogs have done both voice commands and hand signals.


That's what I've done with my last few dogs. I had one go deaf in her old age and it was difficult. Since then, they all learn hand signals with the verbal commands. There is no additional effort to teach them that way and its handy.
I also find that it helps me to avoid  yelling when I want them to do something.  If I want them to come to me, I just raise my arm and they'll see me and come to me, even if they're 100 yards away.  And no one has to listen to me screeching.
 
2021-04-12 5:52:44 PM  

Gramma: Mikey1969: Yeah, teaching them hand signals is just as easy as teaching them word commands. You just do the hand sign along with the command, and they learn it. The only thing that changes if the dog can't hear is that you don't need to do the voice command, just the hand signal. My last two dogs have done both voice commands and hand signals.

That's what I've done with my last few dogs. I had one go deaf in her old age and it was difficult. Since then, they all learn hand signals with the verbal commands. There is no additional effort to teach them that way and its handy.
I also find that it helps me to avoid  yelling when I want them to do something.  If I want them to come to me, I just raise my arm and they'll see me and come to me, even if they're 100 yards away.  And no one has to listen to me screeching.


Yep, the hand signals are great, sometimes better than repeating the command over and over.
 
2021-04-13 9:22:30 AM  

Myk-House of El: Dogs actually do respond better to hand signals than they do voice commands.  Still cool, but not surprising.


Yep, that's quite true. Our German Shep' girl learned the meaning of my hand signals even though I was not specifically training her to understand them. For example, when I'd call her over (come here) I'd often use the hand gesticulation for "come here"...seems she got the meaning of the gesticulation right away so asking her to come here is not even necessary now, I just use the hand gesture. And yes, there are others, too.
 
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