Deaf dog ready to be rehomed after learning canine sign language

August 27, 2010

Aug 27 2010 By Ben Spencer

A DEAF puppy has been given a new lease of life after successfully learning sign language.

a mix between a Dalmatian and a collie, Alfie was given to a rescue centre 2 weeks ago because his family couldn’t cope with him.

But workers at Banff and Aberdeenshire Rescue and Re-homing Kennels trained the pup to recognize hand signals.

And Alfie with his ability to pick up commands quickly is already beating dogs that can hear

Volunteer Carol Isherwood, said: “It’s basically doggy sign language and he is very responsive to it. He’s absolutely brilliant for his age. He puts some of my dogs to shame.”

Carol, who has never trained a deaf dog before, added: “It’s actually easier to use your hand than your voice because it doesn’t have any tone, it’s just a signal.”

And unlike with other dogs, she doesn’t have to worry about saying “walkies” out loud.

Now Alfie is looking for a new home with a family who can give him the attention he needs.

His ideal home would be with a couple or a family with children over the age of 10.
He will need another dog for company.

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