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My dogs know hand and verbal signals for most of the things they do. But they have all responded more readily to hand signals. Which makes it kind of funny that AKC makes such a big deal of the signal exercise in Utility. It's usually not a big deal for a well-trained dog!
I have a friend who has a wonderful Havanese who got his RE, got his CD in obedience and got through the Novice levels of agility with no problem, then started having trouble in agility at Open level where more often the dog has to work at a distance from the handler. It turns out that he is stone deaf, and likely has been from birth! But he is SO good at "reading" her, that she had never even guessed!!! It wasn't until he was working away from her, and good neither hear her nor, often, SEE her, that he just couldn't do the work anymore, poor guy!
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