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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 05-17-2020, 12:57 PM Thread Starter
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Now that Molly is 15 and going deaf, I realize the importance I put on hand signals and gestures when she was young. Here are two article showing the links and just how dogs view us, more than we realize .


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I did that with Honey - her trainer taught the class to do that (we did puppy kindergarten, basic, beginner and intermediate courses with the same trainer). Definitely a very useful to do that - I plan to with my puppy that I am getting in two weeks.

Unfortunately, training classes are still closed, I am hoping that a puppy kindergarten class will open up when she is fully immunized.
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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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