Skip to comments.Deaf Woman Adopts Deaf Dog Who Knows Sign Language
Posted on 05/11/2014 10:07:39 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows
A 3-year-old pit bull is headed to a new home with a special family that can relate to her. Both the dog and her new owner are deaf. Courtney Friel reports for the KTLA 5 News at 6 p.m. on May 11, 2014.
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This just goes to show that deaf people can be stupid, just like hearing people, although this is a special kind of stupid.
Next: Blind man brings home blind unseeing eye dog.
Just keep the kids away.
‘Toothless man brings home chewing-mouth dog.’
I think this is wonderful for both of them.
One of my dogs went deaf and it turned her into a real pain in the ass. She’s sleeping right behind me as I type, snoring up a storm.
All my dogs are taught hand signals at the same time they learn voice commands.
Comes in handy when they get really old.
I have a mixed reaction to this. To the good, I’m glad they adopted the dog and that he has a loving home where he is appreciated. Being able to understand at least some sign language will be a useful thing. On the other hand, a dog can be so much more than a companion and a pet. The sense of hearing of a dog is so much more than that of humans, and this could be the difference between getting a crucial warning that something is awry or not. An approaching severe storm or tornado, someone trying to break into the house, a car roaring up out of control from behind them while on a walk, and so on.
Stop it! You love your doggie!
You can’t get a deaf dog’s attention if it’s not looking at you. If it’s sleeping, you can’t get its attention without startling it.
My dog sleeps in front of my FIL’s chair. He can barely stand up, yet he has to navigate around the dog with his walker, or run into it, which, come to think of it, is probably why the dog is so startled when I wake her.
If I couldn’t hear, I would want a dog who could hear, so nobody could sneak up on me. It’s a home security issue. I sure as hell wouldn’t get a deaf dog out of some kind of handicapped solidarity, even if sappy emotional people went goo goo over it.
I’ve recently taken in a dog, he’s very smart but in a manner that can be frustrating at times. He looks for all the world like a miniature Chocolate Lab but many of his behaviors say Border Collie to me. He’s extremely attuned to gestures. I’ve never, ever heard him bark, not once. Sweet, smart boy, and my female Walker Hound loves him, even when he’s trying to herd her about, unless he nips her ears too hard, then he gets schooled and hard, lol. He walks up behind me when I’m walking, goes in between my legs and walks along with me there. No idea what that’s about, but he seems quite pleased about it.
All my dogs are taught hand signals at the same time they learn voice commands. Comes in handy when they get really old.
Makes sense. But if I were deaf, I'd want a dog with excellent hearing (and eyesight).
Is the dog deaf?
No, he alerts to sounds, even subtle ones. He can hear carpenter bees outside the window and goes to watch. He just never barks, he’ll come up to me with a quizzical look in his eyes and nag me to go see whatever it is that he’s heard. He’s probably a little over a year old and was not at all trained in any manner when I got him.
Is the dog deaf? No
Then why'd you bring it up?
Gestures. Is that a satisfactory answer?
protect these two from the cops, Lord. they can’t respond to commands and are sitting ducks for amped-up cops.
My best friend growing up was deaf. I learned sign language and basic commands for service dogs he had over the years. I adopted a deaf border collie many moons ago and the dog picked up sign real quick. He was a great dog. The only trick was carrying a water gun to get his attention sometimes.
Had a deaf white boxer once, sweetest dog ever. Knew hand commands.
Agreed—better and safer to match the unhearing with the hearing.
They make remote collars that buzz, kinda like a cell phone vibrating.
You’re certainly in a foul mood.
Hope today is a brighter one.
You know the rule...without pictures, it never happened.
[sounds like a wondrous dog!]
So would I but people are allowed to make their own pet choices.
Re your post 9, that’s a good idea.
What a mysterious and intriguing dog!
Bless your sappy, emotional hearts!
It came about with my second Dobermann.
I wanted to be able to work him without revealing my presence.
Turned out to be a just generally handy thing, especially when I had several dogs reach extreme old age.
Little kids still think it’s “magic” when my dogs do tricks, seemingly of their own accord.
Another fun thing was the “pointer method” where you use a stick to direct the dog.
Eventually the dog reacts to *any* “stick” and I’ve used a pencil like a “magic wand” to direct their actions.
Kids really dig that, too.
We adopted a 4-year old English Shepherd that didn’t bark and we used to joke that she was trying to decide whether or not we were worth protecting. Finally, after six months, she started to bark but it was a very tight, high bark, not really in sync with her size. After a couple of months of use, it developed into a proper dog bark. :)
So, give the barking time, it may come yet.
LSAggie (posting on hubby’s account)
Your Border Collie guess might be right. Long ago our Border Collie-Lab mix pup was also silent but for one single bark. Stayed silent for a little more than two and a half years. Learned hand and voice commands very early and quickly. Awesome smart dog.
Then he started barking, mostly alerts for his stupid humans who didn’t respond to his action signals. Also responded to sirens with his own siren, awesome range, deep deep bass and climbed. He had a darn near perfect doppler effect. Always amazed guests with that. Then he started ‘talking’ looking us in the eye followed with a series of grumbles, mumbles and ending with a deep inhale and exhale that flapped his flews. End of discussion.
Also there was very strong evidence of his amazing memory. Always scanned the whole room as he entered it. If anything had been moved or there was something new, even small things, he investigated it first thing. Did they same thing with visits to friends homes.
Miss that dog.
Flipside is a deaf person is much less likely to mindlessly do something that startles the dog, potentially resulting in a bite. I figure if they’re happy, let em be. If they want another animal to fill in for ears, more power to em :-)
Oh, it’s absolutely none of my business. I just offered my opinion. I hope they have many happy years together.
My first thought was how odd? Of what use would a deaf dog be to a deaf person? Of course the answer is, they would be of very little or no use.
Probably 15 years or more ago, my aunt, who had been deaf since birth benefitted greatly with a hearing dog. She was in her 80’s when she got the dog.
Anyway, long story short, we got “Shookey” for her, who was a very smart little red and white Sheltie.
It was a joy to see them together—within the first week, Shookey knew what his job was, and my aunt’s life was greatly enriched by having her. Shookey went everywhere with her, and stayed by her side constantly.
Since my aunt lived alone at the time, we were relieved that Shookey was there to watch over her.
What a glorious dog!
Dogs can be Godsends.
I’ve often mentioned Minny my first rescue Ibizan and how she saved my life when the wood stove backed up and filed the house with smoke.
A near-fatal accident at age 20 left me with impaired hearing and no sense of smell so smoke detectors and such were useless.
According to doctors who checked out the lung damage from smoke when I got pneumonia shortly after, it’s very possible I was unconscious and ‘on my way out’ when she started barking in my face while repeatedly jumping on my chest.
If not for her, I and my other dogs would all have died that night.
My great-grandmother was totally deaf, but she was trained in lip-reading and she got along perfectly well in the hearing world - so long as she could see your face she was good to go. She was a nurse, but many people did not even notice that she could not hear a thing.
Poor thing won’t even be able to hear the shot of the cop’s gun.
Sorry it's sideways, I'm not as adept at posting images from a phone.
Our doggie is nearly deaf...she knows hand signals though (she is very smart)
That would probably give her a heart attack. I just gently touch her jowl with my toe until she wakes up. If I do more than that, she bolts up in a panic, thinking she is being run over by a walker.
Youre certainly in a foul mood.
What makes you say that?
I couldn’t even start to guess what he is, though.
Ah, I see.
Guess it’s hard to fault her for that.
You just seemed cranky, is all.
Hopefully I am mistaken.
Dogs certainly ARE man’s best friend.
I’m so glad you had Minny near when you had an emergency!