Deaf Dalmation Learns Sign Language


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Zoe is a beautiful 18-month old Dalmatian with a big problem. She is stone deaf. Frustrated about not being able to bond with Zoe, her owner returned her to the animal shelter, not realizing that she had a disability.

When Zoe arrived at the animal shelter in Devon , she was very timid and lacked confidence. The staff there soon realized that Zoe was deaf. That's when they decided to teach her how to communicate in a different manner.

In order to get her to pick up the sign language gestures, they encouraged Zoe to focus on their face and expressions, by bribing her with treats. Once Zoe was able to focus, she quickly picked up the sign language gestures. Today she understands seven commands, which include, sit, stay, dance, lie down, paw, kiss and good girl.

Now that Zoe has learned the basics, the shelter is hoping to find her a permanent home, with an owner who can continue to teach her more.

While Zoe is lucky to been diagnosed and helped, deafness is quite common in certain dog breeds, like Dalmatians, Collies and certain Terriers. Most of them learn to 'hear' through their nose, eyes and 'vibration'. If taught, they also learn to take commands through hand signals or expressions, similar to what Zoe has been able to do.


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  • zoeFriday, March 29, 2019 at 9:21 am
    so cute
    • cute girl 3000Wednesday, November 28, 2018 at 3:52 pm
      so cute
      • socoolMonday, October 15, 2018 at 11:36 am
        shes deaf that's so sad... I know a dog that's deaf!
        • socoolMonday, October 15, 2018 at 11:35 am
          so cool!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
          • lilpiggyThursday, July 26, 2018 at 9:11 am
            thats amaizing? how do they do that and teach the animal
            • jetThursday, July 26, 2018 at 9:09 am
              thats amaizing. how do they do that?
              • merphMonday, March 26, 2018 at 5:36 am
                awwwwwwwwwwww that is an awesome pet shelter.
                • Dakota JohnsonThursday, March 22, 2018 at 2:48 pm
                  This is so cool! I Don't even know how to read sign language!
                  • <3 animalsThursday, March 22, 2018 at 2:45 pm
                    It is so cool that a dog that can't speak or do anything we can do and can read sign language. When I don't even know how to read sign language.
                    • Harry Sunday, October 1, 2017 at 6:10 pm
                      Cool she learned fast