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Senior Staffie learning sign language in RSPCA care


I was told when Buddy was only 3 to teach him sign language in case he went deaf in old age. Every command and communication became associated with a sign, so when Buddy did lose his hearing we could still communicate with him.

The most important sign we taught him was "good dog", which was simply a thumbs up. It meant so much to me that I could always tell Buddy he was good, and see his tail wag in response.

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Rocco is deaf

Dedicated staff at an RSPCA animal centre near Swansea are showing a deaf rescue dog that - even without his hearing - the world can still be a wonderful place.

Rocco

Dedicated staff at an RSPCA animal centre near Swansea are showing a deaf rescue dog that - even without his hearing - the world can still be a wonderful place.

'You can teach an old dog new tricks': Deaf sheepdog given up by owner learns sign language to continue rounding up livestock

Working collie relinquished to RSPCA after losing her hearing learns sign language so she can continue doing the job she loves!

A collie who ended up in rescue when she lost her hearing and could no longer work has learned sign language so she can continue rounding up livestock.

Eight-year-old working collie Peggy was signed over to an RSPCA officer in December 2018 when her previous owners could no longer keep her.

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Peggy Sid and Nora

A collie who ended up in rescue when she lost her hearing and could no longer work has learned sign language so she can continue rounding up livestock.

Peggy 3

A collie who ended up in rescue when she lost her hearing and could no longer work has learned sign language so she can continue rounding up livestock.

Peggy 2

A collie who ended up in rescue when she lost her hearing and could no longer work has learned sign language so she can continue rounding up livestock.

Peggy

A collie who ended up in rescue when she lost her hearing and could no longer work has learned sign language so she can continue rounding up livestock.

This deaf dog has learned signed language and his favourite sign is walkies

When Ivor was rescued by the RSPCA, staff knew it would be difficult to find him the right home - until the Bromilows came along…!

Ivor had been passed around five homes before he arrived at the RSPCA - but now he’s thriving in his forever home with dedicated new owners who are teaching him that, even without his hearing, the world can be a wonderful place.

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Ivor had been passed around five homes before he arrived at the RSPCA - but now he’s thriving in his forever home with dedicated new owners who are teaching him that, even without his hearing, the world can be a wonderful place.

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256 - Keep fit with your dog and holistic animal practice

Physiotherapist and lecturer Steph Evans helps people and dogs have fun and keep fit. Lisa Tully explains her holistic approach to dog health, and reveals how she has communicated with companion and wild animals. Julie takes exception to the trend of "10 dog breeds which..." articles.

189 - The Dog Healers and War Dogs Remembered

In this episode you can hear Mark Winik talk about his debut novel, The Dog Healers, and listen to Julia Robertson explain why she founded the charity War Dogs remembered. Plus there's the DogCast Radio News, and what Mischief the German Spitz puppy has been up to.

188 - Service Dogs UK and Roxie the Doxie Finds Her Forever Home

In this episode you can hear about Service Dogs UK, a fantastic charity which trains assistance dogs to support veterans of any service - military personnel, police, firefighters, paramedics and the coastguard - who develop Post Traumatic Stress Disorder due to their job. Also, listen to Dr Jody A Dean, a clinical psychologist talk about how her book, Roxie the Doxie finds her Forever Home, is helping children understand and talk about adoption and other family issues. Plus the DogCast Radio News and some thoughts on the alpha dog myth.

187 - Muffins Halo and Chorley Fun Dog Show

In this episode you can hear about Muffin's Halo for Blind Dogs, and what motivates people to enter their dog in a fun dog show. In the DogCast Radio News, listen to stories about the latest dog related research. Plus there's a new member of the DogCast Radio team!

186 - Maxwell Muir on wolves

In this episode you can hear trainer, behaviourist, writer, broadcaster and wolf expert Maxwell Muir talk about what wolves mean to him personally, their plight in a modern world, and his hopes for their future. Plus we have the DogCast Radio News.