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Date Posted: 17:50:16 05/12/04 Wed
Author: Kristin
Author Host/IP: 66.19.102.125
Subject: Re: Sign Language
In reply to: Pittie 's message, "Sign Language" on 14:19:03 05/12/04 Wed

A deaf dog only has the same limits on the number of behaviors (signs to go with them) that a hearing dog has (with verbal or signal cues). I haven't counted what my deaf puppy knows, but it's probably 20 - 40 signs so far. He's only 15 months. My older hearing dogs have, I think, have 75 or so behaviors at last count. I fully expect my deaf puppy to learn the same amount as my hearing dogs.

My deaf dog is competing in agility and obedience just like any hearing dog. In fact, he's bringing home the ribbons competing against hearing dogs. It's really amamzing, but there's little difference between the two.

The only thing about signs - make sure each sign looks very different from other signs. I just make up my own signs, but many folks use the ASL dictionary.

-Kristin


>I have a deaf pitbull about 3 years old. I use sign
>language to communicate with him. Is there a limit to
>how many signs or the complexity of meaning that he
>can learn?

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