Zippy the Deaf Boston Terrier Succeeds Where Others Fail
It made me really happy to read about this story from the Daily Mail today. Zippy is a deaf Boston Terrier who has been trained with signs. He's gone from being a nippy, grumpy puppy to a well-trained dog who has earned the Kennel Club's highest obedience award, beating out other hearing dogs who struggled with the test.
Zippy knows over 20 signs. The article has some pictures of his owner, Vicky Tate, demonstrating the signs and explaining how she uses them. Zippy also relies on Vicky's expressions when she's talking.
I like the idea of using signs for dogs, even hearing dogs. My in-laws' dog Cheyenne knows several signs and they really seem to help with training. Good job, Zippy!