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Deaf dogs sign up for paw language

Solihull Editorial 4th Feb, 2015 Updated: 21st Oct, 2016

A DEAF dog is helping his kennel mate find a home by teaching him sign language.

Boxer cross Shady was taken to the Dogs Trust kennels in Honiley after his owner was unable to care for him.

The seven-year-old pooch was completely deaf, but had been taught a number of sign language commands including sit and lie down.

And now he is showing fellow deaf dog Fitz – a one-year-old collie – the ropes and helping him understand hand signals.

Dogs Trust handler Sophie Williams said: “We think the fact that Shady and Fred are deaf is putting people off so we’re pulling out all the stops to help Fred understand sign language with Shady’s help, which will make it easier for his new owners to continue his training.

“We really hope they find the loving homes they deserve as they are super characters who would make very rewarding pets.

Fun-loving Fred is looking for an active home with calm owners who are prepared to continue his training. He can live with another dog and older children.

Shady is looking for an adult home with no other pets.

Visit the centre in Honiley or call 01926 484398 to find out more.

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