A senior sheepdog learned sign language for breeding.
Peggy, 9, a border collie from the UK, lost his hearing and was turned over to the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, according to South West News Service.
However, Peggy’s luck improved when she crossed paths with Chloe Shorten, the UK News Agency reports.
Chloe, who is responsible for animal welfare at the RSPCA’s Mid Norfolk and North Suffolk branch in Norwich, England, provided Peggy with a place to stay and access to much-needed training.
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According to SWNS, the 28-year-old animal lover and her herding husband Jason, 34, began teaching Peggy hand signals shortly after it “became clear that she wasn’t going anywhere.”
With the help of the couple’s other two sheepdogs (Sid and Nora) and a specialist sheepdog trainer, Chloe and Jason were able to teach Peggy to recognize hand signals and body language for communication. basic and breeding.
“We knew Peggy wanted to work, so we started the long process of teaching her how to keep and work with a Shepherd without relying on voice commands,” Chloe told SWNS. “We used repetitive, positive reinforcement and instead of associating a verbal command with an action, we would use a physical hand gesture… For example, a thumbs up means ‘good girl’.”
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In addition to the praise, Peggy could have read the hand signs that tell her when to stop, slow down, or change direction.
Local vets were unable to tell the couple what caused Peggy’s hearing loss, SWNS reports.
the American Kennel Club says hearing loss and deafness are difficult health issues that can happen to senior dogs.
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“There are many causes of hearing loss in dogs, but for older dogs the cause is often degenerative changes in the nerves found inside the ear. This is similar to the hearing loss seen in older people. The National Dog Registry explains in a guide to navigating canine hearing loss. “The changes will likely be gradual, so the symptoms will appear slowly and you may not notice it right away.”
The AKC advises dog owners who have a pet that is losing their hearing to use hand signals, vibrating collars, and heavy footsteps to educate and communicate with the affected dog.
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For border collie, the AKC says this breed was originally designed to keep sheep in Scotland. The breed can live up to 15 years and is characterized as a “smart workaholic“who can lock sheep in pens with hand signals, whistles and guide clicks.
While Peggy excelled at learning non-verbal communication at her age, she isn’t the only notable Shepherd Dog to have made headlines recently.
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In early June, a border collie hooker went missing in Idaho after being thrown from his seat in a car crash, but the lucky dog was later found at a nearby sheep farm. The farmers who found the dog believe he may have been trying to keep their sheep.