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We just started a new program with the BARK dogs. The deaf children read and sign the words and the translator speaks the words. Fortunately, one of our handlers knows sign language so she doesn't need the translator. The kids just love it!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UjiFfoZY41M

We also visited the deaf classrooms with groucho and some of my bottle kittens to teach humane education.
 

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:cheerleader::cheerleader: Go Josie and Groucho and the whole BARK dogs program! :cheerleader::cheerleader:
 

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Awesome work as always, Josie. More power to ya.
 

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you could easily train the dogs to learn the signs. It would be incredible for the children to be able to directly initiate the commands. Hand signals are most effective anyway with them. Dogs can do so much good for children (I have read they help children that struggle with reading issues). If a handler knows sign, maybe that person can teach it to the pups and surprise the kids with some tricks. Pure awesomeness. :035:
 

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We're doing that! Groucho knows water, eat, play, and walk in American Sign Language.

You can see in the video that the little boy signs "sit" (two flat fingers crossed over two flat fingers) to the black lab who gets up from the lying down position to the sit position.

The kids love it!
 

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We're doing that! Groucho knows water, eat, play, and walk in American Sign Language.

You can see in the video that the little boy signs "sit" (two flat fingers crossed over two flat fingers) to the black lab who gets up from the lying down position to the sit position.

The kids love it!
way cool. Very good work you folks are doing.
 
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