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  •  Yay for Chester! (3+ / 0-)

    I love French Bulldogs, they are so cute and smart.

    Yay for Chester learning sign language.

    Itzl learned sign language made by people to follow commands, but he also learned that his bark is outside of my hearing range, so he developed a range of signs to make himself to tell me things.

    Did you know that dogs can be snarky?

    Itzl has developed a range of insults to bestow on people, and there are days when it's all I can do to not laugh out loud when he's giving his "flapping jaw" signal at someone who just won't shut up long enough for me to answer the question they asked me.  Or his "flippy wrist" sign when we encounter someone who can't make up their mind.  

    Thank all the ghods that most people don't earn his "dirty paws" insult!

    And when he's in a contrary mood and doesn't want to work, he gives me the doggy equivalent of the finger - he stares at me, then slowly sticks his tongue out as far as it will go, then turns his back on me.  I know he's saying, "Can't make me!"

    That's probably Chester's next step - making up signs to talk back to you.

    All knowledge is worth having. Check out OctopodiCon to support steampunk learning and fun. Also, on DKos, check out the Itzl Alert Network.

    by Noddy on Sun Mar 17, 2013 at 08:47:39 PM PDT

    •  I am so happy to see you tonight (4+ / 0-)

      I thought about your Itzl while we were going though this. I considered consulting with you, but felt like that might have been taking advantage. It really didn't take long to figure out together what worked for us.

      You cracked me up several times in that reply. Yes, my dogs can be snarky too. But that flapping jaw and flipping the bird just wins it. Too funny.

      Chester does make new signs for us. It mostly involves his eyes. We make a lot of eye contact together and I can tell when he is trying to communicate something. He also watches Lissy like a hawk and follows her lead. I didn't really touch on her tonight, but I have to say she has been instrumental in all this. She just seems to get what is going on and gives him dog cues and help get them through.

      We are family. We can get through anything together.

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        K9 Sign Language - you can teach your dog to give you signs to tell you things.  

        Itzl has developed a large vocabulary (other than his snark), and can sign the names of people he knows so he can tell me who is calling my name, and he can tell me if the sound he's alerting on is a train, ambulance/police sirens, tornado siren, car honking, and so on. He can sign that he needs to potty, what food he wants to eat (surprisingly, it's not always steak), which toy or game he wants to play, if his water dish is empty, if there's microphone feedback, and other things. K9 Sign helped me help Itzl expand his vocabulary, and it's almost like talking to a very bright toddler. We can actually have two-way conversations.

        All knowledge is worth having. Check out OctopodiCon to support steampunk learning and fun. Also, on DKos, check out the Itzl Alert Network.

        by Noddy on Mon Mar 18, 2013 at 05:56:18 AM PDT

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