Deaf dog passes toughest obedience test in Britain after mastering sign language
Posted Nov 04 2010 12:10pm
It's not unheard of for a dog to turn a deaf ear to his owner – usually when the pet in question is chewing up a fascinating new item of furniture.
Zippy the Boston terrier, on the other hand, really does have a hearing difficulty. But thanks to his owner, who came up with her own form of sign language, he is still top dog in his obedience class.
Despite being completely deaf, two-year-old Zippy has now received the Kennel Club’s highest award for obedience.
To pass the gold award test, tasks included going to bed and staying there; walking by his owner’s side while ignoring another dog nearby; and walking at heel along a road.
His proud owner, Vicky, who lives in Essex, said: 'A lot of dogs which can hear were were struggling with the exam. It was the first time the training school had given the award to a deaf dog and everyone was stunned when he passed."