I found this story on The Californian.com (thanks Echo) and this is so wonderful to read an SPCA out west is offering a training program for deaf dogs. According to my dog Nitro, the SPCA for Monterey County Calif. ROCKS!


Meet Jasmine, a 3-year-old Australian cattle-dog mix who’s been deaf since she was a puppy.

Jasmine and her owner, Kim Madolora of Salinas, will be among the first participants of Deaf Dogs 101, a new dog-training class offered by the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals for Monterey County.

The classes begin Sept. 1 and are aimed at helping owners communicate better with their hard-of-hearing hounds.

Beth Brookhouser, the SPCA’s director of community outreach, said they have wanted to provide the training for quite some time.

While the SPCA has had deaf dogs in its care, Brookhouser said, none is housed at this time. She said “Zeus,” a partially deaf 8-year-old pit bull mix, was recently adopted.

The classes are meant to provide dog owners with more insight for communicating more effectively through hand signals and body language, Brookhouser said, because deaf dogs aren’t able to respond to voice commands.

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