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Living With A Deaf Dog

by Susan Cope-Becker

The first of its kind, and based on the author's firsthand experience of living with a deaf dog, her own Boston Terrier. Includes research on the topic of canine deafness, how-to's for training and communicating, plus collected personal experiences of deaf dog owners from all over the world. Contents: getting and keeping the deaf dog's attention, over 25 hand signs (some illustrated), training and safety tips, testing a dog for deafness at home, BAER testing/what, where and why, genetics of canine deafness, deaf dog myths (aggression and brain damage), stories about deaf dogs from their owners, resources for products, books, organizations, and an opportunity to assist in deaf dog research.

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Hear, Hear! A Guide To Training A Deaf Puppy

by Barry Eaton

Ideas for getting attention, teaching basic commands, help and encouragement you'll appreciate if you have taken on a deaf puppy! (This book is geared more toward training a puppy, but still has good information if your dog is older.)

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Amazing Gracie

by Dan Dye & Mark Beckloff

This is the story of Gracie, a deaf and partially blind mostly white Great Dane with a delicate constitution and penchant for small miracles. In the middle of a bitter Kansas City winter, Dan would save the loneliest pup in the litter, Gracie. And over the next ten years, Gracie would save Dan - helping him learn the meaning of happiness. Dan teaches himself how to cook (since Gracie has an anorexia-producing dislike for commercial dog food), and within three days is baking her the cookies that will transform their lives. If you like dogs, this is a good book. If you are privileged enough to live with a deaf dog, you will love it.

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Caesar: On Deaf Ears

by Loren Spiotta-DiMare

Caesar is returned to the shelter because he is deaf, but a determined shelter worker discovers how to teach him with signs! This is a beautiful picture book for children, but it's nice for anyone with a deaf dog.

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Spike, the Special Puppy

by Jenny Dale

Spike is an adorable Old English Sheepdog puppy, who never seems to do what he's told. His owner, Karen, doesn't know what to do with him, until one day she notices something very important about Spike. It would be nice if all deaf pups were seen by a vet who had info to give out and a trainer who had special classes for deaf dogs. The story ends with Spike understanding hand signals. Written for beginning readers.

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Muddy Four Paws

by Jean Ure

When Clara and Jilly first see the suitcase in a ditch, they don't expect it to yelp. The noise-maker turns out to be Mud, an abandoned dog, and they really want to keep him. This story features a hearing impaired child, and Mud is found to be deaf as well. It's written for middle to upper elementary school children.

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by Charles Swan

These are a series of children's picture books about Nose, a blind and deaf Australian Shepherd. The books are available only through the Home of Nose website.

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For Pete's Sake

by Linda Verville

A children's story book about Pete, a blind and deaf Australian Shepherd. There is a workbook available also. These are available only through the Read For Pete's Sake website.

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The Pocket Dictionary Of Signing

by Rod R. Butterworth, Mickey Flodin

This book is the most complete pocket guide to basic American Sign Language. It's small enough to carry with you.

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Random House Dictionary

by Elaine, Ph.D. Costello, et al

This is a larger ASL dictionary, with more than 5,600 words (it would come in handy for learning ASL as well). This book contains a lot of cross-references, and related words, which makes it easier to find just the sign you are looking for. There are both a drawing and written instructions for each entry.

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