Peggy was very timid and shy when she first came into our care, not liking to meet new people and keeping out of the way of strangers.
She found a foster home with one of our staff members who slowly helped Peggy to gain confidence. As she bonded with her new owners, they fell in love with her and decided to give a forever home! Luckily, her new owners had experience with working dogs and shepherding so they set about teaching her sign language so she could continue doing what she loved!
They started by teaching her to look at them for hand signals, using repetitive positive reinforcement and instead of pairing a verbal command with an action, they’d use a physical hand gesture such as a thumbs up to mean “good girl”.