Deaf dog learns sign language, seeks forever home

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At first glance, Samson the 11-month-old Bully Breed Mix seems just like any other puppy.

But Samson is a little different: he was born deaf.

Samson was brought into the Safe Haven Humane Society and Outreach Center over the winter, and is currently living with a foster family.

“He has a wonderful foster home who is teaching him sign language,” said LaDawn Reuter, who works with Safe Haven.

Samson currently knows a few commands in sign language: “good,” “sit,” and “no.” His foster family is  working to teach him “down.”

As far as training a puppy goes, Samson’s handlers say he’s doing a good job, and ready to find his forever home.

That family will have to learn some new tricks along with their new best friend.

“They’re going to have to learn sign language,” Reuter said. “And it’s difficult when you’re having to train him and work through that puppy stage and teach him the sign language and teach him the cues and teach him everything he needs to know.”

Reuter added that Samson will do best in an active family where he can be the only pet.

For the family that fits the bill and welcomes Samson into their home, he will make a great companion.

“If he was a human, he’d be a goofball comedian,” Reuter told Local Five. “He’s so loving, he’s absolutely loving. And he really doesn’t bark. That’s the nice thing, because he can’t hear, he doesn’t bark a whole lot. He is a very sweet, lovable dog.”

If you are interested in learning more about Samson, click here.

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