Thursday, September 23, 2010
Doing some Thinking
The problem is that Ranger doesn't just interact with me and with people who know K9Sign. He's a therapy dog so he interacts with lots of people. In some ways it will be no different than a foreign language speaker with a translator but then there is the rest of the family. Between signing toy when food is meant, making random gestures in the middle of trying to sign something and a general reluctance to commit to this experiment it's a challenge. Fortunately, Ranger is a very smart dog and has already figured out that when other people are telling him confusing things he can check with Mom and she'll give him the cue he understands. We'll see how things go.