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Dogs Can Sign, Too: A Breakthrough Method for Teaching Your Dog to Communicate


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Imagine being able to ask your poodle, “Whos at the door?” and having her respond, “Its Katy.” Or asking your golden retriever, “Do you want a treat?” and him responding, “No, water.” Or asking your Border collie, “Which toy do you want?” and getting the response, “Stick.”

If youve ever wondered what dogs would tell us if they could, now you can find out. The K9Sign system teaches dogs to communicate to us-making it a first in any dog training book category.

Dogs Can Sign, Too is the first book dedicated exclusively to the K9Sign system for teaching dogs to communicate to their human companions using a vocabulary of gestures.

This extraordinary education tool, developed by the creator of AnimalSign Language exclusively for the canine community, teaches people and their pets a unique mode of communication that employs an extensive lexicon of specific signs. Sample signs range from general concepts, such as “Food” or “Play” to identifying special treats, such as “Liver” or “Cheese” and specifying a favorite toy, such as “Ball” or “Frisbee.” Signs also include useful questions such as “Whos that?” or “What type?” to naming a particular friend or family member, or even indicating a stranger.

Learning and practicing K9Sign is a fun, challenging, and rewarding experience for both you and your dog that is sure to deepen the human-canine bond while expanding our ideas about interspecies communication.


Most training guides teach dogs to respond to our commands,

About the Author

SEAN SENECHAL is the founding director of the AnimalSign Center ( in Monterey County, California, and the creator of K9Sign Language. She also teaches Human Biology and Behavior at California State University Monterey Bay, as well as Canine Biology and Behavior as part of the CSUMB Extension Program. Sean is a member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers, the American Behavior Society, and the American Associations for the Advancement of Science. Her work has been featured on Animal Planet, and she is a contributing expert to,, and

Table of Contents


Introduction - 1

Chapter 1

AnimalSign Language - 9

Chapter 2

K9Sign Language - 23

Chapter 3

Understanding How Dogs Learn - 38

Chapter 4

Learning K9Sign - 53

Chapter 5

Before You Teach K9Sign - 63

Chapter 6

Before Your Dog Learns K9Sign - 75

Chapter 7

How to Teach the Human K9Signs to Your Dog - 78

Chapter 8

Dogs Can Sign to You - 111

Chapter 9

How to Teach the Canine K9Signs to Your Dog - 117

Chapter 10

The Future of Signing Animals - 194

Acknowledgments - 199

The AnimalSigners - 202

References and Suggested Reading - 206

Index - 212

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Senechal, Sean
Celestial Arts
Human-animal communication
Dogs - Training
Dogs - Care/Health
Dogs - General
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