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Destructive, Deaf Dalmatian Becomes Sweet Service Dog After Learning One Simple Thing

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About a year ago, this sweet Dalmatian was dumped by his owners at a New York City kill shelter. The owners told the shelter workers to put the pooch down: He was destructive and a biter with no interest in being house-broken. To top it all, the super-high-energy dog was deaf.

Flash-forward to today. Charlie is sweet and calm around everyone: four-legged and two-legged, young and old.

Putting my degree to good use … And the attention isn’t so bad #marchfordimes 💜

A photo posted by Deaf Dalmatian named Charlie (@deafdal) on Apr 30, 2015 at 12:44pm PDT

How did his owner do it? By learning American Sign Language and using hand signals instead of spoken commands to teach her pup. Not only does Charlie know basic commands–like sit, stay, heel, lie down–but he’s also a certified service and therapy dog, which required even more training.

In fact, Charlie is so laid-back now, watch what he does outside of Penn Station, New York City’s train-and-subway station hub at the height of rush hour.

I can’t believe 8 Months ago I found this insane puppy in the kill shelter. I can use every excuse in the book why not to get him… From being destructive, a biter, uncontrollable, opposite of house broken, jumper, insane amount of energy, DEAF … His last owners brought him in and told the shelter he was hopeless and to put him down. Still morning the death of my last dog I couldn’t say no to those eyes 😍 and took him home. Goes to show you that any dog can be amazing with the right amount of exercise and basic obedience! After 6 months he got his therapy dog certification now is a little more advanced and has enough trust in me to sit and be calm outside penn station during rush hour. Before you give up a dog or even when you get a new one, get a GOOD trainer… You get what YOU put into the dog! #dogtrainingtiptuesday #adoptdontshop

A video posted by Deaf Dalmatian named Charlie (@deafdal) on Jul 7, 2015 at 3:35pm PDT

As Charlie’s owner wrote on his Instagram account (@defdal): “Goes to show you that any dog can be amazing with the right amount of exercise and basic obedience! Before you give up a dog or even when you get a new one, get a GOOD trainer… You get what YOU put into the dog!”

Inspiring words for any dog owner. But a great thing to remember during Deaf Dog Awareness Week, which ends on September 26, 2015.

For the last time woman. Get a bag big enough to carry me around with you all day! #smalldoginabigdogsbody photo by @nycdogswag

A photo posted by Deaf Dalmatian named Charlie (@deafdal) on Mar 25, 2015 at 3:25pm PDT

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