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Tail Wagger Talk Book helps Deaf Dogs

The Tail Wagger Talk book by Sophie Lainson has just been released by Hear No Evil - Australian Deaf Dog Rescue

In 2017, while in Grade five, Sophie was tasked with a project called the ‘Genius Hour’ where she was assigned 10 weeks to research a topic and then construct something to present to the class.

Sophie chose the topic of ‘Communicating with deaf dogs through sign language’ and presented her research in a short ‘How To’ guide. 

"I chose to research about Auslan and Deaf Dogs as a project for a few reasons" explains Sophie. "One main reason was because my Mum used basic sign language as a learning tool when I was a baby and young toddler to help me understand more. I was also captain of the Auslan Choir at my primary school in Grade five, though I have been part of this unique choir from Grade one up to Grade six.

The Auslan Choir is something I have always enjoyed and this is where I met Joanne Heyman. Jo is the owner of Willow - the starring dog in the book. I first became inspired by Willow at a school assembly, when Jo and Willow performed some basic tricks such as sit, drop, roll over etc. I was amazed at how persistently Willow would obey Jo, all through Auslan. Soon after I got in contact with Jo, organised a photo shoot and the book came to life!"

Tail Wagger Talk is a step by step guide to teaching deaf dogs modified Auslan signs (Australian Sign Language). The book includes images, instructions, tips and tricks on how to train and communicate with a deaf dog.

All profits from the sale of this book go directly to Hear No Evil - Australian Deaf Dog Rescue. This charity rescues, rehabilitates and rehomes deaf and special needs dogs in ‘tough unfortunate times’ (Sophie Lainson).

If you are interested in adopting a deaf dog or want to volunteer, please visit their page at and feel free to send a message.

The Tail Wagger Talk book is available exclusively through Hear No Evil– Australian Deaf Dog Rescue.

RRP: $20.00 each (+ postage Australia wide).

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