Not currently, but it's an assistance dog program that is researching and teaching the subject The Assistance Dog Institute - http://www.assistancedog.org. That's where I went to school.l_l_a;3226 said:Do guide dogs or other service dogs learn to 'read" public signs as part of their training? such as signs for the subway or restrooms etc?
There is a book that Bonnie wrote on the subject and I highly recommend it... she is a classroom teacher who uses the same techniques to teach dogs how to fully understand the behaviors and easily solve problems. The book is list on the website ^^
If dogs can read... guide dogs can read signs for restrooms and exits, shy children can be encouraged that reading is fun, and cancer-sniffing dogs can point to a sign that says what type of cancer they are detecting...
Also, dogs already communicate with us, but we are not always sure what they are saying in some cases - can they point to a sign with the word that they are thinking of? Can they select words from a pile and form a sentence? Those are some of my goals with Charlie.
I didn't even get into it before, but... once a dog knows to look at a card and it will tell them what to do, you can show them a picture and they will figure it out on their own!
After Charlie knew to read DOWN, SIT, SHAKE, and ROLL, I decided to show him a picture of a dog sitting, but I didn't say anything. True, 'sit' is kind of a default behavior in many cases, but for reading 'down' became the default since that was the first one. He looked at the card for a second, then sat - jackpot!!! :dogohmy: It may have been an accident, but who cares? I then showed him a dog lying down, and he sank right to the floor! The next one I showed was a dog on it's back with all four legs in the air... this was supposed to be a 'roll', (back on floor, belly exposed), but I had taught Charlie that only a back leg needed to be lifted - none of his commands at the time were on his back with front legs in the air. I wish I had it on film because it was amazing to watch him think it through... he tried waving one then both front legs, then went into a partial bow and tried to lift a front leg over his head... after about 10 seconds he lay down and shot all four paws into the air! :dogblink: A posture that he had never learned or been praised for, and he offered it because that's what the picture said!
Now he rolls and waves a front paw when I show that card and just does his usual back leg for ROLL or a verbal 'roll'.
People think that dogs can't read because it's not an instinct, it's not natural... uhhh, and humans are born knowing how to read? :dogrolleyes: Really makes you wonder how much more canines are really capable of...