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Helping Sully navigate his way through lockdown

Please don’t forget about dogs like Sully. Whilst NAWT centres are closed to the public, their vital care must continue. He’s looking forward to meeting you when the centres re-open their gates.

Three month old American Bull Dog, Sully, arrived at NAWT at the start of April.

A little unique, Sully has been diagnosed as completely deaf. With very young children visiting the house, and no previous experience of managing the training of a puppy with Sully’s extra care needs, his original family made the responsible decision to ask for NAWTs help finding him the perfect home.

As he’s a little too young to be kept in kennels for lockdown, Sully is being fostered with Animal Care Assistant Stacey, where he is coming on leaps and bounds in his training.

Stacey and the team have made some adaptations to their usual training methods in order to help him communicate despite his lack of hearing. This requires an increased use in hand signals to convey commands via sign language, and facial expressions are also important for Sully to gauge how well he’s doing.

Sully also relies on other dogs to be his ears. Stacey explains:

“He absolutely loves his canine company and happily lets his doggy friends be his guide as he plays a bit of rough and tumble with them and also when he settles down for the odd cuddle or two.

For these reasons, it will be really important for Sully to go to a home with an existing dog who will be happy to help him navigate the world. However, Sully will soon grow into a very big and bouncy dog so his playmates will need to also be big and confident to handle his playful nature.”

The team are really pleased with Sully’s progress during his time at NAWT, and are looking forward to finding this beautiful boy his perfect family.

Please continue to help dogs like Sully by making a donation towards their ongoing care.

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