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Australian Baby Hands Blog

YourPet & Baby Sign Language

Tuesday, March 6th, 2012

Baby sign language has many uses.  Primarily it is used by parents to communicate with their preverbal babies. Some parents use baby sign language to reduce toddler tantrums.  Other parents use baby sign language to assist with toilet training.  These are just a sample of the many ways you can use baby sign language with your children.

But did you know that baby sign language can also be used with your pets such as your dog, cat or horse?  Over the years, I have received many stories from parents on their successes with baby sign language with their children but I have also received some amazing stories on people’s success on using baby sign language with their dog.

So why did they do this, how did they get started and what were the benefits?  Well, firstly the reasons these people introducing baby sign language to their dog varied.  In one instance I had a woman tell me how she worked in the local RSPCA shelter and she had a dog who was deaf.  She wanted to ensure he would be selected for a new home so decided to teach him sign to help the new owners.

She introduced words such as eat, sit, walk, stop, run, finished and drink.  With these signs, she could let the dog know when it was mealtimes.  She could also let him know when it was time for a walk.  If he was running around the park, she would sign at him finished and he would know it was time to go home.  The good news is this dog did go to a home thanks to this ladys efforts in teaching him to read sign language.

Other people who have introduced baby signs to their dog have done it for some of the same reasons that they introduce baby sign language to their children.  They want their dog to understand what is happening, when it is happening, when it is time to go/stay, time to leave, time to eat / drink etc. They want to be able to communicate with their dog and create a positive experience through positive parenting.

Debra Perrin of Cranebrook, N.S.W.  Sends us this note about her son, Connor.

Connor has now started to sign ‘drink, car and milk’.  (It’s hard to get them on film though.) He is a much happier little boy now we can understand each other. I cannot put into words how happy we are we started using ‘baby hands‘.

Using sign language with your dog is key to a great experience for you and your dog.  As well as introducing baby sign to your dog, you can look at introducing an official dog sign system called K9Sign.  This system involves you teaching your dog specific actions for words so they can communicate with you.

K9Sign opens the door to a depth of companionship while  enhancing day to day experiences together for the purpose of playing, working, or providing services. Most dogs alert their owner with standard actions you’ve probably seen in your own dog or a neighbor’s dog: barking, fetching, pawing, sitting, rolling over, or whining.  K9Signing empowers dogs to be more specific when  alerting their master.  It enhances the dog’s skills to express alerts about the environment.

Teaching a dog any form of sign language, whether it be baby sign or K9Sign, empowers you and your dog.  With baby sign, your dog understands what you are signing and what is happening next.  With K9Sign, your dog can tell you what they want and need, where they hurt, why they bark or what they smell. Better communication reduces frustration, enhances companionship, and provides mental clarity, stimulation, and brain development.

Most dogs can learn to baby sign or K9Sign. The most challenging dogs to teach are those who don’t respond to typical reinforcements. They may not consider food or toys rewards.  To get started, introduce some key signs around your routines of the day which may include Food Time, Walk Time, Sleep Time.  Signs that you may find useful are walk, run, eat, drink, stop, go, sit, lie and finished.  Every time you go for a walk, say walk and sign walk.  You can then introduce signs relating to the walk while on the walk such as run, stop, go and finished.

Some owners and their dogs go the distance and learn 100 signs while most only utilize about 10 signs, however the more you and your dog put in, the deeper your communication will be.  This is something fun to do with your dog and help strengthen your relationship with your best friend.

The Baby Expert Panel

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

It’s all go some days.

Yesterday was an early morning flight to Melbourne to appear on The Circle and today we’re getting ready for this weekend Sydney Baby and Toddler show.

If you missed The Circle yesterday you can check it out below and I hope that I’ll get to meet you in person at the weekend at the Baby and Toddler Show :)


 

See Baby Hands on The Circle Tomorrow on Channel 10!

Monday, September 26th, 2011

Just to let you all know that tomorrow morning on Channel 10, Baby Hands will be on the tv show The Circle.

I will be featured on a Parenting Panel with Jo Ryan and Gerald Quigley.

The segment will be at 11:05am tomorrow morning (Tuesday 27th September).  During the segment we will each get to discuss our top tips on our topic of expertise and also answer some audience questions.

Tune in tomorrow if you are home!

 

Free Tickets For the Sydney Baby & Toddler Show!

Thursday, September 15th, 2011


Calling all Sydney Parents and Soon-To-Be Parents!

The countdown is on to the Sydney Baby & Toddler Show which is being held from 30th September to 2nd October at the Sydney Exhibition Centre Darling Harbour.

Come and visit myself and the Baby Hands team at stand # D76.  We will have lots of information on our products and classes and will be having a special show discount on our Parents Baby Signing Pack!

I will also be presenting each day on the Bio Oil stage at 3:00pm where I will be answering all your baby sign language questions.

The Baby & Toddler Show will be a fantastic day out with amazing toddler entertainment, loads of “show only” offers and quality advice from leading experts. Get your friends, family and mothers groups together and lock the date in your diary!

To encourage you to come and see us at the show, we are giving away a FREE TICKET valued at $20.00 with the next 50 NSW orders from our online store from today.

Alternatively purchase your early bird ticket for the event and receive 25% off the door price, VIP entry to the Show from 9am, plus a bonus entry to win the brand new Volvo V60! Buy NOW!

We hope to see you in person at the Sydney Baby & Toddler Show :)

Free Tickets for The Brisbane Baby & Toddler Show!

Saturday, August 27th, 2011

Brisbane Baby & Toddler Show

Calling all Brisbane Parents and Soon-To-Be Parents!

The countdown is on to the very first Brisbane Baby & Toddler Show which is being held from 2nd – 4th September at the Brisbane Exhibition Centre Southbank.

Come and visit myself and the Baby Hands team at stand # E35.

I will also be presenting each day on the Bio Oil stage at 3:00pm where I will be answering all your baby sign language questions.

The Baby & Toddler Show will be a fantastic day out with amazing toddler entertainment, loads of “show only” offers and quality advice from leading experts. Get your friends, family and mothers groups together and lock the date in your diary!

To encourage you to come and see us at the show, we are giving away a FREE TICKET valued at $20.00 with the next 50 Queensland orders from our online store from today.

Alternatively purchase your early bird ticket for the event and receive 25% off the door price, VIP entry to the Show from 9am, plus a bonus entry to win the brand new Volvo V60! Buy NOW!

We hope to see you this in a couple of weeks at the very first Brisbane Baby & Toddler Show :)

Baby And Toddler Show Brisbane 2011

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011

baby-and-toddler-show-brisbaneThe better than ever Baby and Toddler Show is happening next month in Brisbane at the Exhibition Center on the 2nd to the 4th of September.

I will be there all weekend along with our Sunshine Coast Baby Sign Teacher Yuki on stand number E35, we would love to see you pop by.

I will also be talking as part of the shows expert speakers on stage at 3pm each day

This show just keeps getting better and better so if you want (more…)

Baby Hands In The News – Inner West Baby Sign Classes

Thursday, May 19th, 2011

Catherine our Inner West Baby hands Teacher was featured in the innerwestcourier this week with her gorgeous 8 month old son Charlie.

As Catherine rightly points out baby’s can start signing a long time before they can speak, its just important to ensure that you are consistent with your signing and introduce a mix of practical and motivational signs.

Read the article below and for more information (more…)

Baby Sign Language Breaks Barriers

Friday, April 8th, 2011

Yuki our baby sign teacher on the Sunshine coast was featured in the Sunshine Daily Coast this week.

Yuki has been running introductory baby sign classes at her local library in Caloundra for parents in the area.

If you would like to speak to Yuki about organising a class you can contact her directly through the website here:

Remember, if you can organise a group of 5 or more from your mums group or friends you will get the class for free as the organiser. Contact Yuki for full details.

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Come See Us At The Baby & Toddler Show Melbourne

Thursday, March 31st, 2011

The Baby & Toddler Show MelbourneWith only 8 days to go, the count down has begun to the Baby & Toddler Show Melbourne.

We are looking forward to being a part of the show again this year and you can come visit us at stand 185.

The show is being held at the Royal Exhibition Building, Carlton Gardens in Melbourne.

The Opening times are from 9.30am to 4.30pm daily but you can get early entry to the show with an Early Bird Ticket (which you can buy here now), getting you into the show at 9am.

As well as having a stand at the expo, we are also being featured on the Bio-Oil Baby & Toddler Seminars. Our talk will be on baby sign language, the benefits, the frequently asked questions, the international research as well as where to start. You can catch the seminar each day at 3pm on the main stage.

The Baby & Toddler ShowIf you can’t find our stand, just look for the stand with the cute baby featured in the picture here.

ABC News Story Highlights The Need For Sign Language

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

abc-news-sign-language-storyAs many of you may well have seen recently throughout the disasters that have been happening around the world and indeed right here in Australia the use of sign language interpreters has become more and more widespread.

Standing alongside those delivering news and updates on the current events, sign language interpreters have been a common site on television recently.

ABC news recently did a story on the growing popularity of interpreters and contacted us at Baby Hands to find out a little bit about the increasing popularity (more…)