Join us for PETtalks: Training Deaf Dogs (Feb. 13, 2020)

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Sit! Stay! A deaf dog can’t hear the cues you speak. But that doesn’t mean you can’t communicate. Join Willamette Humane Society as we host Ann Jorgesen, M.S. SBA ACDBC, Shelter Operations Manager at Marion County Dog Services on Thursday, February 13 at 6 p.m. for our first PETtalks event of 2020. Ann will lead an informative discussion about how our canine friends learn, what language means to deaf dogs, and how humans can support them as well as learn from them.

This event is for humans, so please leave your companion animals at home. There’s no fee to attend, but donations are gratefully accepted. Visit our Upcoming Events calendar for additional information or email

About Our Speaker

Ann Jorgesen, M.S. SBA ACDBC, is the Shelter Operations Manager at Marion County Dog Services. Ann studied neuroscience and performed her doctoral research at the University of Idaho. She is a Behavior Consultant who treats every dog as an individual, unique in their communication. Her doctoral work focused on intra- and interspecific signals and communication altered by a parasitic host—the first example of a host modifying mammalian behavior.

Before dedicating her career to shelter animals, Ann worked as a behavior consultant specializing in aggression. Her experience in shelters spans from Washington to California. She is active in the shelter behavior division of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants ( IAABC ), an innovative group bringing forth the importance of behavioral wellbeing in animal welfare. She has parented deaf cats and several foster dogs. Currently, she is fostering a deaf puppy with visual impairment.  

About Her Special Guest

Marshmallow (a.k.a. Mooshie) is a deaf Dogo Argentino who lives in the lap of luxury with Ann and his Golden Retriever brother, Finn.  Don’t let his big size and cold stare scare you; he is a big “marshmallow.” Mooshie has been a helper dog in reactive dog classes since he has several visual cues for play and has very special sensory capabilities.  He’s even been in the newspaper!