Chloe tells Peggy she’s done well (Image: James Linsell-Clark/ SWNS)

Get email updates with the day’s biggest stories

Invalid EmailSomething went wrong, please try again later.Sign upWhen you subscribe we will use the information you provide to send you these newsletters. Your information will be used in accordance with ourPrivacy Notice.Thank you for subscribingWe have more newslettersShow meSee ourprivacy notice

She can’t hear, but now she can herd again…

A sheepdog forced to retire when she went deaf is back tending flocks after learning sign language.

Border collie Peggy was given to the RSPCA when her handler could no longer communicate with her through the traditional whistles and commands.

But animal welfare manager Chloe Shorten, 28, was determined to help the nine-year-old return to work.

So Chloe and her shepherd husband Jason, 34, translated commands such as “come-bye” and “steady” into body language and hand signals.

What is your view? Have your say in the comment section

Chloe teaches Peggy new tricks
(Image: James Linsell-Clark/ SWNS)

Chloe out working rounding-up sheep with Peggy her deaf Border collie
(Image: James Linsell-Clark/ SWNS)

With the help of a sheepdog trainer and their two working dogs Sid and Nora, they taught her to respond to signals such as thumbs-up for “good girl” and a flat outstretched palm for “stop”.

Chloe said: “We completely fell in love with Peggy.

“We knew she wanted to be working so we started the long process of teaching her how to herd and work with a shepherd without relying on voice commands.

Like news? Sign up to one of the Mirror's newsletters

Peggy back to work in the field
(Image: James Linsell-Clark/ SWNS)

“It’s amazing to see her with this new lease of life. She’s proof that you can teach an old dog new tricks.”

It is not known why Peggy lost her hearing as there are no obvious lumps or signs of infection in her ears.

Chloe, who works at the RSPCA’s Mid Norfolk and North Suffolk branch, added: “She’s still learning and improving all the time.

Chloe calls to Peggy with her hands
(Image: James Linsell-Clark/ SWNS)

Peggy is back tending flocks where she belongs
(Image: James Linsell-Clark/ SWNS)

“It can be difficult with a deaf dog, because you have to wave at them to get their attention, and sometimes she doesn’t realise straight away.

“But she’s such a happy little dog. She absolutely loves running around so we have a GPS tracker on her collar just in case we get separated and she couldn’t see us, as she can’t hear us calling her.”