Blind: Blind Dogs: Extra Considerations

For many people the idea of having a dog that is blind or partially sighted may seem like a lot of hard work – how would he be able to find his way around the house?  How would he be trained?  However it need not be too difficult having a blind dog in your life.

Here are some things you may want to consider if you have a blind dog:

  • Keep the furniture in the same position in your home to enable your dog to learn which routes to take through the house without causing injury.
  • Keep doors closed, especially to any areas that may cause danger.
  • Go for walks on the same routes as this will ensure your dog is not only exercised, but also happy and confident.
  • Be aware of keeping household noise to a minimum so that your dog is not startled.  A dog’s sense of smell and hearing are extremely acute and they are able to use this to aid their lack of vision.
  • Add a dab of scent to the top or base of staircases so that your dog quickly learns to associate a specific smell with stairs in your home.
  • Training would need to be more hands off so that your dog will not be overwhelmed by being touched and will be able to concentrate on what is being said.
  • Always ensure you are tidy if you have a blind dog - It’ll be upsetting for your dog if he is forever bumping into chairs or tripping over toys. 

Blind dogs can often benefit from a having a sighted doggy friend for company - If he hears a friend is near then he will know that the area is safe. Having a sighted companion can really boost his confidence.

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  • It is a myth that dogs are colour-blind - they can see in colour, just not as vividly as humans!

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