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.