When a blind dog is brought into a home, or your beloved pet has aged gracefully, you’re going to want to provide the best possible experience for him or her. The question becomes, how will he take care of them? The answer to that is exactly in the same way that you would care for any other blind family member. It questions about dog care facts for a blind dog.
Caring for a blind dog need not be difficult for you or your dog
Your blind dog will need somebody to teach him how to avoid running into walls, finding his way outside to use the bathroom, using his other senses in place of his eyes, and trusting his owner in being his caregiver. Trust is the most important thing that your dog can use.
In most cases, blind people are guided by a seeing-eye-dog. For your blind dog, he’ll need a seeing-eye-person.
Guiding your dog through the house is an important step in taking care of him. He needs to become familiar with the surroundings. He’ll need to know where each room is located, where his food, water, and bed are – and this will take time.
You may be surprised at just how resilient dogs are and how well they live in the moment. In most instances, a blind dog will not be fazed and will learn to quickly adapt.
Blind dogs may bump into walls and rub along them to find their way – needing to rely on their other senses and even their whiskers more often to get around. Other than that, they can lead a perfectly healthy and normal life.
An important thing to keep in mind is your dog’s safety, so when guiding him through the house it is vital that stairs be blocked off and that he knows about the gates or baby gates that you set up to keep him out of problematic areas.
For a blind dog to remember and know where he’s in the house, keeping a distinct smell in each room will help. He’s relying not only on his owner but also on his other senses to pick up the slack.
Flowers are a good smell to keep in the living room or a strong scented soap in the bathroom – anything that will help him recognize where he is.
Okay – so your dog knows his way around the house. He knows where his bed is (and his owner’s!), he knows where his food is and he knows where the cat sleeps: he has everything covered. But what about the owner?
Your dog can move freely and his owner won’t be spending the day following him all over the house because there are dishes to wash, carpets to vacuum and soap operas to watch on TV.
So then, how will his owner know where he is at all times? Well, there are two simple solutions to this. Many owners of blind dogs like to place a small bell on their dog’s collar.
The jingle of the bells turns your dog’s collar into one of the cheapest and most reliable tracking devices ever created.
Second, you keep a whistle on hand in case your blind pooch becomes lost or gets into something that he shouldn’t. Your dog can be trained to respond to the blow of the whistle. He barks or howls when he hears it and the owner can find him easily or he can follow the sound back to where you are.
So what happens when your dog needs to go outside?
In the same way that you guided him through the house and blocked off the stairs, you need to enclose and secure your back yard to prevent your dog from wandering.
By having the yard closed in your dog can sniff and run without any worries of him leaving the garden and becoming lost. You can watch him from the back porch and guide him back into the house when he’s done taking care of business.
All dogs need love and none more than one that can’t see. Love, being patient and having a genuine desire to take care of an animal are all important traits to have in caring for an animal that needs a little extra attention.