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How to Live with a Blind Dog

There is no reason at all why blind dogs can’t live a happy, comfortable, and fulfilling life. Most times, dogs go blind slowly, usually because of age, and they more often than not simply accept their blindness, and just get on with their lives. There are a few things that you can do though, that will help your dog, despite his blindness, live a long and happy life.

  • Get Chatting!

  • Talk to your dog often during the day, and include your normal commands to him such as “come, stay, down, and sit.” Apart from your voice being reassuring to him, it will help to guide him too, to get around with confidence.
  • Avoid Change

  • Don’t move furniture around if you can help it. Blind dogs form a mental picture of their surroundings, and changing the position of the furniture in your home will completely disorientate him. Make sure too, to always keep his bedding and bowls in the same place, and give him time to get used to any new places you visit safely, on a leash if necessary.
  • With Bells On!

  • Clip a small bell around your wrist or to a belt loop. This will help your dog to find you, and prevent him from becoming distressed
  • Avoid Slippery Surfaces

  • Create a “roadway” for your dog, by placing carpet runners on the floor in your home.
  • If you have stairs, then make it easier for him to navigate them, by installing carpets on your stairway. Help him to build confidence by leading him gently up the stairs with his favorite treat, while supporting his mid-section with your other hand.

These are just a few of the many ways that you can help your blind dog live a happy and contented life. As soon as he gets used to a routine, and has formed a mental picture of your home, he will get around just like any other seeing dog would, and do it so well in fact, that guests will probably not even be aware that he is blind.

 

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