Caring For A Blind Dog by Helping Him Use Their Other Senses
Caring For a Blind Dog by Helping Him Use His Other Senses
By Brandon James
Caring for a blind dog is actually very similar to caring for a dog with his full complement of senses.
Just because a dog has lost his sight, does not mean that he will be any less demanding of your attention.
For example, he can still fuss about wanting dinner and he may constantly want to play. However, caring for a blind dog does require that you make some adjustments, especially when it comes to the types of communication that you use.
If your dog still has his full complement of other senses, then your job is relatively easy.
That's because your dog can adapt easily by using his sense of hearing, scent and touch to communicate with and react to you.
You can train your dog with either a whistle or with simple commands, but you may also want to consider using various scents around your home to let your dog know where he or she is. (as well as where he or she is and is not allowed to go.
However, if your dog also happens to be deaf, you will need to rely on touch and scent even more.
A dog who is both blind and deaf may take longer to pick up these commands because you must use vibrations and touch to alert him and to show him what you want him to do.
It is important to develop and maintain consistency in your training and to start training as early as possible so that your dog begins to feel comfortable as soon as possible.
After all, caring for a blind dog can be just as much fun as caring for any other dog... and you have the power to make it the best experience for both of you!
Brandon James is the main writer for www.BlindDogInfo.com, an educational resource for owners of blind dogs. When you visit BlindDogInfo.com, you'll also discover the helpful ebook: Living With A Blind Dog which teaches you all about caring for a blind dog.
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