A dog can become blind at any age for a variety of reasons. A genetic defect can cause a dog to be born blind. Injuries or accidents can cause blindness in dogs of all ages. Senior dogs commonly lose partial or full eyesight in their late life years. Blindness for dogs doesn’t mean they can’t live a quality life. It just means you should be knowledgeable and equipped to handle taking care of a blind dog.

When taking care of a blind dog there are a few things to keep in mind to best help your blind dog adapt. The dog may not be able to see but his other senses can be used to their advantage. Their sense may even be heightened or appear that way.

Give Your Blind Dog Space

This can be a corner of the living room or under the kitchen table. Have a safe place for your blind dog to retreat and rest. Keep its food and bedding in the same area and the dog will start to understand this is its personal area.

Create Noise for Your Blind Dog

Your voice and the tone you use will give the blind dog information on what you want it to do. It gives the blind dog a general direction your voice is coming from. You can also teach blind dog directional commands by voice and redirection. Teach the dog “left”, “right”, “wait” and it can quickly navigate with your direction. Using a whistle, clicker or clapping could also be used to teach the blind dog to map out its living area.

Block Hazards

Blind dogs can’t see the danger of a flight of stairs, walking out the front door or wandering around an unattended pool. Keep your blind dog safe by fencing in pool areas, entryways or stairways that it could exit through or tumble down.

Encourage Your Blind Dog to Explore

Using treats, sounds and smells can help coax a blind dog to explore past its normal comfort zone. Rewarding him and cheering it on can boost the blind dogs self-esteem. Squeaky toys are a great way to get a blind dogs attention. A ball with a bell inside allows a blind dog to follow the sound and fetch the balls.

Keep a Great Attitude

The more “normal” you keep things while taking care of a blind dog the better. If you are sad for the dog it will become sad and depressed. Continue the dogs normal routine of regular walks and trips to the dog park. Speak to the dog lovingly and taking care of a blind dog becomes a breeze.

 

Many dogs go blind at some point in their lifetime. Stay prepared for taking care of a blind dog by following these 5 tips.

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