Having a blind pet can be a difficult challenge for any pet owner. However, with the proper training and equipment, you can give your blind dog the same ability to enjoy life as any seeing dog. Read on for some tips from blind dog owners on how to keep your blind dog safe, comfortable, and happy.
Luckily, dogs are not very sight focused in general. While sight is important for dogs, it is less important to the way they perceive the world than both hearing and sense of smell. Dogs are able to gather an astonishing amount of information about their surroundings through these two senses, which goes a long way toward making up for blindness.
With that in mind, it is important to help your dog get as much of the information that is important to them from senses besides sight. Think about why dogs usually would need to see, and make accommodations for them using other senses. For example, simply wearing a small bell that is very quiet to human ears will allow your dog to know where you are when you are moving, helping them to follow you.
One great tool developed for blind dogs is called the Halo Cane. This intellectual property is a fantastic way to protect your blind dog from bumping into things. The Halo Cane is a lightweight plastic tool that attaches to a dog’s head, giving them a buffer that will encounter obstacles before their face does. Between their sense of hearing and smell and a Halo Cane, it is easy for a dog to avoid serious collisions with the environment.
However, do not rely overly on a tool like the Halo Cane. Look around for other hazards to a sightless creature in your home. Open staircases could be a big hazard for a blind dog. Invest in baby gates and other barricades that will keep your dog in a safe area whenever you are not watching them. Blind dogs can be led downstairs, but it only takes one careless slip for a blind dog to have a serious accident.
When caring for your blind pet, keep in mind that blindness is not as distressing for a dog as it is for you. Dogs live moment to moment, and the lack of sight is not enough to keep them down. Keep a positive attitude, and keep up with routines like walks and playing with toys. Your dog will be happier and healthier for it.