How can I help my blind dog?
Here are 18 tips for helping your blind buddy navigate life at home and outdoors.
- Give your dog a safe zone.
- Talk to your dog frequently.
- Keep a consistent routine.
- Let others know your dog is blind.
- Create location cues.
- Dog-proof your home.
- Always keep food and water in the same place.
- Use scents during activities.
How do I protect my blind dog’s head?
Helmets can help protect their heads from any minor head trauma that can occur. If your pet is visually impaired or has a disability where they may bump into things, a helmet will be beneficial. Blind dogs can become frustrated when they bump into things and can sometimes bump a little too hard.
How do I help a blind dog around the house?
Tips for caring for a blind or visually impaired dog
- Don’t move the furniture around at home.
- Get down on all fours and crawl around looking for hazards, like sharp edges.
- Use your voice and talk to him all the time.
- Leave a radio on in the same place, especially if you go out.
Should you put a blind dog down?
Just because your dog’s gone blind and is aging doesn’t mean he should be put down. Surprisingly, some people think it’s cruel to keep a blind dog, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. Dogs don’t have nearly as good vision as humans, in general, so being blind really doesn’t affect them too much.
Do blind dogs need a halo?
A halo vest with a perfect fit is crucial for a blind dog. It’s not going to do them any good if the vest is too small or so large that it falls right off of them. Double-check your dog’s measurements before buying a product to ensure that it will fit tightly, but comfortably.
How do you walk a blind dog on a leash?
Make sure your dog is in the optimum position to walk on a loose leash (leash hangs like a “J” and isn’t pulled tight). Your dog’s shoulders are in line with your left leg. Hold the leash about 18″ from your dog’s collar to limit his or her ability to move too far away from you, and limit your ability to pull your dog.
Should I walk my blind dog?
The answer is – absolutely! In fact, you should do all you can to make sure your daily walks with your blind dog don’t change or stop. According to the American Kennel Club, all dogs rely heavily on routine to make it through the day, and this goes double for any animal with limited sight.