Whether your dog was born blind or unfortunately got cataracts due to old age or some form of ailment, blindness in dogs can be hard to deal with. Here are 5 tips to make life much easier.
. Don’t move the furniture – Blind dogs will learn quickly where certain large items are placed, and they use that memory to get around. Having the sofa in one spot for several months and then relocating it to another will cause confusion, and the dog will bump into that piece of furniture more readily when it is moved.
Mark areas in your home – Get creative by using different scents and textured materials around your home to help your pet get around. Just make sure that whatever you decide to use is safe for your dog. You can use different scents of flavored extracts or even something as simple as hanging a car air freshener on a door.
Use Sound – Bells or jingling tags on you or your other pets will make your pup less frightened when a four legged friend or a human is walking towards him. This has an added advantage of allowing your dog to find you quicker when you go on walks etc.
Be a gentle and warm presence – Don’t underestimate the power of gentle touch and voice. Both help reassure your blind dog. Dogs love the sound of their human’s voice, and that is especially true for blind dogs. Hearing you say its name kindly and tenderly gives your dog security.