When you are caring for dogs which are blind, there are several useful tips to follow.
A blind dog can still roam around safely in surroundings which are not changed too often. Moving furniture around too often is not encouraged. Make sure you do not leave any shoes, toys or other things lying around as the dog can trip and injure itself.
Owners of blind dogs can consider installing safety gates on some doors and stairs.
Using a collar rather than a harness is another useful tip in caring for dogs which are blind. It helps in guiding the blind dog better. Dogs may also find it difficult to jump into a car especially when they are big dogs. Therefore a ramp with sides is recommended.
Sense of smell
Dogs have naturally dazzling sense of smell.
Alexandra Horowitz, a dog-cognition researcher at Barnard College, writes that while we might notice if our coffee has had a teaspoon of sugar added to it, a dog could detect a teaspoon of sugar in a million gallons of water, or two Olympic-sized pools worth. Another dog scientist likened their ability to catching a whiff of one rotten apple in two million barrels.
When taking out blind dogs for a walk, they are more reliant on its sense of smell and hearing more than an average dog to move around. Therefore it is important to make sure that the blind dog teeth are healthy.
Dogs have an extra olfactory organ in their mouth which will not work properly if they have rotten teeth or ulcers. When caring for dogs which are blind, it is recommended to have their teeth checked periodically.
Finding the best toys
Another tip on caring for dogs which are blind is to buy a sign which the dog can wear as a blind dog can behave unusually and also be unaware of the people around it. If your dog is only partially blind, it is recommended to stay away from toys that have flashing lights. Dogs with limited vision are at higher risk for becoming fixated on lights and flashing toys only encourage this unwanted behavior.
It is important to find toys which are suitable for blind dogs. Noisy toys that make longer noises rather than a squeak when squeezed will help your dog find them during searching games. However steer away from such toys if your dog is sensitive to loud noises and choose quieter noises like toys that make crinkle sounds.
Treat dispensing toys are great for blind dogs. Treat-dispensing toys aren’t just for food. In addition to hiding treats, they’re designed to keep your dog busy and also engage their sense of smell.
Scented toys are also great toys as it helps the blind dogs to play harder. Toys which have special scents like lavender can heighten their sense of smell and keeps your dog interested much longer.
Caring for dogs which are blind need extra special care but they can be as adorable and just as sweet, friendly, loving and gentle as sighted dogs.
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