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Ways to help your blind dog navigate life at home

Ways to help your blind dog navigate life at home

We’ve already talked about all the signs that your dog is unfortunately losing its vision.

But what if you now have a definitive diagnosis from your vet? What if your dog’s state, unfortunately, can’t be fixed? First, we want you to stay calm. Please don’t worry, I am sure your beloved dog wouldn’t want you to! And secondly, give your dog some time and assistance, and it will learn to compensate by using other senses like hearing, smell, and touch — all of which are already very keen in our canine friends!

But there are certain things you can do that will greatly help your four-legged-friend get used to its situation faster.

Talk to your dog

It’s going to be difficult for your dog to get used, so talk to him frequently. The reason being is that sound of your voice can help him figure out where he is and that he is not alone.

Extra tip: Before touching him use your voice to get his attention so you don’t scare or startle him.

Have a routine

Set up a routine for your dog and you. Take him to the same park for example. This way he will know where you’re going and won’t feel anxious.

Dog-proof your home

Put corner protectors on sharp furniture and.

Get down on all fours and crawl around your home looking for hazards, such as things they could dangerously bump into or fall from.

Put baby gates at the tops of stairs until your dog can safely maneuver staircases.

Keep your floor clean

Toys, shoes, clothes or other objects on the floor quickly become tripping hazards for a blind dog, so keep the areas he frequents most free of clutter.

Put a bell on your other animals

If you have other pets you might want to get them a collar with a little bell. You could even attach bells to your own shoes. This way you help your dog hear you and the other pets moving around the house.