To celebrate International Blind Dog Day, we're here to encourage you to adopt a blind dog! They make great companions just like any dog other does. After all, on the list of things that are important to dogs, you might find family, treats and toys — in no particular order. Their vision, or rather the loss of it, will likely be in the “no big deal” category, but they do need some extra care. Here are some things to prepare for before adding a new furry family member to your home!
Dog-proof your home and give your dog a safe zone.
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 corner protectors on sharp furniture and baby gates at the tops of stairs until your dog can safely maneuver staircases. It’s also important to establish an area that’s cozy and safe — like a retreat for your blind pet.
Always keep food and water in the same place.
Once your dog has learned where his food is, it will be easier for him to return to it — and it will become another location cue.
Keep the floor clear of objects.
Tidiness must now be your strong suit. 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.
Introduce new commands to increase safety.
Teach your dog important words like “step up,” “step down,” “left,” “right,” “danger” or “stop” to help him navigate the inside and outside world in the safest way possible.