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The care of a blind dog

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Posted on May 27 2018

Blind dog has all the same nutritional, emotional and physical requirements as a dog that can see normally. The only difference is that the blind dog can not see. When a dog can not see, it will depend more on its owners to be its eyes. Therefore, it is important for owners of a blind dog to learn how to deal with their dog's disability and how to take care of it.



The differences in the blind dog

Whether your dog was born blind, or has recently become blind will make a big difference in how your dog acts. A dog that is born blind has to learn the concept of distance, touch and smell. He has never seen a ladder, a door, a bedroom or even another animal. He can only rely on his other senses to tell him that there is an object in his presence that forces him to walk in a different way, such as when climbing stairs or around doors and walls. He has no idea what these objects look like, but he has learned that he can navigate them.

Similarly, when a dog is born blind, he may be a bit hesitant in the presence of other animals. He will be cautious because he is not sure if he can trust the animal and if the animal is a predator or a friend. Also, because he is limited in his ability to defend himself, his instincts force him to be cautious of anything he is not sure of.

On the other hand, a dog that has recently become blind can remember objects and animals from his days when he could see. But now that he is blind, he will not be able to recognize objects initially with his eyes - instead he will have to learn to use his other senses in order to remind him what something is.

A dog that was not born with the handicap of blindness tends to be less hesitant around other animals and people, because he is familiar with them. However, he can not be as playful as he once was while learning to cope with his disability and trying to understand why he can no longer be seen.

The care of a blind dog

Caring for a blind dog is not too difficult - however, it requires a bit of patience and strong dedication. A blind dog depends on you to be its eyes, which means that it will continue in order for you to navigate it. He will trust you to teach you where the food containers are, how to get to the door and to show you if other animals are good or bad.

The best way to teach your blind dog about these factors is to establish a routine and stick to it. Because a blind dog can become confused and disoriented when objects move around the house, a strict schedule and structure is required more than a dog can see. You should always make sure to change the place furniture as little as possible in order to help your dog become familiar with its surroundings.

A blind dog will lean on his senses and memories - so that it is always better to try to keep things the same for him. You can try to keep your food containers in the same place and always using the same path when walking outside to help you acclimate to your new environment.

Similarly, one always wants to try to warn people not to move too fast around them and also try to keep other dogs as calm as possible around them. By doing these things, you can help your dog to relax and be more comfortable with the introduction of a new person or animal.

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