Blind dog foster...any tips?

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Blind dog foster...any tips?

Postby ammitnme » Sat Feb 05, 2005 7:38 am

Miss Ebony....she is a sweetie. I keep forgeting she is blind...poor dog, I am a bad foster mommie...I let her run into a parked car yesterday on a walk. God...this is a whole lot different than any foster I have had before.
(and I dont want to hear it about my "jammies", was 6 am when this pic was taken :et: LMAO)



Postby voodoopitbull » Sat Feb 05, 2005 7:40 am

What a beautiful girl! You're amazing to take on such a special needs case :bowdown: :bowdown: :bowdown:


Postby Boo439 » Sat Feb 05, 2005 9:38 am

Aww, poor girl. Give her a kiss on the bump on her head for me. roflmao There's no way you're getting Toda, now. If he ever goes blind, he'll be in for trouble!

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Postby ammitnme » Sat Feb 05, 2005 10:50 am

roflmao I am such a bad Mommie! roflmao Poor girl...she loves her walks so much...I just forget the poor thing cant see! Think of it this the time Toda is old enough to be blind...I will be an EXPERT! lol
(I kissed her poor noggin for you!)


Postby Maryellen » Sat Feb 05, 2005 10:53 am

roflmao roflmao roflmao love the jammies!!! i have the same pants too!! she is gorgeous!! basically i guess dont move the furniture, put bells on the other dogs so she can hear them better, and slowly get her used to everything, she will be depending on you when you are outside, you might want to use a long stick as a guide for where you want her to walk by you, like hold the stick on the outside shoulder of hers to teach her where you want her to walk. its going to be slow work with this one, but i am sure you will do great. what kind of a mix is she?

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Postby saturn2 » Sat Feb 05, 2005 12:33 pm

Miss Ebony is beautiful and you're an :angel: for fostering her.

Blind Dog Tips

Try not to move furniture around or leave obstacles on the floor

Remember we take things so much harder than they do and they also pick up on our emotions. So try to express "happy" emotions around your blind baby

Emphasize the senses they still have:
A blind dog/pup-their sense of smell, hearing, taste and touch
A blind/deaf dog-their sense of smell, taste and touch (they can feel vibrations-especially when you walk)

Ask people to let your dog "smell" their hand before touching them. Most blind dogs personalities don't change. Some dogs however can easily become "startled" and this could also lead to fear biting in some dogs.

Try to treat them as normal as possible. Building their confidence is key to letting them know they can still do things and that you still love them....let them know they are still the same dog in your eyes. For a blind pup it can be the basis for what type of personality they will developed.

Coax, encourage and praise them to do the same things they did before. However, understand and still praise them if they "can't".

Be creative with different scents to mark areas for your blind babies--just make sure its safe for them. You can use different scents of flavored extracts or even something as simple as hanging a car air freshener or potpourri sachet on a door. Using different scented candles in each room may also help your dog distinguish from different rooms in your house

Use textured materials to mark areas. Throw rugs and decorative pillows are great (and people don't even realize their "Real" purpose). Indoor/outdoor carpeting, wind chimes and something as simple as cedar chips or decorative bricks or blocks can help guide them along their way outside.

Use bells or jingling tags on your other dogs.. not only help your blind babies to find/follow your other dogs, but will also avoid them from being startled by your other dogs. You can also use bells on your shoes to help them find you

Don't be afraid to walk with a "heavy foot" when approaching them especially with a blind/deaf baby....they can still feel vibrations.

Don't under estimate the power of touching and massage.

Be very vocal with your dog.

A tabletop fountain can be used as a water bowl. Get a simple one with a large bowl and the sound of running water helps to orient the blind dog and helps him to find his water bowl as well as know where he is from the sound. Some dogs like drinking from running water too! This can be especially helpful if you have to move to a new home with a blind dog.

Additional Resources:
Living with Blind Dogs Book by Caroline Levin

Wishing you the best of luck,

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Postby moochesmama » Sat Feb 05, 2005 3:10 pm

She looks so happy in the picture! I really believe dogs prefer us in our jammies and with morning breath. You are my hero for fostering her :bowdown: ....

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