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Discussion in 'Dog Chat' started by AC2021, Jan 14, 2021 at 12:39 AM.


  1. AC2021

    AC2021 PetForums Newbie

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    Hi all. I have a 4.5 month old staffy x kelpie puppy, who after a terrible accident is now mostly blind. He only has one eye now, and that eye has very limited vision.
    Unfortunately the accident happened before he had finished his last course of puppy vaccinations, so he hadn’t had much exposure to the “outside world”. (He did attend puppy school and visit with various dogs of friends we knew were fully vaccinated.) We are slowly introducing him to new places and experiences - we have been walking lots and going to the beach, which he loves. He gets around really really well, plays and runs around with our other dog and most of the time you can’t even tell he is visually impaired. So whilst he is getting better when out and about, there are a few things that we are having trouble with.

    - When out for walks, he relies heavily on his hearing and can hear things coming from a distance away (people riding bikes, other dogs, cars, etc.) but as he can’t see it, he will get his hackles up and bark. If it’s something like a gate that’s making noise in the wind or a person walking etc. I will walk him up to it slowly so he can see it a bit better and have a sniff. Sometimes this isn’t possible (when people are riding bikes past or dogs barking from behind a fence) so I’ll pat and talk to him reassuringly, but it doesn’t seem to help that much. Just wondering if anyone has any good ideas on helping to get him use to and less reactive to strange noises etc.?

    - And also, does anyone have any other tips / ideas of things we could be doing with him to help him thrive and best set him up for his life with blindness?
     
  2. Kaily

    Kaily PetForums Senior

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    So sorry about your dogs accident, how very sad.

    I don't have much practical advice but do think it would be a good idea to get him a vest so other people are aware and respectful of his difficulties.

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  3. AC2021

    AC2021 PetForums Newbie

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    Thank you. Yes, we have ordered an alert collar and lead with “blind dog” clearly written on it, so hopefully that will arrive soon.
     
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    Burrowzig PetForums VIP

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    Wouldn't talking to him make it more difficult for him to hear what he's trying to focus on? I wonder if you could use a shorter, sharper sound like a clicker to tell him it's OK, so he could still hear whatever it is. He'd have to be trained to accept the clicker first at home, and if you could get him to respond to the click by sitting in front of you for a treat, that should be something you can use outside too.
    I'm pretty sure there are blind dog groups on facebook where you may get better advice than from me, as I've never had to deal with anything more than age-related visual impairment in a dog which would be very different as it came on gradually and she was already well socialised and acclimatised to things.
     
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    I have one that is blind in one eye and some of the things I have to be aware of is opening doors wider than I normally would. Standing back and sending her through doors. Not putting a hand straight up to her and obviously when playing with a toy make sure I do not throw it on her blind side. I think her sight is pretty much normal in the other eye though not absolutely sure as both eyes were possibly damaged initially. She also does not like tall statues and balloons in the sky but that might not be sight related. Remember a lot of pups are nervous of cars and bikes and things initially so make sure her better eye is towards the road and get her gradually used to the noise of them. Can you walk with another dog that would reassure her in those situations.
     
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    Silverpaw PetForums Senior

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    You may already be aware of it,but I think there is some information on Blind Dog UK's website.
    I don't have any experience with blind dogs but, with lots of support, your puppy should be able to have a full and happy life.It never fails to amaze me to see just how resilient dogs can be.
     
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    Silverpaw PetForums Senior

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    Sorry,I meant Blind Dog Rescue UK.
     
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