Archive | Blindness

Blind from birth puppies and dogs present a different and little discussed or explored topic in training, socializing and living. Blindness is often associated with age or disease and results in a formerly sighted dogs adjustment to a blind world. This blog focuses on the training, socializing and life of a blind from birth Chesapeake Bay Retriever. The puppy was acquired at the age of 5 months with little socialization or training.

Radar, Louie and Yukon playing in front of the "tree bell"

Pesky Poles and Posts for Blind Dogs

Blind dogs are amazing at mapping out their space but no matter how good they are, poles and posts are often a problem. I am not sure why but I suspect because they do not have a very large diameter and so are hard to lose track of in the grand scheme of things. I […]

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Blindproofing your House

Radar happens to be tactile and depends a lot on his paws for finding his way. Although he knows the layout of my house and yard quite well, I use different textures to help reinforce his mind map. Indoor Textures I have all hardwood and tile floors in my house. This enables me to use […]

Radar in backyard

Two Seizures, Now What?

In mid May, I was leaving on a trip for a week and had a dogsitter come and stay with my dogs. I was departing early in the morning and my dogsitter spent the night to become more acquainted with the dogs. I decided to change the sheets on my bed and have her sleep […]

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Basic Commands for a Blind Puppy

When we got Radar, he was 5 months old and did not know even basic commands. I struggled to find basic commands for a blind puppy. I could only find commands for dogs that had gone blind, none for dogs that were blind from birth. So I had to figure out what commands to use […]

Radar finding Kong Stix.

Nosework for Blind Dogs

Radar was born blind so immediately we assumed his nose skills would be excellent – not so. Yes, he could smell something or someone in the room or  area but he could not find the object with his nose. I referred to Radar’s nose as being global but not targeted. He needed nosework; he needed […]

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