Archive | My Dogs

These are the dogs that have contributed to my learning, understanding and fascination with special needs dogs and how to work with them.

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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 […]

Radar approaching the furniture ring.

Blindscaping the Backyard

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 […]

Louie's Agility Class

Fearful Dogs – Methods for Dealing with them

When Louie arrived at my house, he would run around the house barking and howling at any noise – not even loud ones. This was an extremely fearful dog and I was at a loss how to deal with him. Here are some of the methods I tried, some of them have worked for Louie […]

Lula relaxing in yard.

The Magic of Pumpkin

Older dogs and dogs that have to take lots of medications can struggle with what I call BBD – Bad Belly Day. Lula was on so many medications that she often had bouts of nausea and diarrhea. Some days she just did not want to eat. One of my neighbors suggested 100% pumpkin. She had […]

Learning to Play Fetch When you are a Blind Dog

Being a retriever, I could see that Radar wanted to play fetch but we needed to figure out a way for him to track the object after it was thrown. We started with a rope ball hoping it would have more scent and he could track it. That worked pretty well rolling it but Radar […]

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