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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 […]

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 […]

Radar at Wags & Whiskers.

Second Fear Period with a Blind Puppy

Although this is not specifically related to being blind, it is an issue/stage that blind puppies can experience and present its own unique challenges. For the last few weeks, Radar has been more barky than usual. We started attending obedience class thinking it would help socialize him. While he barked a little less than last […]

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Blindness – Radar’s Story

Radar was blind from birth. Radar is a male Chesapeake Bay Retriever born October 26, 2012. Radar displayed eye problems early and was diagnosed with bilateral anterior segment dysgenesis which is the result of a birth defect at 14 weeks of age. The tissues of the eye (cornea and uveal tissues) never separated resulting in […]

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