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 […]
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 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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]