This not encouraged but it often happens. In fact Louie will often grab his door with his teeth and close it so Radar cannot join him inside! Louie will also close his crate when he leaves to make sure Radar does not go in there to nap.

Learning to Love the Crate

I work with foster dogs and I ALWAYS crate train my fosters. Granted most are adults when I get them but I have used the same process with puppies. I make their crate the BEST place on earth. All of my dogs are fed in their crates ALWAYS! They get Kongs, bones, snacks, everything food […]

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 […]

Yukon bringing his Kong Stix back to me on a leash retrieve.

Leash Anxiety

I have encountered a new anxiety with my latest foster dog, Yukon. Yukon appears to have leash anxiety. Now I have nothing to base this on except observing Yukon’s behavior on and off leash. Leash anxiety is not his only anxiety but I am thinking it may be the biggest one as every extreme reaction […]

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 […]

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