How to Help a Blind Pet Adjust
- Don’t treat your pet differently once it’s lost vision
- Make sure to seal off decks, banisters, swimming pools or anything else a pet can slide through or fall down.
- Don’t let your dog get bored. Blind dogs still want to have fun, and they no longer have the option of watching “dog TV” by gazing out the window at squirrels and passersby.
- Dogs can memorize the layout of your home, yard and daily walk, but make sure to take them on the same route every day so they can become confident.
- For walks, try passing a thin leash through a short length of PVC pipe. This creates a stiff leash that can help you keep your pet from running into trees or lampposts.
- Don’t hesitate to use more verbal cues. Dogs can learn up to 200 or 300 words, so you can use language to help them navigate where to step.