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Living With A Blind Dog
This advice sheet is a very brief introduction to living with a blind dog and we advise you use as many other resources of information as possible (see over for some useful references and links).
Some of the most common causes of blindness in dogs include:
Some of these are treatable, but unfortunately some are not and may lead to sudden or gradual onset blindness. Dogs vary in how they react to becoming blind. As a general rule, older, smaller dogs often cope better with blindness than young, large and boisterous dogs. However, every dog is different, and many owners are pleasantly surprised at how well their pet copes. There are many things that you as an owner of a blind dog can do to make their adaptation to blindness easier.
Training Factors. Having lost sight, your blind dog needs to develop new skills and confidence and you can assist this by training. Consider contacting an experienced dog trainer or behaviourist or consult the references below. Important components of training blind dogs include:
Textbook: Caroline D. Levin. Living With Blind Dogs.
Second Edition, Lantern Publications (ISBN 09672253)