Activities For Dog With Glaucoma

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Introduction

If your dog suffers from glaucoma, you are very aware of how difficult it can be to find activities for them to enjoy. Just like in humans, glaucoma causes dogs to have poor eyesight and can even lead to blindness. So what can you do with your pup who is struggling to see clearly? Plenty of things! Your dog's vision issues do not need to get in the way of them having lots of fun!

New Toys

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Any Day
Moderate
Easy
20 min
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New Toys
Activity description
When a dog loses their vision, things that used to attract them will no longer hold their attention. A brightly colored toy that was their favorite is now laying in the corner, untouched. However, you still want your pup to be able to play with toys and find them whenever they are feeling up to it. Luckily, there are plenty of toys that are ideal for dogs with vision impairment and it won't break the bank to buy a few for your pup. Search for new toys, specially designed for your dog with glaucoma anytime but the sooner the better!
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Scented Toys
Many dog toys come with a built-in scent that is ideal for dogs who have vision issues. Scented toys are easy for your dog to find as they can rely on their noses rather than their eyes. Many scented toys will retain their scent after hours and hours of play, meaning you won't have to be running out to buy more! Look for the strongest scents that your dog would be attracted to like bacon or cheddar cheese! Yum!
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Musical Toys
Several dog toys have been designed with dogs who have glaucoma in mind. Adding a musical component that continues to play music for several seconds is how these toy manufacturers did it! When the song continues (not just a squeak when the dog chews the toy), they will be able to find the toy when it is thrown making fetch still possible despite having poor vision. Grab a musical toy soon for your pup!
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Kong Toys
Kongs are great as you can stuff dog treats inside the toy and have your dog really work for their snack. This is perfect for a dog with glaucoma as they will be able to sniff out the toy, then play for a while trying to get to the treat. Kongs last a long time and you can stuff them with a wide range of treats - the possibilities are endless and your pup will love it!
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Truffle Hunt

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Sunny Day
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Hard
1 hr
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Truffle
Leash
Collar
Activity description
When your dog begins to lose their vision or if they have already gone completely blind due to their glaucoma, their other senses are heightened. This means that powerful doggy nose that can already find a crumb of bacon under the table is going to be even more impressive. Why not put your dog's even more impressive nose to good use? Hunting truffles can be fun and extremely lucrative as real truffles can be sold for several thousand dollars! All it takes is training and time and your dog will be out there truffle hunting with the best of them despite having glaucoma. Practice truffle hunting when the weather is nice since you'll be outside in the wilderness.
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Introduction
To make your dog a fantastic truffle hunter, they first must learn what a truffle is and what it smells like. Buy a truffle or just some truffle oil and let your pup sniff it as you say "truffle." Do this several times a day, giving your pup a reward after each sniff. Soon, when you say "truffle" your dog will run to the spot where you keep the truffle (or truffle oil) and expect their treat. Move the truffle to different locations around your house and have your dog find it using their power nose.
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Location
Look for places near you where truffles have been found in the past. They do grow in certain regions so truffle hunting may require a road trip but it will be well worth it if you and your pup find any treasure on your hunt! Plan your trip to the truffle location and make sure to bring your dog's collar, leash and treats!
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Hunt
Bring your dog to the forest (where truffles live) and say the magic word..."truffle." Your dog will start sniffing, searching for their favorite truffles in order to get the reward they crave (bring those tasty dog treats). Keep your dog on their leash and close by so they don't get distracted and give them a "truffle" reminder command ever now and then. Hopefully, you and your pup will find something great!
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Find Me

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Any Day
Free
Easy
30 min
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Dog Treats
Whistle
Activity description
Your dog's sense of smell isn't the only sense that intensifies as they lose their vision. Your pup's hearing will also greatly improve. This means that playing games revolving around sounds are ideal for dogs with glaucoma. To add to this, your dog will also become more attached to you as you are taking care of them in their time of need (something dogs truly acknowledge) and you are their main source of comfort. Put hearing improvement and desire to be with you together and you and your dog are primed for a fun game of hide and seek. This game is completely free (except for the cost of a few treats) and can be played anytime!
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Sit and stay
Have your dog sit in one room of your house and stay. While this may seem easy, a dog with glaucoma is probably quite attached to you and will try to follow you out of the room. That means that sitting and staying may require a little training all on its own! Repeat "stay...stay...stay" as you back away to go hide.
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Hide well
The first few times you hide, you will want to make it easy for your dog and hide somewhere that they can quickly find you. This easy search will also help your pup learn how to play the game in general. Once you have played a few times, make your hiding spot more challenging by going behind furniture, under beds or in a closed closet. Remember that your dog has vision issues so keep their walkways toward your hiding place clear.
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Whistle or call
Once you are hidden, blow a whistle to release your dog or just say "come" and have your pup start searching! You will be amazed by how quickly your dog finds you, especially with limited vision! Once your dog does sniff out your hiding spot, toss them a treat or two as a reward. Then, of course, hide again! Your dog will love the challenge of finding you and also be getting some good exercise inside the house.
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Hand Feeding

Give your dog their dog food by letting them eat it out of your hands. This will help build your bond with your dog and let them know that you are there for them in sickness and health!

Puzzle Treat Toy

Your dog with glaucoma will love a puzzle treat toy as they can use their nose and paws to push open the puzzle and release the reward. Your dog doesn't need great vision to figure out a puzzle toy and the mental challenge will be a welcomed treat.

Conclusion

Glaucoma can be difficult for a dog especially when their vision begins to deteriorate and a sense they use to rely heavily on is gone. Help keep your dog happy and upbeat by playing these fun games with them. When you make time to play with your dog and adapt your playtime to their disability, they will be grateful and loyal to the end. On top of that, you will both just have fun together! Time to play!