Dogs that are blind are capable of doing everyday activities that seeing dogs can do. They do have some limitations, and it is their owner’s responsibility to keep them safe. With a blind dog halo harness, your dog can be independent when they are outside as long as you stay close and supervise in case they get into a situation that causes them stress or panic. Finding activities that a large blind dog can enjoy is easy. They will enjoy spending time with their owner and using their brain and other senses. Be sure to research activities before jumping in.
Taking your large blind dog on daily walks is an excellent way to get in plenty of exercise and bonding time with your dog. They will enjoy the sounds and smells as they use you for their eyes. If your dog is newly blinded, start going on short walks to build their confidence and learn to fully trust you. Bring along treats to encourage your dog as you encounter new situations that they might be unsure of attempting. Be sure to keep your dog close to your side when walking and be aware of your surroundings and any potential threat to your dog.
Blind dogs will rely heavily on their noses to help them move through the home and yard. There are scent markers that you can purchase and put around your home so your dog can move more freely. Aside from scent markers, you can do nose work with your dog in your house or in the backyard depending on the weather. All you need to have your dog do nose work are treats, scenting items and a halo vest. You will show your dog the item they are to find and then hide the item and have them search for it using their scenting abilities. Since your dog is blind, nose work competitions will be extremely hard, however, they can still have fun at home doing nose work with you.
Blind dogs need to keep all their other senses sharp. Canine puzzle games are wonderful ways to entertain your dog and keep their brain sharp. Puzzle games will range in difficulty and price depending on how advanced they are and where you buy your puzzle. You can even make your easy puzzle at home. You will want to start your dog with an easy puzzle and then graduate up to more difficult puzzles as your dog gets the hang of them. Expect to keep them engaged for about 30 minutes at a time when they are working a puzzle before they become bored with the activity. Do not pick puzzles that might be tricky for a blind dog; puzzles that focus on scenting abilities will be the best for a blind dog.
Even large blind dogs need pampering and what better way than to load them up into a pull along wagon and go for a walk. Start by going for short rides so your dog becomes used to the motion of the wagon. Be sure to keep them secure while riding in the wagon so they do not attempt to jump out and possibly injure themselves.
Popsicles are an excellent treat for any dog, especially on hot days. You can easily make your own yummy frozen treats for your dog to enjoy. Simply fill an ice cube tray with low sodium chicken or beef broth and add a few veggies or treats into the broth. Freeze and then wrap into a freezer bag to keep fresh.
Large dogs that are also blind can live a relatively normal life with a few adjustments. They are still handicapped and do require special attention, but you can also help them enjoy life and spend time bonding and making memories. Before attempting any activity, be sure to research them and be ready to help your dog learn how to work around their blindness.