Caring for a Blind and Deaf Dog
If you would like to adopt a blind and deaf dog, it is crucial to understand the level of care and training you will need to deliver. Most do not have any other special considerations. Although these pets may be disabled, they just want to enjoy themselves and get on with life.
How do I communicate
Touch and vibration are valuable techniques to communicate with a blind and deaf dog. It is also a way to help you to be a bit more hands-off. For example, there are vibrating collars, different from shock collars, that will help you replace words with sensations to train your dogs.
To encourage your dog to find quickly the things that he requires daily, design an area in your house for him. This should include his kennel, pet bed, food and water dishes, an additional spot for him to rest, and a few favorite toys. Make sure that nothing gets moved around.
How will my dog find his food and water
You don’t have to spoon food literally into your dog's mouth, but with blind and deaf dogs it is helpful to guide them to their water and food bowls and rub their chin on the edge. Most dogs will catch onto the concept quickly. This also encourages them to find their bowls on their own.
Should I let other people know
Make sure to tell visitors to your home about your dog’s unique situation. You may also want to buy a special bandanna or collar to help people recognize your dog has special needs in the event he ever gets lost and needs help.
Are there organizations and support groups?