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adopting a blind dog - intro & tips for her care? #295032
09/20/13 05:57 PM
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Hi there,

Well, we are really sticking our neck out this time. We are adopting a blind GSD. Some may think we're crazy but she broke my heart and when hubby called from the road this morn I was crying. When he asked me what's wrong I told him. She showed up on Facebook and for two days I looked at her pic over and over and for those two days my heart was breaking. She's an owner surrender from a home with other dogs, our guess is they didn't want to deal with a blind dog but we don't know for sure. His response was that I should contact the shelter and he'd go get her. She's in NC, he's driving over 850 miles to get her. She's supposed to be other-dog friendly and very sweet disposition but scared to death in the shelter which totally understandable.

We've never had a blind dog before so I'd love some tips from those in the know on how to best care for her. We do plan on taking her to the vet to see about the possibility of having her sight restored. She's believed to be between 5 and 9 years old, she may just have cataracts which could possibly be corrected smile but we also know it may be permanent and that's ok with us. We just want her out of that shelter and into a loving home to live the rest of her life.

It's been six years since we brought another dog in this house, Riley is not always other-dog friendly but he has been just wonderful with the two female fosters we had back then and he had a male buddy for a couple years who's now deceased. We want to intro them right, hoping for the best but expecting that it could take a long time to get them really together, ya know what I mean? We know he can be just so great with other dogs but we also know he's got a "dark side" when it comes to that. We're hoping he'll sense her disability and act accordingly and like a gentleman, LOL!

I'm excited but I'm also scared.


Deb • Nissa & Gracie
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Re: adopting a blind dog - intro & tips for her care? [Re: FurKids] #295033
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BLESS YOU and your DH!!!

I have never had a blind dog. I would expect and apply the same rules to her as you do Riley. No slack. Just because she is blind does not give her any special privileges.

Like any foster or new dog, be fair. Make sure Riley gets his special attention too.

As for blind. Never off leash unless in a secure area.

Help her learn where things are at in the house and refrain form moving things around once she knows where they are. Like humans, dogs that lose one sense often seem to have the other senses sharpened. She will be able to use her nose as her eyes.

You would train her with verbals instead of signals. She is still quite trainable.

She has no idea she is blind, she just knows she is......

I have no experience with this nut I sat and read a booklet about blind dogs when I was at the eye vet with Kayos about a year ago. That is pretty much what it said.


Please post pictures when she comes home and do let us know this special girl's name is.


Kathy

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Re: adopting a blind dog - intro & tips for her care? [Re: Kayos] #295035
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Thanks, Kathy smile really appreciate your info.

We don't like her current name (Andily) but I'm thinking maybe not a good idea to stray to far from it, she's got so much adapting to do and I don't want to stress her -- but maybe wouldn't add too much stress, I dunno. So, I'll be thinking on names. I'll have to try to find out what "Andily" means in a name. Never heard of it before.

Don't have to worry about moving things here, everything's been in the same place for years.

Am I crazy to hope that Riley will sense she's got this disability and not go macho on us?

Seems like forever until Monday, LOL! The shelter is closed over the weekend or he'd be on his way already.


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Just wanted to say what a wonderful thing you are about to welcome into your home a dog who needs you so much into your home - she is already in your heart smile Enjoy

Re: adopting a blind dog - intro & tips for her care? [Re: anniej] #295039
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I bet Riley will look out for her. smile

Andy

Lili

Annie

Kind of sound similar to Andily.

Shelters closed on weekends? How do people adopt dogs?


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Re: adopting a blind dog - intro & tips for her care? [Re: Kayos] #295041
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What a wonderful thing to do - and what a lucky girl to have found you! I like Andy, but maybe spell it Andi or Andie for a girlie dog?


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Re: adopting a blind dog - intro & tips for her care? [Re: Kris] #295049
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Use scents to help her find her way around - it may be scary for her to wander about and not be sure what room she is in.

A different scent for each room - perhaps cinnamon near the "out" door, lavender, vanilla etc for other rooms.

You can put opened candle jars in the room, or rub a little scent into the door frames at her face level occasionally to help her.

Also, different textured rugs just inside each room can help cue her.

Skye helped my late dog, Solo, find her way to the back door when she was outside - you may see your current dog helping the new girl.

Kudos to you! thumbup


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Re: adopting a blind dog - intro & tips for her care? [Re: FurKids] #295056
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This is wonderful! Some considerations:

Blindness, like deafness, isn't necessarily an absolute, they both occur along a continuum. She may see shadows, motion, light/dark, or have zero visual ability.

Kathy mentioned keeping rules firmly in place. Yes! This will help her feel that someone is in charge, so she can relax. Add structure to her daily routine (gradually), so she has a sense of stability and security. Maybe she needs to sit for her dinner until released, or whatever easy chores you can provide for her to feel a sense of stability there. Calm, soothing praise instead of exciting praise.

You can eventually enjoy training retrieval games with her too, if you like. Applying natural peppermint oil to her leash, cedar oil to her brush, and birch oil to your purse can have her helping out and feeling good about it! thumbup

If she's on any eye meds, I've found it's much easier to simply drop the eyedrops into the eye from above, instead of the lid-grabboing war that's usually suggested. Even ointments can be dripped in without fuss or conflict, if you warm the tube up in a bowl of warm water 10 minutes beforehand. (makes it more gloppy)

One consideration is this: Some blind dogs, especially those with nerve issues, really only do well being the only dog... this may be why she's in the shelter.

I hope that she and Riley hit it off wonderfully, and that they become a mutually supportive, loving pair, and best buds forever! I'm sending you, sweet Riley, and your DH good vibes for this to work out beautifully! bloomrose


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Re: adopting a blind dog - intro & tips for her care? [Re: Braverhund] #295070
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https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=...e=1&theater

Is this her???

Deb I am Kathy Woodbury on FB if you want to friend me. Heck we may already be freinds and I don't know your last name! rofl help


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Lucky, Wolf, Max, Kayos - gone not forgotten. gsdhalo
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Wow Deb, this is great. It is exciting and scary, but you will do fine, and she is so lucky to be going to your home.


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Re: adopting a blind dog - intro & tips for her care? [Re: MaxaLisa] #295076
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I'm getting ready for work so will go through all the replies again soon as I an. Thanks so much for all the great tips!

Patti: According to the shelter she came from a multiple dog home.

Kathy: Yes, that's her smile

I'm hoping like heck that she's just blowing her coat and nobody brushed her and she doesn't have some horrible tumor problem or something.


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My friend had a blind dog and my Massie was normally fine with other dogs but my friends' dog walked over her a couple of times and Massie got very ticked off and yelled at him. She did not understand that he was blind and thought he was being really rude about her space. I would watch out for things like that. Keep her leashed to you or give her her own space, especially if Riley can sometimes be reactive. You want to make things very, very safe for her and for your other dogs too.


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Bless you for what you and DH are doing! It's so kind of you hugging


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Re: adopting a blind dog - intro & tips for her care? [Re: MaxaLisa] #295087
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Originally Posted By: MaxaLisa
Wow Deb, this is great. It is exciting and scary, but you will do fine, and she is so lucky to be going to your home.


Thanks, Lisa wink


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Originally Posted By: Kayos
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=...e=1&theater

Is this her???

Deb I am Kathy Woodbury on FB if you want to friend me. Heck we may already be freinds and I don't know your last name! rofl help


Tried a search, not finding you on FB. Yes, that's her.


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