Living With A Blind Dog
[This post addresses all things about living with a blind dog including toys, training, preparation, and other pertinent info.]
Just because your dog can’t see doesn’t mean that she can’t have fun with you: There are plenty of games and toys that are perfect for interacting with your blind dog.
Because a blind dog relies so heavily on smell and hearing, it will be helpful to select toys that activate those senses.
Dawn Rehus, a certified pet training instructor, recommends trying “Hide and Seek” with your dog. “Hiding at close perimeters and slowly expanding is not only a fun game, but also teaches your dog to come,” Rehus explains. You can also hide small treats and let your dog use his sense of smell to find them.
Several treat-dispensing toys are on the market, which are perfect for blind dogs. The Buster Cube can be stuffed with treats, and when your dog interacts with the toy, treats fall out for him to enjoy. Similarly, Kong toys are also great for scent games. Fill the inside with peanut butter or any treat your dog loves and he will be occupied for hours.
Scented toys are great for engaging blind dogs in playtime. Jolly Critters Dog Toys are vanilla scented, making them easy to locate in “find it!” games with your dog. Just be sure and select non-toxic scented toys.
When in doubt, look for toys that make sounds. The Talking Babble Ball makes funny noises when played with, and it comes in a variety of sizes. Pet stores sell many different toys that squeak when squeezed or chewed, which can be entertaining to blind dogs. Check out Ethical Pet Plush Skinneeez stuffing-free toys and Kong Wubba, a durable, squeaky Kong toy.
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