Keeping the house tidy, using sound signals and giving confidence are some keys to making the adoption of a blind dog a success.
- Author: By EVA SAN MARTÍN
- Publication date: May 29, 2012
Welcoming a blind animal requires taking into account certain special attention. Adopting a dog is a responsibility, not a whim. We must make the arrival of our blind friend as pleasant as possible. To do this, you must: keep the house tidy, give the dog confidence through the smell and hook a sound object to the shoe during the first weeks.
Small changes at home to adapt to the blind animal
Every dog, like every person, is special. For this reason, welcoming a blind dog needs to make some changes at home so that our friend feels comfortable. In a way, it is comparable to having a baby: the home must adapt to the dog peculiarity, how it suits children.
In homes where the disorder reigns, the blind animal will stumble repeatedly with the objects that are on the ground, so it is convenient to have the house in order. In addition, the decoration changes or changing the position of the furniture can be a problem. This explains why it is important not to make notable changes in the arrangement of the furniture, at least, while the dog adapts to his new home.
Give the dog confidence through the smell
Leaving a sound trail of our steps during the first weeks will help the animal to be located
An interesting alternative to make our blind pet feel more comfortable when he comes home is to offer, during our visit to the adoption center, a personal object With our smell. It may be worth a shirt worn from the previous day.
The sense of smell is essential for most dogs, but especially for a blind dog: Recognizing our smell once you live at home will help you feel more confident.
Guide the blind dog through the sound
Another practice to help the dog feel more comfortable at home is to tie a sound object (a rattle) with a rope to the shoe or leg. Our dog will clearly perceive when we approach and help you detect us.
Leaving a sound trail of our steps during the first weeks will also make it easier for the animal to be better placed and to recognize us. In general, this also strengthens the relationship with our new friend.
Finally, the word is one of the keys for the blind dog Get used to us. Don't stop talking to him and saying kind words. In a short time, your adopted blind dog will become an inseparable friend.
Adopt a blind dog: help in shelters>
Adopting a blind dog can be a beautiful challenge for a dog lover
Adopting a blind dog can be a beautiful challenge for a dog lover. Also, whoever does it is not alone. When you decide to adopt a blind dog, you often have the help of veterinarians, trainers and canine psychologists They work in animal shelters. These can advise in detail about the dog's disability: how to act and how to treat it. However, the work of the trainers and veterinarians of these centers does not always end here. Adopters can count on them for further consultation.
In spite of everything, before to adopt a dog, with or without a disability, there are certain questions that should be asked. It is advisable to answer honestly questions such as the following: why do I want to have a dog? Do I have time to share with an animal? Do I have money to meet your needs? These are some of the questions What should be done by anyone before receiving an animal.
To adopt a dog with a disability (also known as special adoption), it is also advisable to get detailed advice on the limitations of the animal. It is not the same to opt for a dog with deafness (which will require special training to behave with the owner without using the sounds), than choosing a blind animal.
Give the blind dog a chance
The adopter should know that, by welcoming a blind dog, he offers an opportunity to an animal that is less likely than others to find a home where they want and treat him with the love he deserves.
In any case, when considering hosting a blind dog, it should be borne in mind that blindness does not imply that he is incapable of love. Rather the opposite. A dog with this disability can become a faithful companion With whom to share innumerable adventures and experiences, both inside and outside the home.
Adopting a blind dog can be a beautiful challenge for a dog lover. The adopter should know that it gives an opportunity to an animal that is less likely to find a home where they want it as it deserves.
It is important not to make notable changes in the arrangement of furniture at home, at least, while the blind pet adapts to your new home.
An interesting alternative to make our blind pet feel more comfortable when he comes home is to offer, during our visit to the adoption center, a personal object with our smell.
Knotting a sound object (a rattle) with a rope to the shoe or leg also helps the dog feel better.