I recently ran across this clip from the tv show “It’s Me or the Dog” that discusses how to greet a blind dog. The information in this clip is spot on. You can startle a blind dog very easily if they are unaware how close you are. I have done this on numerous occasions with my own dog by touching her when she was unaware I had approached. Usually, her keen sense of hearing picks up the smallest sounds, but sometimes she isn’t as alert as she normally is (near snoozing or preoccupied by something else) and touching her then can shock her. You should always make some sort of sound when approaching a blind dog or when the blind dog approaches you, so they will know what to expect. If you heed the advice in this clip, you will have no problem greeting and interacting with blind dogs.
I stopped by Mud Bay Granary today on my quest for blind dog toys. Unfortunately, they didn’t have what I was looking for. It wasn’t a total loss, however, as one of the ladies working there gave me an excellent tip to help our dog find her toys. I had been looking for scent sprays to scent her toys with, but couldn’t find anything. The worker suggested I take a large ziploc bag, place a bully stick or my dog’s favorite treats in it along with the toy, and leave it for a few days to soak up the scent. It was so obvious, I don’t know why I didn’t think of it, but a big thanks to the folks at Mud Bay Granary for that little tip.
While I was there, I happened upon a great toy I think I’m going to try that tip on. It’s a Jax and Bones Coco the Elephant Rope Dog Toy. Our dog immediately took to it, so overjoyed with it that she went up the stairs to show her papa. The rope toy is chemical free (dyed with natural vegetable dye) and hand tied to fray naturally (and act like doggy dental floss). Coco is machine washable and durable, so hopefully she’ll be around for our dog to play with for a long time.