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.
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