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Blind dog training

Blind Dog Training

Blind dog training is not as difficult as most people believe it to be.

The most important thing is that the owner of the dog has to remain patient and committed all through the training process. The trainer strictly needs to avoid getting angry, pushing, hitting or jerking the dog. The basic of training a blind dog is the same as any other canine training program – good behavior should be rewarded and undesirable behavior should be ignored. It is very important to begin the training process of a blind dog, as soon as possible so as to help establish a proper routine as well as boundaries.

In fact, training a blind dog earlier than a normal dog may be a good idea, to help him navigate in a better way. Training blind dogs may even be considered easier than sighted dogs. This is because blind dogs rely a lot on their instinct and other senses. When you are training a dog without sight, it is alright for you to use verbal commands, the tone of your voice and foot stomping to get their attention and to tell them what they need to do.

Eventually, just like normal dogs, blind dogs too will associate words with actions. Training your dog in the right way is very important, to give him the confidence and independence he requires.

Given below are some guidelines for blind dog training:

  • Teach your dog the “sit” command, by first telling him to sit and then placing a food treat (with a good aroma) very close to your dog’s nose and mouth. Let the treat stay close to the nose and mouth, but move it over the dog’s head. This will automatically prompt your dog into the sitting position. As soon as the dog sits, say “Yes” and give him the food treat, as a reward. Repeat this patiently till the dog learns the command.  
  • Once your dog has learnt the sit command, you can progress to the “down” command. Use the “sit” command, to get the dog into the sitting position. Then hold a food treat (with a good aroma) next to the dog’s nose and say “Down”. Slowly, move the treat towards the ground, between the dog’s legs, prompting him into the down position. As soon as your dog gets into the right position, say yes and give him the treat.
  • The “Slow” command can be used to warn the dog that he is about to walk into something. To teach this command, leash the dog first. Making sure that you don’t jerk, apply slight pressure to the leash as the dog begins to walk. Say “Slow” as you do this. As soon as your dog slows down, say “Yes” and reward the dog with some praise or a treat.
  Submitted on May 12, 2010