You want to ensure that your blind dog’s safe when roaming around. Of course, his sense of smell and hearing will help guide him in his adventures. And there are special harnesses that you can use to keep him out of harm’s way.
You may have rescued a dog who was already blind. Or your pup has suddenly or slowly become blind. Whatever the circumstance, I’m sure that you want him to be safe and happy.
One way you can care for your blind dog is by getting him a harness specifically made for him.
Reasons to purchase a special harness for your blind dog:
The special harnesses have a regular-type harness or vest with a light-weight circular halo attached that extends out front.
When the halo contacts a hard surface, it acts as a buffer for your dog’s head, face and nose. By doing so, it prevents injury and pain to your beloved canine companion. It then helps teach your dog to go in a different direction. And he can figure out his environment by safely exploring.
There are numerous brands of harnesses for blind dogs. You can choose what’s best for your pup depending on his weight and size.
Get your pup used to wearing the vest or harness by using treats. Praise and reward when putting it on and intermittently while he’s wearing it.
Start with very short training sessions, inside only, of five to 10 minutes. Walk him on lead with it on. Do this for at least a few days until he’s used to it. If he’s already used to wearing a harness or vest, this step will go quickly.
Eventually attach the halo and again praise and reward when the halo harness is on. Practice walking him inside with the halo on.
Once your pup is comfortable with his surroundings and wearing the new equipment, you can start walking him outside with it on.
When you first let him wear the blind-dog harness in the house when loose (without a leash), carefully monitor your dog’s actions to ensure that he’s safe and comfortable with this new piece of equipment.
In addition to having your beloved canine companion wear a special harness for blind dogs, there are other measures that you can take to create a safe environment for him.
A special harness for blind dogs helps ensure that your blind canine best friend is safe and enjoys his life. After he adjusts to wearing it, you can give him more freedom. You’ll both be less anxious. And he will have happy adventures.