8 Things to Know When Adopting a Blind Dog

Create a safe zone

Make a comfortable space for your new blind dog, whether he's a puppy or an adult. He should feel safe and comfortable in your home.

Blind-proof your home and yard

Check to see if there are any stairs or sharp edges that your dog could trip over. Put up baby gates to keep kids out of certain rooms or stairs.

Don't redecorate

Do not want to move things around. Don't move the things around; keep them where your dog can see them.

Work on training

It's always smart to take training classes with a new dog, but especially important to work on training with a special-needs pup.

A note on scents and devices

Blind dog research suggests marking some sections of your home with unique odours. Your pet's eating area may have peppermint and the rear door vanilla.

Get ready to talk ... a lot

Because your blind dog can't see you, you'll need to let him know where you are in different ways. The easiest way is by talking.

Be patient

Sometimes, you'll have to count to 10. For me, the laces of my new sneakers were mistaken for a chew toy and have lost their fancy tips.