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Frequently Asked Questions

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Are you a rescue center for blind and deaf dogs?
Unfortunately, we are not. This is just a resouce guide to help people learn how to train their blind and deaf dogs and to ask any questions they might have.

I am considering adopting a blind and deaf dog, what do you think?
I think it's a great idea! These dogs give you so much joy and love, it's incredible! Youwho just loves everyone and everything he meets and is SO loyal! Plus, many are born blind and deaf, so they don't know life any different and it doesn't bother them one bit.
I'd suggest making your house safe for your new dog and maybe read a little bit about training techinques on the site. Also, if and when you adopt your new blind and deaf dog, show them around the house. Make sure they know where the food and water is, their bed, and show them all around the furniture. They will bum into things for the first couple of days, but soon enough they will have your whole house "mapped" in their head and will get along just fine! Just be sure to keep them SAFE! Always have your dog on a leash unless in secure fencing or in the house. And remember if this dog gets lost, he probably won't make it, so their safety relies on you! But they are just amazing dogs and will certainly brighten up your life! So go for it!

Do you think bringing a new blind/deaf dog in the household would be okay home alone during the day?
Bringing a new blind/deaf dog into the home and left alone for the day may be too much. It is hard for these dogs to adjust quickly, it takes them a lot more time to feel safe and secure since they can't see or hear. If you felt like you could have you or someone could be with the dog during the day for these first couple of weeks of her settling in it might be okay. I would suggest though for the first couple of days she not be alone at all and you be home to get her use to the house, the yard, show her where food and water is, where obstacles are and such. That is definitely a must - to be home with her for the first couple of days because she could get scared or injured. So, it could work. It does depend on the dog though, for Youwho it would not have worked if I was not around, but this dog may have a different personality/energy level. If you feel like you can help her with the transition the first couple of weeks, then I'd go for it. If you feel like that can't happen, then maybe adopting a dog without specials needs would be best. The transitioning is the hardest part for these dogs...

Should my dog wear a "I'm deaf/blind" jacket so people don't approach her too quickly or scare her?
I think this is a great idea! When you are walking your dog outside, people will want to pet your dog and many will pet your dog without asking, which may startle your dog. So, I think this would make people think before just petting your dog and then hopefully ask if they can pet her.

What do you think about using a vibration collar?
I think they are a good idea if your dog doesn't get too startled or scared easily of new things. It of course doesn't hurt, but at first may startle your dog. However, using a vibration collar is a good way to get your dog to come. So, if your dog is around the house or out in the fenced backyard, and you trigger the vibration collar, you can teach your dog to start smelling for you and come. So, everytime you have the collar vibrate, give your dog a treat. Then slowly you can start to move away and vibrate the collar and then have your dog come to your treat. So, that way your dog knows that if the collar vibrates that means go to "mom" or "dad" to get a treat!

Why is my blind and deaf dog constantly barking or howling constantly when I leave him alone?
He is probably wondering where you are and also without your presence he may be feeling a little unsecure and lost. I would suggest if your dog likes to play with toys to leave some kongs or other types of toys where you can stick biscuits, treats or peanut butter inside to keep them occupied while you are away. You could also try leaving a shirt, a pair of shoes or a blanket you use with them, so that they have your scent with them. This normally makes them more comfortable and at ease while you are away.

My older dog just recently became blind and deaf, how can I get my dog to adjust and comfortable?
This can be a hard time for your dog adjusting. What your dog needs to feel more than ever is being safe and secure. Keeping him in a routine helps and spending as much time as possible with him. By keeping your dog in a routine, he won't be lost or confused what will happen next. It's like his safety net. Walking him in the same spot reassures him he knows where he is going, feeding him at the same time and playing with him the same time will make him feel more at ease. If you are going somewhere new, make sure you make them familiar with
anything that may hurt him or scare him, so he knows he can trust you to guide him. Also, try not to move any furniture so he knows his way around the house and make make he knows where his food and water is. You may wish to consider using scents like natural oils (lavendar, vanilla) to put on the door so he knows where the door is, a favorite toy or blanket, or his bed. This will make him more confident being around the house alone. Their sense of smell is incredible, so they will be most happy around the people that they are used to smelling. So, if you have to leave your dog at home, try leaving one of your shirts nearby or a blanket that has your scent on it. This may make your dog more at ease while you are away. Basically while he is adjusting, your goal is to make him feel safe and secure and this will make him more comfortable to rely on you.

Now that my older dog is blind and deaf, is it better to put the dog down now? If your dog is in good health, being blind and deaf is no reason to put your dog now. Read the answer above and that will help your dog adjust to being blind and deaf. But again being blind and deaf is no reason to put your dog down. Blind and deaf dogs can live happy and great lives! They are incredible dogs that will give you an endless amount of love for helping them out!