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Getting Started

Safety comes first!

The most important thing with a blind and deaf dog is their safety! You should always have a safe place to put your blind and deaf dog whether it's a safe room in your house, a crate or secure fencing. This is incase of an emergency or you have to leave the dog home alone.

If this dog gets lost, he or she will not make it on their own! These dogs cannot hear cars, predators and they cannot see cars or predators. They just will not be able to make it. YOU are completely responsible for their safety! So, please remember safety comes first!

I would suggest not letting your blind and deaf dog off leash unless you know he or she will stay next to you or the area is escape free like a fenced area or in your home. Be responsible and use common sense when it comes to having your blind and deaf dog off leash.

Now as this picture shows, crates do wonders! It will keep your dog safe and confortable if you can't be there. So I would suggest you get your new dog adjusted to crates. Maybe you are wondering why there are shoes in front of the crate? Well, it made Youwho feel a little bit better and confortable when he smelled my scent.

 

Before you get to training, spend time with your new blind and deaf dog and form a bond. You should always have a bond with your dog, but is espeically important with blind and deaf dogs as you are what keeps them safe! For Youwho, it took awhile for him to trust me and know that I am there for him. He pretty much has to rely on me to not get hurt. I am his eyes and ears, so I must make sure he is safe and he knows that too. So, forming a bond is very important to make this dog happy and safe. With Skye, she trusted me immediately, so the time frame of getting to know each other and developing a bond definitely varies, so be aware it could take a little amount of time or a long amount of time to establish a connection with your dog. So, please have patience! You need to give lots and lots of praise and treats to form this bond. Also, since blind and deaf dogs rely mainly on touch, be sure to pet your dog all over from their ears to their paws. This way they are very use to touch and at ease with it.