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Learning the Layout

youwho has excellent memory of his home's layout

Inside: To get your dog adjusted to the house, start by laying textures around the house, like a mat in front of the door, so that your dog can feel where he or she is going. You could put a mat under the food and water bowl, so that he or she can anticipate the food and water bowl coming rather than running right into it. You also can start by putting different scents in different rooms to help orient your dog with what room she or he is in. You can choose to use the scents or not, but I would definitely recommend putting textures around the house, they have been incredibly helpful for my boy, Youwho. After this, it's a good idea to show your dog around the house. I like to leave a one loop leash lead on my dog while they are getting familiar with the layout so if for some reason he or she gets into trouble or perhaps encounters a sharp corner I do not want them to hit hard I can gently grab the lead. I need to Let the dog get an idea of where the furniture is and definitely where the food and water bowl are! You will have to do this several times and in the beginning he or she will bump into things, but soon they will have the entire house "mapped" out in their head and will get along just fine.

Outside: Just like you did for your dog inside, you must make sure anywhere you go outside, you do the same. Let them explore around, but also be there to help guide them around obstacles if they are feeling lost. You need to protect your dog from people, other dogs, poles, hydrants, EVERYTHING, while walking outside. Make sure he or she doesn't hit their head or get injuried, so you must watch pretty closely when walking your dog outside. To make your life a little easier while walking your dog outside, you can get a jacket or a bandana of some sort that says Blind and Deaf Dog, so that people know not to startle your dog and make sure to go around your dog. Also, while outside, doggles are good protectors for their eyes as often blind dogs can hurt their eyes by running into things as well as they often are prone to medical issues. For instance, Skye has pretty bad conjuctiva in her eyes, which gets worse when exposed to grasses, dust, etc. So, doggles help protect her little eyes :)