Blind dogs possess excellent senses of smell and hearing which compensate , to some extent, for their lack of sight. However, sight is used by all dogs to orient themselves in their environment, to recognize who and what is around them and to know that they are safe. Dogs are curious creatures and love to watch birds, other animals, moving objects and especially humans. Blind dogs, however, cannot see what is around them, cannot romp around without fear and cannot play typical dog games like fetch. However, the brains of blind dogs can be stimulated easily with some thoughtful measures. Tug of war, chew toys, wrestling, buried treats in the yard and walking on a short leash are all activities blind dogs can enjoy. In shelters, blind dogs can occupy themselves with stuffed animals, blankets, chewies and toys with bells inside.
Dogs need intellectual challenge as well as love to be happy. With just a bit of creative thought by people, every blind dog can also feel interested in the world, eager to play and excited to interact with people and other dogs. Too many blind dogs are left to wander around alone in enclosures , crates or rooms devoid of any type of stimulation. They become bored and depressed.
We want to share our stories about stimulating ways to enrich blind dogs' lives and we encourage our members and readers to share their dog tales, games and toys used to entertain their happy blind dogs.