Traveling with a blind dog any advice

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My girlfriend just got a pup he can't see well and we think he'll eventually go blind does anyone have any advice about traveling with a blind dog or if it's even possible. Anything advice helps. Thanks a lot
 
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Oy vey - here goes with some impractical César Millan-derived advice: get her/him a companion. Years ago, I worked on a house in preparation for an episode featuring a blind dog; initially, the owner wasn't even aware the dog was blind - the dog wouldn't go up or down stairs (this was a crazy hillside place in Hollywood with hundreds of steep steps). Anyway, César determined the dog was blind - an able-sighted canine buddy was all it took.
I realize it's totally impractical, but I wish you the best of luck nevertheless
 

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It depends on how you travel.. if you rv around the country then a blind pup is no problem. If you hop freight i really think pup should stay home where its safe. Does he navigate by bumping or is his sight good enough to see objects in his path?
 
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It depends on how you travel.. if you rv around the country then a blind pup is no problem. If you hop freight i really think pup should stay home where its safe. Does he navigate by bumping or is his sight good enough to see objects in his path?
. He can see just not very well but we think he will eventually lose his sight
 
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Please forgive me if this comes off as harsh, but are you a canine opthalmologist? I'm wondering how you arrived at your prognosis. Seriously - I'm not trying to be a jerk.
 
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Don't do freight!! ... Rubber & Thumbs - ok... Exceptional training, required... Dogs can be trained to a variety of signals... Left & Right, Stop, Slow, Up, etc... Audio commands & leash training... As long as you're not trying to catch out with them & the dog is now showing sign of distress "travelling" itself should be fine... Dogs like humans can be extremely resilient. :)

... Railroads however, do damage their hearing... Blind & doesnt hear well - probably not a good combo... & limits your ability to see for them & communicate (audio commands) if they can't hear what you're asking them to do...

So, as stated above, depends on how you're planning on travelling. & how willing you guys are to work on/with training pup...

Blind dogs still make good herding dogs - because they're following commands of their masters & can hear what the herd does... If a blind dog can still be an outdoors working dog, personally, if they've got good owner, & arent doing rail travel, i see no reason blind dog wouldnt be just as good of a companion... If human & dog are properly trained.
 
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Dogs at least mine, follows my voice more than anything. Yes he can see but he drives most his actions based off my voice. Which I know wld be different if he Clint see. But I like to think with some proper ,granted abnormal training, he could stay right by your side. My dog when traveling always has his nose on my pant leg. Granted it's so he can observe and still stay with me without looking. But I dont see y a blind dog couldn't be trained to keep nose on, an listen to commands such as 'up' , 'step' , etc...it seems challenging to say the least but not at all impossible. Imo. Good luck safe travels and if u ever hit up cincinnati let me know
 
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Dogs are remarkable in their devotion to their keeper - nearly any obstacle can be overcome; however - developing a bond between pet and master, your situation is less than ideal.
 
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Dogs are remarkable in their devotion to their keeper - nearly any obstacle can be overcome; however - developing a bond between pet and master, your situation is less than ideal.
I disagree politely, a blind dog wants nothing more than any other dog...companionship. a dog will follow u over the cliffs of hell if it trusts you....and this dog needs companionship more than most. .therefore I would think it'd stick right by you and adapt like we all do
 

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