Welcome to Tara's School for Dogs
Blind Dog Division
Classes are offered in person or over live stream.
Free tips and tricks to help you with your blind dog are offered right here. This section is added to frequently.
Depending on the temperament and behavior of your dog you may want to consider the advantages of working over live stream.
To learn more drop us an e-mail using the contact form on our website. Mary the owner and founder of Tara's School for Dogs will work with you and your dog to develop and implement a customized training plan.
Giving your Blind Dog a Treat
Blind dogs can figuratively see with their noses, however using the sense of smell is not exactly the same as sight. When Tara hears the marker "yes" she goes for the treat with gusto. In the past she could see it but now she can't and she reacts to get the treat faster than she gets the smell of where the treat is. The result is she bumps her head, her nose, her eye before getting the yummy tiny treat. If you think about it, instead of getting positively reinforced she gets positively punished! The exact opposite of what we want to have happen!
This short video clip show how to train your to to have their head supported as you pop the treat into their mouth.
Tara plays Tricks & Treats
Tossing a treat is another way to deliver it to your blind dog. This wood floor and the crunchy treat work perfectly. First Tara will do two tricks for us and then she'll hear me say OK! At which time she listens for the treat. These treats don't smell too much so she has to really use her sense of hearing to find the treat.
Blind Dog Loose Leash Walking
In order for your blind dog to walk nicely on the leash they have to trust you to be their seeing eye human. That trust is built by their positive experiences with you, their seeing eye human. In this one minute video clip you can watch how Tara has learned to walk on a loose leash, stop when she hears something and wait for me to let her know what to do next. It's important when doing exercises like this that nothing too startling happens to Tara, otherwise the seeing eye human isn't reliable. With that in mind when our blind dog trusts us it's of the utmost importance to pay attention to details and anticipate upsets before they happen.
Inner Roll Enrichment Toy
Dog just want to have fun! This is an easy to make enrichment toy that you probably toss out every few days. Check out this 2 minute video for instructions on how to make it. Then watch it in action as Tara demonstrates. What I like about this toy is that it engages a dog's sense of hearing and sense of smell. It's perfect for blind dogs! But you don't have to have a blind dog because most dogs love it!