Blind Dog – Confine to Crate or to Dining Room While at Work?

posted 3 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2014

Awww, I barely have any experience with my own dog.. but I would say the best advice I can give you is to take him to Petsmart for their puppy training classes (they’re about $100 for 6 weeks). I know he’s not a puppy, but they will teach you how to crate train him and some other tricks, but it’s also a great bonding experience and you really get to know your dog (I’m on the 2nd set of classes with our dog). I would be careful not to lock him in any room that he can tear things apart in. Honestly, we don’t crate train our dog because she hated it in the beginning (they all do) and we didn’t have the heart to put up with it for a while until she got used to it. In any event, they really know a lot about dogs there and would probably be able to help you the best.

ETA: Also, I would look into doggy daycares. Even if you don’t take him every day, if you take him 2-3 days a week, it will get a lot of the stress/anxiety and energy out. I’m not sure how well he does with other dogs, but our dog LOVES doggy daycare and dog parks. She lives to play with other dogs and comes home really exhausted, doesn’t chew a thing. If we leave her for too long without too much of a workout like that, she starts to chew everything.

Post # 4
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

@karatechick27:  I still support the pen until he gets the lay of the land of the new home and you’re sure he’s fully housetrained.  When first being crate trained no dog seems to like it for the first 2-3 weeks but you have to tough it out and he will come around and think of it as his safe bed and home.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

beachbride1216: I second that!

Crate training can take a while, we worked about a month to get my dog to like it in there (he’s in there when we are not home), but now its his little house.  In the morning when he hears me make my coffee (one of the last things I do), he runs and gets in there and gets all snuggled and waits for me to shut his door.  If you don’t shut the door, he gets upset.  In the beginning, he hated it in there!!  So I would say not to give up on that just yet?

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

I would research this on the web… Specifically for blind dogs.

 

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@Andthepupmakes3:  +1

I know of a few cases where blind dogs and seeing dogs have a seeing eye dog type of relationship. Not sure how special that was, or if pack mentality makes it more common.

Post # 10
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Worker bee

I’d say crate, because if the dog gets bored there’s nothing to destroy or get into. However, if the crate is big enough to ‘pace’ in, it’s too big. They should have enough room to stand up, turn around, and lie down. Any more than that and they can potty in it and get away from the mess, and it feels more like confinement than a safe den– I think that being blind probably makes it even a little more confusing for the dog, if they can’t feel the walls easily.

But ten hours is WAY too long. You can reasonably expect 8 hours of pee-holding, past that it’ll be painful for the dog, or they’ll just mess the crate, which is (for many reasons) undesirable. I think you need to get a dogwalker for a mid-day walk/play session– if you have a responsible neighbor kid that can take him out after school, or just watch him in your backyard (if you have one).

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I vote crate, but my doggy problems are mostly related to the high energy level of my 1 year old lab. It keeps her and the house safe until I can get home from work to play with and walk her. It sucks at the start and truth be told, she still doesn’t love the crate. But she tolerates it ok and it keeps her calm.

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@tsc:  +1 on 10 hours being too long

Give your dog a treat everytime he goes in the crate. After of week or so he will love it. Make it a nice comfortable place for him and leave a safe toy in there for him to chew if he gets bored.

My dog HATED his crate…im talking howling, screeching and crying at all times in there. We started giving him cheese and in a week he started going in there on his own and likes it 🙂

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

He’s in there from 7:45 to about 5pm most days, so about 9 hours?  He seems to be good up until the 11 hour mark. 

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

I think it depends on the dog too.  My sister’s dog can’t even do 6 hours alone.  My little guy is older and more sedate, so he can take 9-10 hours.  I come home every day and he’s buried under his blanket snoozing away.

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

karatechick27 : Also, look around!  There was one week I had a work conflict the whole week and had to stay late.  I found a guy who is a retired K-9 officer, who now trains, walks, and dog sits people’s pets.  If you can’t trust a decorated retired police officer, who can you trust?  He had a whole contract/legal thing and had insurance too.  And he only wanted $45-50 for the week.  It was well worth it for my piece of mind that week. 

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