Do blind dogs bark more often? If so, this isn’t necessarily something to be concerned about. It’s all part of the adjustment process. However, it’s important to lend a helping hand (or paw, in this case) and give your dog some peace of mind. This will help him to calm down and eventually stop his incessant barking from becoming the new normal.
How to Keep Your Blind Dog from Barking Too Much
If your dog is barking more often, do not fear. Your dog is not in any pain or discomfort, but he’s probably nervous. After all, one of his senses is failing and he’s having difficulty remaining aware of what’s around him. The world he’s known all these years has suddenly gone dark, and his mind is working to process this change. To do that, he’s likely to bark or make more noise than usual.
If the barking continues, however, that probably means your dog isn’t having an easy time. It’s important to step in and try to ease her nerves a little bit. At the end of the day, all your dog wants to know is that you’re still there. That you’re around in case she needs you, and that there’s still a loving hand nearby.
In this case, give your dog some extra cuddle time. Let him sit on your lap or by your side whenever time permits. Let him feel your pulse; this will serve as a much-needed reminder that he’s not alone. That he has someone to turn to in his hour of need.
Give her belly a nice rub or her ear a good scratch. Let her know that just because her world has become invisible doesn’t mean it’s stopped existing altogether. A barking dog just wants to feel your love, and so long as you hand it over willingly, the barking should become less intense with time.
Routine For Barking Blind Dogs
The other important thing you can do for a blind dog barking is to maintain a routine. Right now, the barking comes from uncertainty about what’s going on, and each bark is likely to have a different sound or tone to it. If you listen and pay attention hard enough, you’ll learn (over time) what each bark means.
For example, if you typically feed your dog every day at 5 pm and it’s getting close to that hour, your dog may begin to bark or make unusual sounds. He can’t see you to make sure that his meal is still being delivered, so he’ll bark out of doubt and insecurity.
If you can beat your dog to the punch, however, this will make your little buddy feel as though barking is unnecessary. Here’s a possible solution. When it gets to be 4:50 or 4:55 pm—a few minutes before normal feeding time—be on standby with your dog’s evening food. That way, when he wanders over to his bowl and he’s ready for dinner, it will already be there waiting for him.
She’ll smell it and dig in willingly, comforted that her meal is there—even though she can’t see it. By tending to your dog’s needs early, she won’t feel a huge desire to make her voice heard.
If a blind dog barks, it’s because she needs something from you, so allow your love to take over and give your baby the attention and care she needs to ensure her adjustment is easy and quick.