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    So Tilly has had her eyes removed so she is now blind but she's having bonding issues I think. She's dependent on Ken, my fiancee's brother as she lives with him because we don't have a fence but she will follow him all day and when she's left a lone which is never for long she sooks. She sleeps and doesn't want to do much until he's home. She's fine with us for a little while but she isn't like with how she is with him.

    So I'm wanting to know of ways of getting her to train with us? like I'd love for her to do more activities like how dogs would do in agility and things but I'd have to start out small so she'd get used to it. Do you think if I tried that, it would help her bond with us more? and then when Ken is gone she wouldn't feel as lonely I don't think.

    But I just want to think of more activities I can train her with that are suited for blind dogs.

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    Hey Nessie,

    The poor thing. I think Tilly is probably traumatized by the whole experience of having her eyes removed.

    Because of this she is not open to new things and is scared of anything out of the ordinary. I can understand though as this is no easy stage to overcome!

    Personally, I would try the step by step method:
    1)While Ken is around the house play with Tilly for around 5 minutes.
    2)Ken should then give Tilly a treat, to associate him leaving as something positive, then Ken should leave and walk down to the shops or wherever he may go for around 20 mins. After Ken gets back he should cuddle her and reward her for the good experience.
    3) Gradually build the time up with you at home.
    4) Then try the same thing but without anyone at home, gradually building up the time that Tilly is home alone for.

    If this fails, I would definetely seek the attention of a veternarian or professional trainer.

    Good Luck,
    Charlie
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    Thanks Charlie I'll certainly seek help from a professional if it looks like Tilly can't master the doors or gates or is still moping a bit after awhile. She's good when he's home just if we're looking after her for the day she's not as happy. So thanks I'll try what you suggested.

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    Hey Nessie,
    Thanks for deciding to use my tips. You don't have to follow it exactly of course because no one knows your dog better than you.

    Just quickly would you consider Tilly a shy dog? If yes was she shy before?

    Cheers,
    Charlie
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    Charlie she wasn't shy and she isn't now either really its just moping a little bit >> like she's fine when Ken's home. He reckons its just because she's bonded with the leader of the pack more as she's got to depend on him more but I dunno. I'd just like it if she would spread the love a bit more so I don't feel left out much but it doesn't help she actually doesn't live with us because we don't have a fence.

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    Have you implemented any specific training for her since her eyes have been removed, training that is suitable to her new needs?

    If not, then you need to see to this straight away to help her transition. Blind Pugs in rescue is reasonably common. We use scent and sound training. We have even had Pugs in that are both deaf and blind and rely soley on scent.

    Scent training is used to signal water, danger area, out of bounds areas, stairs and the like. For example, we used vanilla essence to indicate water, citronella to indicate danger areas and out of bounds areas and eucalyptus to indicate stairs. If your dog has intelligence you can actually use a scent for stairs up and a scent for stairs down. Lavendar is another easily found scent to use.

    Surfaces are also important. Mats can be used to indicate doorways or as pathways through the home.

    Once you have started her on a training regime and she becomes comforabtle with her new found blind stauts and her confidence levels rebuild she will be more open to interacting with more people.

    While she is not living with you, there is not much chance of you building a bond with her either to be honest.

    Scents must be reapplied at least every few days in the beginning. We used to reapply the water scent every day given that this element is vital.
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