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    Default Working with blind dog

    One of my three dogs, a six year, has gone blind with SARDS. He copes very well and is a happy little bloke. I was considering going back to work for perhaps a year and don't know if he will cope okay by himself all day. I have two other dogs but they don't realise he is blind and one of them can annoy him wanting to play so he would be better to be kept away from him when I am not here. Normally when I go out I leave them together in their dog pen but that's usually only for a couple of hours, not all day every day. Suggestions?

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    I don't know anything about SARDS - except what you can google - S is for Sudden - which is nasty.

    This site has some practical tips for helping your dog.
    Blind Dog Emergency Pack

    If he was my dog, I would protect him from your other dogs by separating them when you're out. Maybe a crate would help. If a dog is in a limited space while you're out (or on the computer) they tend to spend the whole time sleeping.
    Crate Training : The Humane Society of the United States

    And the right kind of crate - even if you leave the door open - can provide your dog with a safe defendable space to protect himself from your other dogs attentions. Sometimes other dogs are gentle with a sick or old or disabled dog, and sometimes they take advantage and use every opportunity to make the other dog miserable. But this should be obvious when you're home - which way it's going.

    If you do decide to go the crate route, make sure you have one for each dog - because it can become their own space - and they should each have their own little den to go to when they want.

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    Thanks Hyacinth. SARD is Sudden Acquired Retinal Degeneration. According to the vet it has been around about 20 years. They don't know what causes it and can't cure it. Doesn't affect their quality of life but they do put on weight and are obsessed with food and drink a fair bit extra. Tyson does all that. He's turned into a real little pudding. I only feed him one cup of food a day (he an Australian Terrier cross Jack Russell). My theory would be to leave him inside and come home at lunch time as I only live 5 minutes drive from the centre of town. He won't like being alone but it's better than my other little dog annoying him wanting to play.

    He actually sleeps in a crate as he occasionally pooped in the house at night but doesn't in the crate. It is strange as he is quite well house trained. He is happy to go in the crate at night so that is no problem.

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    If he is crate trained and happy, that sounds like good solution...Most dogs do so much sleeping in a day, that it will most likely be all fine Sad to hear that is what happened to your little guy.
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