How To Teach A Blind Dog To Go Into Crate

It isn’t difficult to teach your blind dog to go into crate. Anybody can teach it if he doesn’t try to teach it.

“How to teach a blind dog to go into crate” is one of questions most often asked of me about blind dog training. People are surprised to see that my sweet blind Doxie Nono follows my cue and goes into crate from some distance. Some of them suspects me of lying that Nono is totally blind. It’s really incredible but not a magic. It’s just result of days of enjoying positive reinforcement method training with her. Any blind dog can do it through reward-based motivational training.

How To Teah A Blind Dog To Go Into Crate (Video)

Some people could realize that the way in the video can use for all dogs. Yes! We can teach to go into crate whether a dog can see or not.

The Key Of Blind Dog Training Is MOTIVATION

If blind dogs want very much to do something, they can think for themselves, use their abilities and find out their own way. Blind dogs have great abilities same as full-vision dogs and can do many things. Our missions are to motivate blind dog and to give a minimum help.

Enjoy training with your dog 🙂

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4 Responses to How To Teach A Blind Dog To Go Into Crate

  1. Kristine February 15, 2011 at 10:41 #

    One of the more important characteristics of a good dog trainer is creativity. Given the nature of your challenges, you have been forced to think about things in a new way, which has made you a very good trainer. Thanks for sharing all you have learned. I hope to think in a similar way myself one day.

    • miki February 20, 2011 at 19:13 #

      Hi Kristine 🙂

      Thank you so much for your great compliment!
      I always think about how I can help dogs solve problems by themselves, and love to challenge new thing with Nono! So I’m a dog training geek. haha!

  2. ethan April 14, 2015 at 10:51 #

    hey im only 13 and my family and i have a blind dash hound 12 years old and she keeps bumping in to things is their a way i could prevent her hitting her head?

    • Miki Saito, CPDT-KA April 14, 2015 at 15:13 #

      Hi ethan,
      Thank you for visiting my website and leaving your comment!
      When did your dog lose her eyesight? Does she bump something frequently? Is there room where she move smoothly?
      As already you know, safety is first. You can cover the corners and legs of furniture with cushioning material like yoga mat, and install baby gates at both of bottom and top of stairs. Put chairs back to previous places immediately after using them. Your toys, books, other stuffs as well. Keep doors open or close completely. And then you give her enough time to investigate/check around your house by herself and memorize the location of rooms and furniture. Blind dogs can retain the location of rooms and furniture. They can create maps of familiar place in their heads. When a blind dog has created the map in his head, he/she doesn’t often bump furniture or wall. If your dog has just lost her eyesight and hasn’t adopted to new body condition, it would be better to limit the area that she can move freely first, only living room or living room and kitchen. After she gets used to the room and move smoothly, widen the area. If you can take your time for her, you can teach “stop” to her in this way ( Trainers using positive reinforcement (teaching clicker training) in your local will help you if you’d like to teach your dog to stop successfully.

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