I have a 3 year old yellow lab named Bailey and a 3 year old chocolate lab named Shelby. The yellow lab is going blind slowly. I started to notice she was running into things, she was very careful to go down stairs, and getting out of vehicles. She was having trouble finding toys that were right there on the ground.
She also got to the point where she could not see at night. She would run into everything and was afraid to move when the lights went out. This was progressively getting worse so i took her to a specialist where they diagnosed her with retinal deterioration and said that nothing could be done about it.
I took her to the specialist in April. The specialist told me to start training my other dog to kind of act as a seeing eye dog for Bailey. Shelby is doing a great job by going in doorways and up stairs before Bailey. It’s almost like she knows that Bailey is going blind.
Bailey is to the point now where she is completely blind in the dark, she is starting to chew on stuff exessively while I am gone (shoes, socks, pillows, etc) she is running into things and getting worse at finding the toys. She does not go up and down stairs in the house anymore. There are a couple of stairs outside she uses but is very careful with those.
Anyways I am now trying to make this adjustment as easy on her as possible but I have no idea what I am doing. Any advice or similar stories are much appreciated. I was devestated when I found out she was going blind but there is no way I am putting her down. I am determined to make sure she has the best life she can. I have made it so the house it not cluttered and theres open spaces so that she can get around easier. Nothing sharp that she can run into. I try and keep everything picked up.
Three months ago we moved into a new house so I’m trying to get her adjusted before she completely loses her sight. This is Baileys journey. : ) I would love to talk to people who are having similar issues and best ways to train them. Or anyone that would have any advice. : ) Thanks for listening!