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If you have a blind dog in your life and are looking for advice, Karen Belfi, president of the Blind Dog Rescue Alliance, recommends visiting the Owners of Blind Dogs Yahoo! page. Here you will find support from experts and others who own and love their blind dogs.

Apollo is one of the blind dogs rescued by the Blind Dog Rescue Alliance.

Considering adopting a blind dog? Check out the Blind Dog Rescue Alliance for information on blind dogs looking for loving forever-homes. BDRA formed in 2009 and has since rescued 202 dogs, including Apollo, a Chesapeake Bay Retriever mix, and Orion, a Siberian Husky.

You can also check shelters and rescue organizations near you to foster or adopt dogs with visual impairments. Plenty of blind dogs are out there that could use someone kind and patient to love!

To find a qualified pet trainer in your area, Dawn Rehus, a certified pet training instructor, recommends the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT). For DogTime visitors living in the Chicagoland area looking for an experienced dog-training instructor, contact Rehus by email at drehus@comcast.net.

For more on the subject, check out Caroline D. Levin’s Living With Blind Dogs: A Resource Book and Training Guide for the Owners of Blind and Low-Vision Dogs, an invaluable guide.

Approaching and greeting a blind dog

Living with a blind dog (main page)

Prepping your house for a visually impaired dog

Socialization is key

Toys and games for you and your blind dog

Training a blind dog

Why do dogs go blind?