He sounds like a sweetheart! I'm glad that your health issues are better and that you feel it's time to love a new fella. I have never dealt with a blind dog or cat just deaf ones. Prayers that all goes well and that you both can begin a new life together. Please keep us updated!
My MIL had a blind dog and he got along just fine. At first he could only see in strong light - outdoors mainly, but eventually lost that vision too. As long as his space was not too large (MIL lives in a small apartment), he learned it and moved around in it with no real issues. You can't move the furniture around everyday, but otherwise, their nose and ears will guide them. He was a happy litttle guy.
He may have some adjustment period as he gets to know his new environment, the sounds and smells, and gets to know your general routine. He may startle at being touched without an auditory signal that you are nearby. But it sounds like you are already thinking all that through. Good luck to you and your new buddy!
He's adorable!!!!! Can't wait to hear more! I swear my rescues "knew" I saved them and they turned out to be great dogs. Teddy makes me smile several times a day...just that little tail wagging and him pawing at my legs for a pet. He was a puppy mill dog and I actually had put him back as I had decided on three but my girlfriend reminded me just yesterday how glad she was that I decided I couldn't leave Teddy there! Hubby was not happy when I brought home 4 as I told him one...maybe 2!
Hello Holly. I just read your post, as I am not much on the computer now. The pup looks adorable. I think the best way to handle his transition is to just allow him to become comfortable and secure in your home and with you. The bonding process takes more or less time depending on the individuals involved, but it definitely goes both ways and chances are he has as many concerns about you as you have about him! I would not be doing any new training, beyond what is strictly necessary, for now. As you both relax, you will know more about what makes him tick and he will learn about you. From that basis of knowing and trust, you will be able to plan any training you wish to do with him. I would give it three or four weeks of just loving him and getting him used to your house routines, smells, sounds, etc. If he has little eyesight, his other senses are probably better developed than average. A lot of communication between dog and owner is telepathic in nature, but this does not develop until a strong bond forms and enough time elapses. The fact that he has vision now, even if not much, will allow him to "map" his environment and function well in it so that, if later on his eyesight diminishes, he will already have all that info he can draw on to function. I am happy you took him in. You did so well with Sully.... Past success is the best indicator of future success. Hang in there.
Well... I haven't had a dog that went stone blind, but I did have a German shepherd who had pannus: http://www.eyecareforanimals.com/conditions/pannus-chronic-superfic...
There are meds that supposedly keep this under control. They're not cheap, but what really runs you into the poorhouse are the twice-a-year visits to an amazingly expensive dog eye specialist, which are needed to renew the prescriptions for this ailment. There was no proof, as far as I could tell, that the stuff made much difference: but I'm neither a scientist nor a veterinarian.
People say that blindness is not as big a deal for a dog as it is for a human. Dogs don't negotiate the world visually the way primates do. Hearing and smell are MUCH more central to their perception of their surroundings. By and large, Anna the GerShep seemed not to notice. In her dotage, she decided the back bathroom shower was the doggy door and kept trying to exit the house through the shower stall -- especially at night. But that's not much of a deal, and it may have been more a matter of senility than of failing vision. Dogs are not humans: there is no "legally blind" for dogs because they don't have to drive cars. And even at their best, it appears that dog vision is not comparable to a human's: they see fewer colors, and they're more sensitive to motion that we are. LO! Check out this article: it has a corgi as its Dog Representative: https://dog-vision.com/ And this one will make you feel even better: http://www.businessinsider.com/how-dogs-see-the-world-compared-to-h...