|Barked: Mon Oct 22, '12 7:16am PST |
|I had Shadow in for yet another vet appointment. I really dread those but some of the findings are interesting. Shadow will be spayed shortly, her heart is strong enough.
But this was the interesting part. I noticed right away that the plexiglass sheet on the wall was throwing reflections. I tried to keep Shadow from fixating on it but the vet was delayed and in a few minutes I was losing the fight. When the vet finally came in and had me lift Shadow on to the table it got really bad. She turned on the light and 2 things caught my and Shadows attention. The watch on the vet was old style with a glass face and she wears glasses. The watch was first, the light flashed on it and Shadow tried to snap at it(I had her muzzled). When she realized it was a person she looked up at the vets face and caught a reflection from the glasses. Things went downhill from there.
Shadow cannot cope with reflections or flashing lights. I can redirect for a few minutes but usually just long enough to get her somewhere else. Now I have a dog that a vet has labelled aggressive. The problem with her vision is the issue. She can see but the communication with her brain is delayed so she can't process the information quickly enough to understand. That is why she turns her head, she IS trying to process faster. With actual objects it is just a matter of giving her a few seconds but with a reflection or a flash I don't have a few seconds.
She cannot be the only dog with faulty wiring, and it's high time to stop labelling mentally delayed dogs as aggressive.
They said I couldn't train a deaf dog 20 years ago and I did. And I didn't have the internet or Dogster.
I need ideas, and you guys have come up with some great ones so far. I am thinking blinders like horses use. I can't get rid of reflections and flashes so I need to find a way to explain them or stop her from seeing them.
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