|Barked: Mon Dec 24, '07 7:40am PST |
|I'll agree with the previous posters. I think it is nearly impossible to say whether or not a dog will be a good therapy dog based solely on whether they are blind or deaf, etc. Temperament is the most important factor when it comes to being a therapy dog. If the temperament isn't there, then it just isn't going to work. If the temperament is there, then being blind or deaf won't really be an issue.
I would suggest to just start socializing, take them everywhere, meet everyone, expose them to new places, and environments, sights and sounds (in case there is still some residual function in the ears and eyes), people, smells, etc. If it turns out that they are very well adjusted and balanced dogs, then therapy work definitely isn't out of reach. But if they don't turn out to be the right temperament, it isn't the end of the world! They can still be wonderful family dogs and participate in a variety of fun activities.
Check out tracking, like the others suggested. Also maybe think about Rally-O. There is currently a dog in the Rally-O class that I teach that is partially blind and will soon be completely blind as she has a disorder that results in complete deterioration of the retinas. If you can be creative and find an inventive trainer that is willing to think outside the box, then Rally-O would be a great option as well.
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