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He was an 8 year old ShihTzu and he was deaf and blind.

I was talking for quite a while to his owner. She was a nice lady. I felt so bad for this dog, I have a bad back but I bent over to pet him as much as I could. He was a sweety and his had was long but healthy. Poor guy walked a few times into the fence that separated the small dogs from the big ones. I guess he smelled them. Poor guy has had trouble sleeping the last few days too. The park was not too full, I tired to get my Chi to play with him or stand next to him, but dogs don't understand when another dog is blind or deaf.
 

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Poor thing. There is a deaf dog in the puppy class I go to. He is actually the most obedient dog, although there is lots of movement around, he seems to have amazing focus! It must be really hard for him being blind also. :(
 

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A vibrating collar can help some of these dogs. If he is in danger (like going to close to a fence/other danger, you hit the button and the dog feels a vibration to warn him to stop. This is NOT a shock collar. They need training with this, obviously. Lots of info on the web about blind and deaf dogs.
 

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I have to wonder if they sense that another dog is blind or deaf or has special needs? I see all sorts of stories where another dog will be a dogs eyes for them when they are blind. Maybe that is just when they grow up with them or are around them all the time though?
 
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