Disability – so what!?
Again and again one hears that deaf or blind dogs should be put down because “they don’t have quality of life”! Really! Have you ever observed a blind dog playing with another dog, digging for mice or searching and retrieving hidden toys? Or a deaf dog who mastered an agility course with flying colors? No? Too bad, you missed something!
A dog has a lot less issues with a disability than a human. Because the dog can cope with life very well with the help of his other senses.
But often people have difficulties communicating with their dog, educating and training him, when he no longer has the “usual” addressable senses. Of course, the deaf dog doesn’t hear me when I call him. But why is it imperativ that he hears? There are ways to get a deaf dogs attention. The same is true for the blind dog. Of course, he can make no eye contact. But is he therefore basically not capable of attention and concentration? Sure he is! (as you can see with BoJ)
A little imagination, patience and training are certainly needed after all. A certain tolerance towards living beings with disabilities is necessary in order to deal with the specific task to educate/ train such dogs, but all the more fun it is. A blind or deaf dog can not only live a life of freedom and fun, but also work (sh. press article “Ein treuer Butler” (a faithful butler) and “Wenn Hunde den Scheck abgeben” (when dogs pay in a cheque), in these demonstrations BoJ was already blind).
A dog doesn’t love his life less, just because he has to discern the environment differently. As Canide (dog-like) he is by nature an extremely flexible and adaptable animal.
The dog deserves it, that we human beings accept his disability, learn to deal with it and offer him the best possible life with the greatest possible freedom.