Empowering Possibilities:
Navigating Life with Blind Deaf Dogs

Saturday, February 24, 2024
11am to 12:30pm EST (USA and Canada)

There are special considerations and challenges when living with and caring for dogs that are both blind and deaf. While they need all of the same things that seeing and hearing dogs need, we do need to make adaptations, and often they need us to think outside of the box that we're used to.
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The webinar is suitable for pet owners, veterinary professionals, animal trainers, animal behaviorists, pet guardians, shelter and rescue staff and volunteers, and anyone with an interest in evidence-based behavior and training.

1.5 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) Pending:

In this Webinar: 

We'll discuss some reasons why a dog may be blind and deaf, whether they are born with these sensory differences, or they develop them later in life. Vision and hearing loss can happen to any dog, of any breed, and at any age. Knowing how to best support dogs through these changes and challenges allows us to ease their transitions and give them the best opportunities to succeed.

You might have heard some things about blind deaf dogs, and they may not all be completely true. We'll take a look at some common myths and find out what the actual truths are, and you'll learn the answers to some common questions about what life with blind deaf dogs is really like. Along the way, you'll see examples of how to use tactile communication, and you'll learn how to best meet a blind deaf dog's needs while instilling a deep sense of safety and trust.

We'll take a look at creating a safe physical environment, encouraging confidence and resilience, and how we can help our blind deaf dogs to have an amazing quality of life. These life skills are so important, not only in the home environment, but also are so important for dog professionals to consider when offering their services to clients.

By creating safe spaces for blind deaf dogs where they can experience deep trust with their families and caregivers, meeting all of their needs in ways that make sense for them, and believing in possibilities, we can create lifestyles in which they will thrive. Please join us for this extraordinary learning experience.

1.5 CEUs pending:
  • KPA
  • PPAB
  • CPDT

  • General Admission Tickets – after January 24: $45
  • Early Bird Tickets – before January 24: $29
  • Shelter/Rescue/Vet Student/Vet Tech Tickets - no expiration date: 30% off general admission ticket (discount code is SDFWBV)

Discounts are available for groups of 5 or more - please contact [email protected] for more information.

Cancellation policy: No refunds

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Meet the instructor

Deb Bauer, KPA CTP, HTA, TTouch®, FDM

Deb Bauer is a Holistic Canine Behavior and Wellbeing Coach. She has over 30 years of professional experience teaching and consulting with dogs and their people. Deb is the owner of Your Inner Dog (www.yourinnerdog.com) which runs programs for the Well-Rounded Dog focused on meeting the wellness and behavior needs of dogs and their human families. She is also the creator of The Sense-Ability Method for Blind Dogs which supports dogs and their families through the transition of vision loss.

Deb has extensive training within a variety of modalities such as Tellington TTouch, Healing Touch for Animals, canine fitness, and others, which she brings into the work she does with canine behavior and teaching. She is a published author and is known internationally as a leading expert on working with blind and/or deaf dogs. She enjoys inspiring others about what these amazing dogs are capable of, and she offers support, resources, and programs for caregivers and dog professionals to learn to work with dogs with different sensory abilities.

Deb’s family includes three amazing dogs: Brinks, a 13-year-old Pyrenean Shepherd who is super sensitive and also super sweet; Vinny, a 7-year-old Rough Collie who is an amazing dog sports partner and buddy, and just happens to be blind and deaf; and Delight, the newest member of the family, a 1-year-old Pomeranian/Sheltie mix, who is a combination of sweetness and untamed energy, and also just happens to be blind and deaf.

Together they enjoy doing therapy visits and training and competing in a variety of activities such as canine musical freestyle, nosework, rally obedience, and trick dog.  
Patrick Jones - Course author