Meet Tigger, who is a bit of an enigma in the dog world. My partner and I believe he is a cross between a Yorkie and a Schnauzer, but he could be a mix of everything!
We adopted him from a rescue shelter when he was 6 months old after discovering that he had been moved around multiple times. So, we decided to become his forever home.
Tigger has been nothing short of a learning challenge. We thought his blindness would be the biggest hardship to face, but we were wrong. He was riddled with anxiety, resulting in barking, destruction, and sometimes aggressive behavior.
We had another dog in the house who we hoped would become Tigger’s companion, but they didn’t get off on the right foot at first.
The key to dealing with a difficult dog is that you can’t tell them how to behave or that they are safe, you have to show them. It took a lot of trial and error to get Tigger to be affectionate, calm, and gentle.
From potty training to separation anxiety, dealing with an anxious blind dog isn’t an easy task, and not one I recommend to beginner dog owners.
Still, Tigger has been the most rewarding part of our lives. He still has a way to go with separation anxiety, but he no longer shows any signs of aggression, and he’s very confident playing with our other dog. It just takes time, perseverance, and a lot of patience!