Jordy Canid Inc.
High Tech Products for Blind Dogs!
…have developed a new device aimed at helping blind dogs navigate their environment in safety, using echo-locating technology.
[The BlindSight® unit] ‘is a specialized “Sonar” type transmitter that produces a sound that may be used by a dog to navigate in much the same way as a dolphin or bat. The sound produced by the BlindSight® unit is well outside of the human hearing range. There is no annoying audible “click” or “ping”. In tests the units remained on 24 hours a day with no apparent problems with a dog’s sleep or relaxation. BlindSight® uses inexpensive, commonly available disposable batteries for a normal battery life of up to 1.5 years (up to 3.5 years with premium lithium batteries, in indoor mode). The latest BlindSight® uses a completely sealed transducer, is designed for a 10+ year service life and is “patent pending”. Spares for parts that might easily be lost are included. Obviously no concessions were made to “looks”, but simple functionality and extreme ruggedness define the basic design.’
As from April 2015, the standard unit for dogs that weigh over 30lbs is available to purchase from the Jordy Canid Inc. website, with a lighter-weight version for smaller dogs becoming available from the end of May 2015.
Check out their website for more information on this interesting new concept in disability aids for blind dogs. If the BlindSight® unit works as well as it appears to, it could help a great many dogs who have lost confidence in moving about their own homes (not to mention going out for walks) to rediscover their enthusiasm for exploring their surroundings and so restore their enormous zest for life!
There are a number of videos available on the Jordy Canid Inc. website, which offer pretty compelling evidence of the effectiveness of this device but I’d love to get some feedback from anyone who has bought one – How effective was it at helping your dog navigate around obstacles? How long did it take your dog to get used to using the device? And would you recommend it to others?
Please add your comments beneath this post. Or if you have any photos or videos of your own dog using the device, please send them to me and I will post them on this site.