Tracerz® Scent Markers for Blind Dogs

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Tracerz® Scent Markers for Blind Dogs

$18.98 to $77.76

$25.00 $18.98 Save 24%
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Description

Table of Contents

  1. Living with Blind Dogs
  2. What are Tracerz?
  3. Where can Tracerz be affixed?
  4. Tracerz: How Do They Work?
  5. How They Can Benefit Your Blind Dog

Key Features

  • All-natural formulated oil blends allows dogs to distinguish Tracerz from all other items
  • Helps blind dogs regain confidence and assists in developing a mental map of their environment
  • Smell is only noticeable to humans up close; dogs, however, can smell them from impressive distances
  • Contains proven scents dogs are great at detecting
  • Lasts up to a year, simply scratch to renew
  • Each scent bottle comes with 20 small markers(dots) and 10 large markers(dots)

Living with Blind Dogs

HOME: Maintaining a safe and unchanging environment is key. To a blind dog, rearranging furniture can be challenging and moving to a new location can be traumatic.

Blind pets may become lost and bark for help when adjusting to changes. Others may freeze up and be afraid to move. The first thing you should do is check your house for things that they can run into, knockdown, fall into, or trip over.

Due to these unique challenges, we highly recommend that your blind dog have an exclusive safe spot, other than his sleeping area, to retreat to.

WALKING & JOGGING: With a few simple precautions blind dogs can still go for walks. You'll need to keep a tight leash and be aware that interaction with other dogs will be tricky.

Dogs assert their pack position with body language. Without the ability to read body language, blind dogs can often send unintended confrontational signals. Jogging on flat ground with a dog that has become blind is still possible with a bit of encouragement, caution, and awareness on your part.

SOUNDS: Although dogs can hear a wider range of sounds than humans, this is not an effective means of navigation for dogs because of their poor ability to determine what direction a sound is coming from.

When possible, leave a small radio on to give them some additional orientation, especially when they wake up from a deep sleep.

SPECIAL COMMANDS: You should teach your blind dog the special command "watch out" ASAP. Use the "watch out" command sparingly or else they will learn not to take it seriously. Be careful when verbally disciplining other dogs in your home because a blind dog cannot determine if a verbal reprimand is directed at him. Instead of the traditional "no" command, use a spray bottle with water to silently discipline other dogs.

OUTDOORS: For the most part, blind dogs navigate well in front and backyards. Scent marking outdoors is possible but not recommended. From a blind dog's point of view, variables such as strong winds, rain, and snow can disrupt outdoor scents and change the tactile feel of the ground. Those conditions can cause even the most well-trained blind dog to become lost. This is why drowning in pools is among the leading causes of death among blind dogs.

If you have a pool, it is important to create a physical barrier around it to stop your pet from falling in. If your dog is a good swimmer you should encourage, but not force, them to swim. In addition to being excellent exercise, swimming in the pool prepares them in case they fall in accidentally.

TYPES OF BLINDNESS: There are hundreds of eye diseases that can cause blindness in our pets. The most common causes are cataracts, glaucoma, trauma, and retinal degeneration or detachment. Many eye diseases are progressive and may take anywhere from days to years for total blindness to set in. You may find that your dog is blind only in certain conditions. There is often a very frustrating transitional phase where they can see in bright areas but then become effectively blind at night or in dim lighting.

Your dog can benefit from additional help, such as covering your floors in carpet runners or having your dog wear thickly cushioned suits to minimize injury when running into things.

While these methods can work, it is often unrealistic to cover your floors in carpet runners and have your dog wear an awkward foam suit.

If your dog or cat is developing signs of vision impairment, contact your veterinarian as soon as possible.

What are Tracerz, and how to use them?

Tracerz® scent markers are the most cost-effective way to help your dog or cat adjust to blindness. Tracerz™ are great for any indoor area such as a home, apartment, or office. Tracerz™ contain a calming blend of essential oils that are pleasantly distinctive so they won't be confused with other household products.

Each scent bottle comes with 20 small markers(dots) and 10 large markers(dots)

Each unique scent is only noticeable up close to humans; however, dogs and cats can locate them from impressive distances.

*These markers(dots) DO NOT come pre-scented*

*Please read instructions carefully*

HOW TO USE:

1. Remove the dropper cap.

2. Place the bottle in the microwave (with no cap) and heat on High for 1 minute

3. While the bottle is in the microwave, press the dropper vial into the dropper head.

4. Wait 1 minute after heating to allow hotspots to cool.

5. Repeat the heating process, 1 minute on High or until 100% of the wax is melted/liquid.

6. Remove the bottle from the microwave using a glove. The bottle and its contents may be very hot, please exercise caution when handling after the heating process.

7. Place the dropper cap onto the bottle to allow the dropper vial to heat up to the temperature of the melted wax.

8. Use the dropper to apply melted wax onto the dots.

9. Replace the dropper cap and vial. Screw on tightly.

10. For 2nd+ use, loosen cap to prevent pressure build-up during heating.

11. Scratch surface of dots to reveal fresh scent emitting material once a week.

12. Replace dot or add new wax to dots every 6-12 months.

Where can Tracerz be affixed?

Tracerz™ can be affixed to walls, furniture, carpet, tile, hardwood, doors, trim, appliances, vinyl, glass, and more. Tracerz™ are less than one inch in diameter and can be easily concealed. You don't have to see them; your pet just needs to smell them.

Tracerz Extended Release Scent Markers for Blind Dogs

Dosing

How To Use

20 Tracerz for marking obstacles
8 Tracerz for making paths

Directions:

  • Simply scratch to renew scent. Replace every 6 months
  • Path scent Tracerz are used to mark entrances and exits
  • Obstacle scent Tracerz are used to mark stairs, tables, chairs, walls and other hazards.

Tracerz are small adhesive backed location markers for assisting Dogs and Cats adjust to blindness. Each marker has a distinct scent that helps blind pets develop a mental map of their indoor surroundings. Unique essential oil blends are infused into each Tracerz. These scent blends eliminate confusion with common household items such as flowers, candles and air fresheners. Tracerz location markers are the most effective way to help blind pets regain confidence.

FAQ

How do Tracerz work?

To allow your dog to build a 3-dimensional mental map, the scent markers are placed around the home to help your dog find important locations, avoid obstacles, and not get lost when waking up from a deep sleep. Blind dogs can visualize surroundings through their olfactory (smelling) senses alone. Tracerz™ provide natural, oil-based scent markers that require no maintenance. They can last for up to a year before needing to be replaced. We infuse each Tracerz™ marker with a unique mixture of highly concentrated essential oils. They are suspended in wax that won't wipe off or wash away. Tracerz can be scratched periodically to refresh scent emissions. This process maximizes the scented surface area and makes the marker active for 4-8 months. We have researched and thoroughly tested organic scented oils to find the safest ones that dogs and cats are most responsive to.

Each strip of four Tracerz has a different scent. The scents are a mixture of certified organic plant extracts including Clove stems, Vanilla, Cypress, Rosemary, Lemongrass, Citronella, Eucalyptus, Lavender, Ylang Ylang, Frankincense, and Ravensara. A rubber-based adhesive and scent-retaining polymer are also used. All components are non-toxic.

Affix the Tracerz™ dots as close as possible to the height of your dog's nose and adjacent to the spots they most often collide with. The adhesive backing will bond strongly to most surfaces. We make it simple:

Peel away the adhesive side of each Tracerz™ from its plastic backing. Use of gloves is recommended.
Use Tracerz™ marked with ""obstacle"" to stick onto obstacles that they commonly run into, such as table legs, corners of coffee tables, doors, appliances, and furniture.
Use the ""path"" Tracerz™ to stick onto important locations such as door trim, exits, entrances, doorways, and stairs.
Many dogs need little to no training to pick up the Tracerz™ scents. While your dog is in a calm state, SLOWLY lead him around through his typical paths to let him sniff out the new scent marks and allow him to develop a 3-dimensional map. Tracerz™ are not as effective when placed near open windows and doors or overpowering fragrances, candles, or colognes. Scratch the surface of each dot every few weeks to reveal fresh layers of scent-emitting material.

What can I expect from Tracerz™?

Dogs will typically start avoiding bumps and collisions within 48 hours. The first thing you will likely notice is not being awakened in the middle of the night to the sounds of your dog banging into things.

Within a short period they will build up confidence and begin to move around with ease. Many dogs will even begin to run around like they used to.

However, Tracerz™ is by no means a cure to blindness. All blind dogs are still going to bump into things, especially when they get excited. The mission behind Tracerz™ is to minimize the frequency of those collisions and make sure your pet never gets lost in the home. Tracerz™ are very helpful for cats, but they are most effective with dogs.

How can I get the best use out of Tracerz?

Tracerz allows your dog to create a scent map that will help them navigate through doors, around furniture, and other obstacles that create issues for blind pets. We carefully selected the best pet scents for our scent stickers.

To get the best use of Tracerz you’ll want to keep your house’s outline/set up consistent. Moving furniture and rearranging rooms is the easiest way to throw off a blind dog.

Fortunately, Tracerz are designed to help pets figure out new and old obstacles, and this makes rearranging furniture possible — just slowly move things and use the same Tracerz scent marker on the furniture.

For additional help, here are a few helpful articles that can help you when caring for a blind pet.

How to Help a Blind Dog
Using Tracerz To Help A Blind Pup Get Around The Yard
Help Your Blind Dog Live a More Independent, Functional Life with Tracerz

Can Tracerz be used outside?

Tracerez can be used on doors going inside and outside of the house — inclosed patios are fine as well. The further away the Tracerz is placed away from the house, the less effective it becomes. Wind, rain, and the array of smells outside are the biggest obstacles as they will throw the Tracerz’ scent off — potentially causing confusion for your dog.

I have an older dog that just went blind, will Tracerz still work?

Absolutely! In fact, we created Tracerz because one of our pets that inspired the foundation of our company — loveable Maximus — lost his sight when they were older at 8. We created Tracerz because we couldn't find any aids for blind dogs at the time.

We have heard countless success stories of Tracerz helping pets both young and old. You can teach an old dog new tricks.

Why is there a lack of blind dog products?

You know, we ask ourselves that very same question every day. Honestly, we were taken by surprise to find that there were no aids for blind dogs when we first looked for help. Using scent stickers is just logical when you think about it — a dog’s sense of smell is much stronger than their sense of sight after all.

And even though we created Tracerz a decade ago, there is still a surprising lack of products for blind dogs. We’re proud to say that we created a product that has given both us and other pet owners a helping hand when none were around.

Why is my dog having trouble with the Tracerz?

Smell is the name of the game, and while it’s rare for dogs to lose their sense of smell, it is possible. Dogs sense of smell can diminish as they get older — however, even when their sense of smell weakens, their superior smelling skills still often triumphs our own.

If you notice an issue, check their nose and make sure it’s wet. A wet noise allows dogs to capture odor particles and its key to their sense of smell.

As well, you’ve undoubtedly noticed how dogs smell by snorting in rapid successions — this is because when they exhale they lose the scent. When dogs are panting from heat, fatigue, etc. they can lose up to 40% of their sense of smell.

Strong odors in the house unrelated to Tracerz can throw dogs off — it’s uncommon, but if you have fans air blowing around or windows open, odors can get jumbled.

Candles and other air fresheners that share the same scent as the Tracerz may cause issues.

The Innovet Promise

The Innovet Difference

In the summer of 2016, PurCBD+ was inspired by our love for our Black Labrador Maximus and our Bulldog Gordo. It is 100% because of them that we discovered the power of CBD. Unfortunately we made this discovery too late because of government trying to suppress CBD and corporations trying to exploit CBD. Here at Innovet Pet Products our reaction was to make it our mission to make the highest quality CBD available to the public at a fair price. Today in 2020, we believe that every bottle filled and every dog saved are the best testament to their legacy. To honor the legacy of Maximus & Gordo, we at Innovet pet Products make the following promises to you and your dog:

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We promise to always have you and your pet’s best interests in mind. That means providing high-quality, affordable, and innovative solutions that make your life easier and your pet’s life happier.

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We promise to always have you and your pet’s best interests in mind. That means providing high-quality, affordable, and innovative solutions that make your life easier and your pet’s life happier.

Our dedicated in-house team based in Gardena, Ca works hard to design products that put personalized healthcare in your hands. If they aren’t doing that, why should we even bother? That’s why If you aren't 100% satisfied with any item, we promise a full refund. Like we said, we have your best interests in mind.

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The Innovet Story

Living with blind dogs is a challenge but it’s a huge adjustment for them as well, especially if they’ve lost their sight, as Maximus did. His vision loss was brought on at the age of 7 from Progressive Retinal Atrophy.

One day, he simply could no longer see. He was a tough dog and he went on to live to the age of 16 - very old for a black Labrador Retriever. In fact, in his 16-year life, Maximus heroically lived through the loss of his eyesight and he battled cancer and lived -- two times.

Matt came up with the idea of using scent markers that were designed to help designate certain situations and areas that could be dangerous or be a common pathway. The dog would learn what each scent meant and his nose would be his guide.

The product, in keeping with Innovet’s philosophy, had to also be natural and free of chemicals or harmful ingredients. Tracerz was the end result. They went on to guide Maximus through the rest of his life. He was able to find his way around the home, avoid stairwells that could be dangerous, and even find his way around the warehouse where he went to work each day with Matt.

How To Use Tracerz Scent Markers
Tracerz utilizes calming essential oils that your dog can learn to associate with common pathways, stairs, danger zones, etc. There is a little training to be done at first, but the dogs will learn remarkably fast. By using voice commands and introducing them to the scent marked areas, they begin to put it all together quickly. In fact, they adapt to vision loss better than people do because of their incredible sense of smell. Tracerz capitalizes on this ability of the dog’s nose to take over.

Each package comes with an assortment of scents for you to place around your home, with suggestions for use on the label. You may also purchase packages of all one scent, in case you need extra to mark areas at home, at work, or anywhere that you frequently take your dog.

Blind dogs require constant supervision, should always be on a leash away from home and are completely depending on you and their nose to be their guide. They can’t detect danger all of the time, so it is important that you understand this and take proper precautions to ensure that they are always safe. Tracerz can help them have some independence at home and places that you’ve made safe for them. Having a gate in front of stairs that drop to the basement, or a fence around a pool is the best way to ensure that they are safe, while Tracerz can keep them from bumping into walls and find the way to their food dish or the door to get outside.

If they begin losing their scent, simply scratch them to refresh and place them in areas that are discrete. Remember that they stick like glue so don’t put them in places where they can tear wallpaper when removed. They will need to be replaced when they completely lose their scent but you can expect them to last for about a year.