Living With Blind Dogs: A Resource Book and Training Guide for the Owners of Blind and Low-Vision Dogs Paperback – Feb 2004
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...An outstanding, comprehensive work that provides the educational tools necessary to help owners and their dogs adapt quickly to vision problems with minimal stress. Levin's sections on how to train blind dogs leave no stone unturned. "Living With Blind Dogs" provides a giant ray of hope for blind-dog owners who until now have had few places to turn for assistance. -- DOGworld Magazine, September 1998
When Ruthie got sick last winter, it was terrible. I was depressed and in mourning. When I read your book, I felt like I wasn't going crazy, that other people felt the same way. I put down carpet runners like you suggest in the book, and it was great! Making her walk on the runners gave her the confidence to try and walk in public again. Ruthie is doing so much and all because of you and your wonderful book. Thank you again! -- Mollie H. with "Ruthie" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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With a unique combination of professional experiences, Caroline Levin has created the first-ever resource book for the owners of blind and low-vision dogs. Both the veterinary community and dog-owners alike are hailing the arrival of "Living With Blind Dogs". In it, Levin successfully answers the question most commonly asked by devastated pet-lovers: "What do I do now?"
Levin came to write this book, when after a decade in human ophthalmic nursing she left that field to manage an ophthalmic veterinary clinic. Here, she was able to meld her knowledge of ophthalmology with her love of dogs, developing badly needed educational materials for clients. Levin took the opportunity to meet many blind dogs and talk with their owners.
Caroline Levin is also an award-winning dog trainer. She has an in-depth understanding of canine behavior and the methods used to successfully train dogs. She shows her dogs in obedience competitions and the new sport of musical canine freestyle. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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Sit! Stay! Read this book.
Caroline Levin explains SARDS, cataracts, glaucoma, progressive retinal atrophy, dry eye, and many more conditions which lead to blindness or reduced vision. And she does it in plain English. You will learn new training techniques and commands which will help you and your best friend get back to the most important part of your relationship - LIVING! There's a good reason Caroline put that word in the title of her book. Blind dogs can, and DO, live happy, useful, rewarding lives!!
I followed the advice in this book, and within two weeks, Annabel was able to negotiate her way around the house, find her bowl and water, get up and down the stairs and go to the toilet outside.
Within two more, I was walking with her in the park, and within another month, I could take her pretty much anywhere.
I simply added some extra commands when out walking: "up" for a little step, "ready, up" for a big step; "down" for a little step down, "drop" for a big step down; "turn" with a lead tug to indicate direction. Together with commands she already knew, "stop", "cross the road" (which means trot quickly), "OK", which means go, it gave us all the tools we needed.
We'd be out in the streets, crossing busy roads, sitting in cafes, negotiating crowds and she was fine (as long as the crowds weren't too thick). We'd also take her into the country, along beaches, bush tracks, up hills etc.
People often couldn't tell that she was blind because she looked as though she was doing everything herself. Ocassionally she'd need a little reassurance, a bit of a pat, and then off she'd go again.
The key to this was making sure that she got the command *before* she was expected to do it, so that she didn't find the drop or step before I gave her the instruction. That way she learned to trust my commands, and to relax enough so that she wasn't always worried about tripping or bumping into things.Read more ›
On the Internet we found this book and its author. We did order the book directly from the publisher and thank God for being able to do that. Cotton is doing great and we are all benefiting from this book. Everyone who has a dog with low vision or blindnes should have it. Every veternarian should have copies of this for their patients to read.
Caroline Levin gives such indepth information about the causes for blindness and such well explained instructions for retraining your dog in ways that work. Cotton, in less than two weeks, finds her bowl, is entertaining herself, wags her tail, and feels secure again about going down and up the stairs. We have a long way to go and with the help from this book, we will improve every day.
If your dog is blind, please read this book. It saved us from continuing to let our "Cotton" suffer from the depression she was feeling. We feel we have our dog back. Oh, and this is not a young dog, our "Cotton" is 13 years and 9 months. And we thought she was too old to learn new tricks!
One of the areas that I found most beneficial was the specialized training strategies and commands to prepare your blind dog for the challenge of being in an unfamiliar environment.
This is not an easy book to read if you are still dealing with the grief of your pet loosing their sight, but there are also stories of how other people have overcome the difficulties and developed an even stronger bond with their pet. It includes different games that you can play with your blind dog and has many suggestions on special things you can do to make their transition/new life easier and less confusing to them.
I highly recommend this book.
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Fast and exactly as described. This book is impossible to find locally, so I was thrilled to find it online for a reasonable price.Published on Sept. 15 2013 by Nicole
For anyone currently living with a blind pet - this book is filled with great information and suggestions to make your furry friend more comfortable. Highly recommended.Published on Aug. 14 2013 by Carol C.
It was nice to get some info so we can help our now blind dog, it will help us to work with her!
Excellent resource for anyone living with a blind dog. Invaluable information - has made my life easier, especially emotionally. Read morePublished on Feb. 2 2013 by Gillian Bryan
I never read it in the end as our dog adapted so quickly to having her eyes taken out - Aagh! that it was not necessary. Read morePublished on Dec 8 2012 by Carolyn Ernest-Jones
It's been a few years since I used this book...but having just recommended it to some friends who are facing this difficult issue, prompted me to write this review. Read morePublished on Sept. 19 2011 by Pugalug
My Samantha died recently at the age of 18-1/2. Because of this book her last years were happy and comfortable. Read morePublished on July 26 2001 by Zelda Barnard
I don't have a great way with words, but I want to give praise to Caroline Levin for writing this book. Read morePublished on Feb. 19 2001 by Patricia W. Adams