- Paperback: 188 pages
- Publisher: Lantern Publications; 2 edition (2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0967225345
- ISBN-13: 978-0967225340
- Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 0.8 x 11.2 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 203 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,249 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Living With Blind Dogs: A Resource Book and Training Guide for the Owners of Blind and Low-Vision Dogs, Second Edition 2nd Edition
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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"
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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.
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Other tricks I either already knew or came up with independently from the book:
- Use bell anklets on walks so your dog can hear where you are.
- Apply essential oils or perfume at the back of your shoes or socks.
-Buy different essential oils, apply (and keep track of) one per wall on the trim so your dog can navigate the house by smell.
- If you carry your dog, always put him back at the same spot so he is not disoriented.
- A dog cap with a long visor is probably the best and most comfortable solution so your dog doesn't bump into things. A Halo is a possibility, but did not work for us as it gets trapped.
- Attach bells to his toys.
- Consider a water fountain so he'll always hear where his water is.
- And don't forget to give your dog long petting sessions as that's one simulation and source of joy he doesn't need his eye for!
My 5 year old, mini-dachshund went blind in the middle of a walk (crazy, right?), November 13, 2009. I immediately took her to the emergency vet who diagnosed her with SARDS, which was confirmed by an electroretinograph (ERG). The ophthalmologist suggested having an endocrine test within a few months, but I had one done right away. Her numbers were beyond Cushings results, 'off the charts' high cortisol - my vet diagnosed her with Cushings and suggested having an altrasound done to determine any abnormalities of the adrenal gland (it was normal looking). I'm so glad the internal medicine vet didn't want to start her on the cushings meds right away, because after reading this book, she fit the profile for Atypical Addisons, also known as Adrenal Exhaustion, which is the opposite of Cushings. This book was dead on and my vet had never heard of the correlation of Adrenal Exhaustion with extremely high cortisol and high estrogen numbers (the book explains it). Because I owned this dog's sister (same litter), I started noticing some of the same physical changes her sister went through before she lost her sight (weight gain, veracious appetite, and sagging teat sac), so I had an endocrine test for her as well, and sure enough, she had Atypical Addisons numbers. Needless to say, I tried to convince my vet and even had the author, Caroline Levin (you can contact her directly for a private consultation) call him and he finally agreed to the protocol for both of my dogs. I've had both of my dogs endocrine tested every six months and their numbers are moving back into normal ranges and they've both gone back to their original weight. It's been 3 years and my SARDS dog's sister STILL HAS HER SIGHT and both dogs are doing very well physically and emotionally.
My blind dog is so well adjusted no one even knows she's blind unless I tell them. We hike every weekend, off leash - she follows either me or her sister, and crazy enough, leads most of the way on the back end of the trails. She negotiates really rocky areas like a pro - I just tell her "easy does it", or "rock 'n roll" and she kicks it into gear for rough terrain - SHE LOVES TO HIKE! This dog is my hero!
Just some encouragement - your blind dog will adjust and SO WILL YOU! This book will help immensely. Just don't panic - your dog will pick up on your stress and it makes it worse for them. LOTS OF AFFIRMATION and attention! And after the first 3 months or so, try not to coddle. Training them to do difficult things, SAFELY, will help them to be more independent and self confident. Oh, and make sure they know the word "STAY" or "STOP" first and foremost!
If you have BLIND DOG and you're looking for advice/ideas/training/the works then this is your book!!! Don't delay BUY IT NOW!
I am sooooooooo glad I did. I'm a prime member and this book once I ordered it, couldn't get here fast enough for me. I was so frustrated, scared, and depressed. And so was my furry gal !!!
I started reading it right away, and started putting the ideas and suggestions to work. Let me tell you, what a GODSEND!!!! This book is awesome and as far as I am concerned, is everything you need to get going helping your newly blind or partially blind dog. In my case, my girl went completely blind overnight. It was awful. Don't despair. Help is right here at your fingertips in this amazing book.
A critical piece of advice I'd offer is that you also get a pet water fountain pronto!!! I was devastated when my girl couldn't even find the water bowl. I sat there and cried! It was just so sad! The simplest things became so difficult and it was overwhelming to watch her be so helpless. Now about 6 weeks later, we're doing great, she's enjoying life again and we're still learning "new things" and new ways to play and do stuff but we're so much better than when the blindness first struck. With this book you will see there is life and happiness after doggie blindness !!! Don't give up, don't put your beloved furry down! Dogs are so resilient and smart, my girl caught on so fast to commands and the things suggested and shown in this book. And due to her brain tumor she had almost 2 years ago, she's not in the best of health so to speak, and she's doing awesome! Blindness is NOT a death sentence. Don't give up!
My other immediate urgent suggestion is that you purchase a doggie water fountain. I bought the Drinkwell Ceramic Avalon pet fountain bowl as it MAKES SOME TRICKLING WATER NOISE that your dog can follow the sound to find the bowl, it's easy to clean and refill too !!!!
My story.......Recently my 6 year old Vizsla/Aussie mix rescue a.k.a. my "soulmate furry" that was treated and doing well after radiation for a brain tumor 2 years ago suddenly went blind, diagnosed with SARDS (could be from the tumor coming back, but docs don't think so). Well all of the sudden our world, her world especially, was turned upside down on July 8th.
Very depressing for us both, I was so sad to watch her stumble around, she couldn't even find the simplest of things, namely the WATER BOWL !!!!
In my frustration and struggling with her new sudden complete blindness, I jumped into action and ordered from Amazon and immediately started reading this very blind dogs book and then searching for a pet fountain that would MAKE NOISE so she could find the water bowl in the house.
30 seconds after filling it up and turning it on, she got up out of the kitchen and followed the sound to the water and found the bowl !!!! Imagine my excitement watching her find the bowl on her own!!! Priceless!
See my review on the water bowl too for more info. Not all of them make the water trickling noise, so be sure to buy one that does. Silent ones are great if that's what you want for non blind pets......but in my case silence was not what I was seeking.
I give this awesome Living With Blind Dogs book by Caroline Levin 5 stars! We thank you Ms. Levin, you rock!!!