There are a number of excellent books offering practical advice on living with a blind dog, as well as others which are packed with heart-warming tales and remembrances of life with a beloved blind friend.
The following is a selection of some of the best books available, with links to their listings on amazon.co.uk.
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by Caroline Levin
‘Living with Blind Dogs’, now in its second edition, is the only published resource book on this topic. It embodies helpful hints from dozens of blind-dog owners, as well as years of ophthalmic nursing, veterinary, and dog training experiences. Both the veterinary community and dog owners alike continue to praise this text, in which Levin successfully answers the common question: “What do I do now?”
by Nicole Horsky
It can seem like the end of the world when the vet tells you that, sadly, your beloved dog is going blind; it’s natural to put yourself in their place and imagine how catastrophic this news would be … But with life-changing events such as these, there’s one essential difference between the human and canine species: dogs won’t waste too much time feeling sorry for themselves, or asking why me? After taking stock, they will with your help adapt and get on with the joyful business of living. This invaluable book will sympathetically show the owner of the newly-blind, or already blind dog that their loyal friend is still the same, with the same zest for and enjoyment of life. With love and careful thought, you and your dog can get as much out of life as you always have, having fun and establishing an even closer bond as you help each other find new or adapted ways to live together.
* Diagnosis * Eye problems * Socialisation * In the house and garden * Calming signals * Stress * Basic commands * Off-lead * Fun and games * Smellorama! scenting/nosework * Integration with other dogs * Tricks * Tips for trainers * Closing thoughts
by Cathy Symons
For millions of people their pet is a beloved member of the family. For these people the loss of a pet’s vision can be especially difficult. Blind Devotion is a book these people can turn to. The author connects with her audience by sharing a touching, warm story of her own blind pug dog. Cathy Symons uses her vast experience as a veterinary technician and canine rehabilitation practitioner to offer advice on caring for a blind dog and enhancing their lives through environmental enrichment vital to maintaining a joyful life. Ms. Symons educates the reader on what it means to be blind, how to keep your pet safe, how to stimulate other senses, making life enjoyable for your pet and developing new commands. The author also discusses difficult topics such as quality of life, commitment, anxiety, enucleation, and addressing owner emotions. By sharing her story the author offers reassurance and guidance, shares ideas, and gives hope.
by Caroline D Levin
“Blind Dog Stories” is a heartwarming collection of short stories for the dog-lover. Spawned from her previous work with blind dogs, Caroline Levin enlightens and entertains the reader with twenty-two, amazing dog stories. This, Levin’s second book, demonstrates that blind dogs can lead happy, useful lives and celebrates the beauty of the human-canine bond.
Some of the stories you’ll read include: Blind Enthusiasm – Barely surviving birth, a blind Siberian Husky becomes the fearless leader of an Alaskan dog-sled team. To Look in the Face of Danger – The extraordinary account of a boy, his dog and their near-deadly encounter with a rattlesnake. Set Your Sights High – Despite his puppy mill beginnings, a Golden Retriever demonstrates the true nature of the human-canine bond. Look Before You Leap – When a blind Labrador pulls a girl from the Pacific Ocean, it’s no ordinary day at the beach. Blind Faith – It took a difficult hike, on a steep woodland trail, to summon up the wondrous skills of a blind Cocker Spaniel
by Viviane Theby
How does your dog smell? Very well, as it happens! With up to 100 times as many olfactory receptors as humans, dogs use their sense of smell to see and interpret their world, just as we do with our eyes. A dog’s keen sense of smell is helped by a wet nose which has a layer of mucus that absorbs some scent molecules more quickly, allowing even the faintest scent to be detected and followed. And it’s not just specialist hounds such as gun, drug and bomb detection dogs that have this amazing ability. All dogs love to sniff out new smells and messages – their very own p-mail ! – Your faithful friend can be taught to find those lost car keys, tell you if your food contains minute traces of nuts, or even locate a missing person, and in such a way that these nose games are great fun for both of you!
* How does a dog’s nose work? * Hide & seek games for beginners * What is my dog telling me? * Which scent is that? * Following trails * More trailing challenges * Advanced exercises
Learn dozens of games to relieve boredom, teach important skills, build confidence and improve performance in obedience, tracking and other dog sports. These games are fun for both you and your dog. They come from a variety of sources: TV, children’s games, suggested by other trainers, etc. They’re marked for degree of difficulty and special skills needed. Games are generally designed for use in a class and require multiple dogs to be really fun! “Fun Nosework” will teach your dog to enjoy using his nose, and stimulate his primary source of information. Teach specific techniques for tracking and advanced obedience. Outstanding resources for trainers and owners!
Whether your dog was born blind and deaf due to being a double merle, lethal white, or homozygous merle; or your dog is losing its sight and hearing due to age, disease, or progressive disability, you will find helpful information in this book! If you are a trainer, foster home, rescue, or shelter, this book will offer you information on working with the blind and deaf dogs in your care, and will provide a necessary resource for potential adopters.
An authority on living with and training blind and deaf dogs, Debbie Bauer has made an impact in dogs’ lives around the world. She works as a consultant and mentor to families, shelters, rescues, trainers, foster homes, and others who find themselves working with blind and deaf dogs. Now, she brings you this first-of-its-kind, exclusive book to help you learn to communicate with and enjoy your blind and deaf dog to the fullest!
Full of important tips, ideas, games and fun for you and your dog! This book is a must-have for anyone who lives with, works with, or is thinking of adopting, a dog that is both blind and deaf.
by Gayle Irwin
You recently found out your beloved dog is going blind — so what do you do now? This book will provide answers to questions and helpful tips that most owners of blind dogs don’t know, including tapping into your dog’s other senses, the amazing concept of cognitive mapping in dogs, and fascinating and productive training tips. Help your blind dog navigate the house and yard safely and engage in fun playtime. You and your blind dog can enjoy a happy life together with the insightful tips the author, owner of a blind dog herself, provides.