New Skills for Blind Dogs
|DESCRIPTION | CONTENTS | REVIEWS|
Maxwell Award Nominee “Best DVD” – Dog Writers’ Association of America
|A Companion Film to Living With Blind Dogs|
Long awaited and finally available –
A Lantern Publications DVD
Training any dog is hard work. Training a blind dog can be extra challenging. So, when author Caroline Levin was approached by dog owners requesting help, we caught those sessions on film.Whether you have a large, active dog, like Bubba, losing his vision slowly – or a small, shy dog like Leo, completely blind from detached retinas – this film can help you. Levin guides each dog and owner through the skills discussed in Chapter 8 of Living With Blind Dogs. Additional footage includes demonstrations with more advanced dogs. Levin also discusses training theory, equipment, and dog-training issues specific to SARD dogs (confusion, lethargy, depression).
CHOOSING VERBAL COMMANDS
TRAINING DOGS BOTH BLIND AND DEAF
CLOSING THOUGHTS AND BLOOPERS
Your video, New Skills for Blind Dogs has been extremely helpful in my adjustment. I am such a visual learner and watching the video made me feel like you were right beside me coaching. I am most impressed with your knowledge and skills in ophthalmology and dogs and how you combined the two to help animal lovers like me!
– Diane Steinmeier, Lubock TX
While the book has excellent, comprehensive instructions on training blind and low-vision dogs, there is nothing that helps in dog training as much as seeing an actual example. This video offers gentle, reward-based, practical examples of training these dogs.
– Deborah Wood, The Oregonian
This video is exactly what people with blind and low vision dogs need. A visual makes the book (Living With Blind Dogs) come to life. Seeing the training steps makes it easier to learn.
– K. Mier, blind-dog owner, Amazon.com
This film is a great tool for people with a dog that is either going blind or already blind. It features two dogs – one that had some vision and one that had lost all vision. Each of these dogs gave an important “view point” to the film.
New Skills for Blind Dogs gives the pet owner some specific training ideas to help the dog adjust. Levin shows exactly how a toy can be used to motivate the dog in more than situation. I particularly like how the ball is used to motivate the dog to “move forward” and also as a reward for stopping/waiting.
The step-by-step instruction for going up and down stairs was particularly good. Levin shows how to drop a food tidbit onto paper so that it makes a noise and teaches the dog to lower his head and step down.
Levin is very good at putting these basics into use. She is a pleasing narrator, as well. This is a special work and I’m impressed with it. New Skills for Blind Dogs is A MUST as a companion to the book Living With Blind Dogs.
– Dee Dee Rose, Topeka, KS
AKC Obedience judge, competitor, instructor, and SARD-dog owner