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Post by Sean » Thu, 13 Jan 2000 04:00:00



Turns out the puppy is blind and has been since birth. Does anyone have any
suggestions as to where I can find information on how to train a blind dog.
 
 
 

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Post by JMasli » Thu, 13 Jan 2000 04:00:00


A friend of mine was given a blind puppy as the owners were going to put her
to sleep.  She was  a Vet technician and the dog was taken to the Vet she
worked for.  When the owners found out she was blind they were going to put
her to sleep so my friend took her.

Well, it didn't take too long to find out that she wasn't blind.  She might
not have had great eyesight but she had no problems chasing the cat and
finding her food.

It is very difficult to assess a dog's eyesight.

I think one of mine has been partially blind since birth but sees enough to
function just fine.

If it is definitely so that she is blind she might get on very well on her
own.

I am sure there are sights around here that can help you.  You might want to
check with the Dalmation people as lots of them are born without eyesight.

I tried to E-Mail you yesterday but didn't go through.

Thanks for letting us know.

joan & gang/nyc

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> Turns out the puppy is blind and has been since birth. Does anyone have
any
> suggestions as to where I can find information on how to train a blind
dog.

 
 
 

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Post by Nancy E. Holmes or R. Nelson Ruffi » Thu, 13 Jan 2000 04:00:00


do a search at www.dejanews.com and look for 'Living with Blind Dogs' that
should find you one of the posts with the information on ordering the book
on the subject
Dogs do ok blind - most  use nose and ears more even when they can see
anyhow!
Nancy
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>Turns out the puppy is blind and has been since birth. Does anyone have any
>suggestions as to where I can find information on how to train a blind dog.

 
 
 

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Post by sillydo » Thu, 13 Jan 2000 04:00:00


Somewhere there is a private email list for owners of blind dogs. Check
http://www.onelist.com to see if it's there.

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Post by Marla Belzowsk » Fri, 14 Jan 2000 04:00:00




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> Well, it didn't take too long to find out that she wasn't blind.  She
might
> not have had great eyesight but she had no problems chasing the cat
and
> finding her food.

Dogs that are blind do surprisingly well, perhaps even better than
those that are deaf.  The other sences are the keys here.  Dogs
actually have a better sence of smell and hearing than they do eyesite,
even in normal dogs.  Most dogs are nearsighted and focus better on
movement than stationary objects anyway.  Food is going to smell really
good so a puppy will be able to follow the smell of a treat with her
nose.  If she has good hearing, you should be able to train her using
voice commands just fine.  They only thing you want want to do is place
her somewhere where she could fall off a ledge or a step.  Also you
don't want to move your furnature around much as she will learn where
it is in your house by bumping into it some at first.  This will let
her form a "mental image" of where things are in respect to eachother.

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> It is very difficult to assess a dog's eyesight.

> I think one of mine has been partially blind since birth but sees
enough to
> function just fine.

You may have a dog that can distinguish light and dark areas as some
people that are blind can do this.  Again, even normal dogs use their
hearing and nose a lot more than their eye sight.

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> If it is definitely so that she is blind she might get on very well
on her
> own.

> I am sure there are sights around here that can help you.  You might
want to
> check with the Dalmation people as lots of them are born without

eyesight.

Actaully, Dalmatians are more likely to be born deaf.  Collies,
shelties, Huskies and many other breeds of dogs are just as likely to
have eye problems that can lead to blindness.

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> I tried to E-Mail you yesterday but didn't go through.

> Thanks for letting us know.

> joan & gang/nyc


> > Turns out the puppy is blind and has been since birth. Does anyone
have
> any
> > suggestions as to where I can find information on how to train a
blind
> dog.

I have a true story here of a collie that was born blind that still
herded the sheep for the shepherd and even saved the herd from a
burning barn.

Just train her as you would a normal sighted dog using voice commands.
Just make sure you are carefull that she knows where stairs are or use
a baby-gate to keep her from falling down them.  Best of luck in your
challenges ahead.

--
Marla Belzowski
& the LegendHold Collie Clan

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Post by cschup » Fri, 14 Jan 2000 04:00:00


Dear Sean,

I have a friend that has a lab that ia blind, and believe it or not , this
dog can run and catch a ball, as good as a sighted dog. I could not believe
it. I would throw the ball, and it would run and catch it. And it never ran
into anything. So you hang in there, and your baby will be doing just fine.

Carol

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> Turns out the puppy is blind and has been since birth. Does anyone have
any
> suggestions as to where I can find information on how to train a blind
dog.

 
 
 

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Post by silly.. » Sat, 15 Jan 2000 04:00:00


Check out http://www.eyevet.org. It has info on books about living with
blind dogs. Good luck.



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