Activities For Dogs With a Disability

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Introduction

Owning a dog with a disability is a privilege and one that you as an owner should be immensely proud of. Unfortunately, there are some dog “lovers” who choose dogs specifically for their looks or breeds. These are the same people who neglect dogs who may have some disabilities or impairments. Dogs get their disability either at birth or after experiencing a certain tragedy. In truth, disabled dogs are no different from normal ones. Some of these dogs are even friendlier and more loving by nature, even with their condition. If you have a disabled dog, do not fret. There are lots of activities that you can do enjoy with your dog despite their conditions. 

Animal-assisted Activities

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Any Day
Moderate
Normal
8 hrs
Items needed
Leash
Activity description

Animal-assisted activities refer to formal treatment programs involving the use of pets, including dogs, to aid those with special needs. After all, who better to help those with disabilities than a disabled dog as well? Animal-assisted activities are a great opportunity to get your dog involved in a cause that matters and help others feel better in their own way. Additionally, your dog gets a chance to interact and meet new people and to socialize. Usually, these animal-assisted activities require some sort of training, which comes at a moderate fee. There are many opportunities for you and your dog to join a cause that is close to your heart.

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Find an organization
First thing you have to do is to find a trustworthy organization that you and your dog can get involved in. Aside from their reputation, you also need to find a cause that you want to get involved with. There are numerous AAAs to choose from, catering to all kinds of causes and special needs.
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Go through the necessary training
Find out if the activity you want to get involved with requires training. There are some organizations that do not require training, especially for first-timers. However, there are some advantages to getting some certification for your dog, especially if you plan to get your dog involved in such activities on a regular basis.
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Participate in your assigned AAA
When you find the organization you want and have made all the necessary arrangements needed to join, the next thing to do is to simply wait for the day of the activity. When this day comes, get your dog ready and make your dog look presentable. Prepare all the needed paperwork and watch your dog help others.
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Biking

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Sunny Day
Free
Normal
1 hr
Items needed
Bicycle
Bicycle trailer
Harness
Activity description

Biking is a fun human activity that can be made more enjoyable with the company of a dog. For disabled dogs, this is a great chance to explore the outdoors without having to exert too much effort, especially given their condition. There are variations to this activity, depending on how big your dog is. If you have a small dog, a small harness attached to your body is a good way to carry your dog around. Some dog owners also opt for bicycle trailers attached to their bike. This enables the dog to sit freely while being pulled around for a ride by their owners. You can even use this as an activity as an excuse to bring your dog along when going to various places.

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Set up your bike
This step only applies if you are planning to use a bicycle trailer or another type of bicycle attachment that your dog will be riding in. Attach the trailer to your bike and go for a trial ride without your dog on board. This will help you assess whether the bike is set up well and if it is good enough to carry your dog around.
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Find a biking trail
Next thing you have to do is to find a trail to ride on. You can simply go for an open area where bikes are permitted. If you want to take things up a notch, you may opt to look for a biking trail near you. The place will depend on how long you want to ride for or how challenging you want your ride to be.
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Ride with your pup!
After you have all the planning down, get ready to set off with your puppy. You can make your way to your biking trail on your bike or you can choose to ride a car and bring your bike with you. Do not forget to stop once in a while to drink some water and to feed your dog.
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Nature Hiking

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Sunny Day
Free
Easy
1 - 2 hrs
Items needed
Food
Water
Leash
Activity description

Nature hiking is a great activity that nearly all types of dogs can enjoy, even ones with disabilities. This is because the primary sense used by dogs is their sense of smell. Regardless of age and disability, their smelling senses are always stimulated, especially scents found in nature. By going on a hike outdoors, you give your disabled the chance to smell things that are new to their scent. This will excite them and will do a lot of good to their emotional health as well as overall mood. In addition, hiking is a great way to exercise and keep those joints healthy, not just for your dog but also for you.

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Locate a hiking trail
The first thing you will need to do is to find a hiking trail that is suitable for your dog. This factor is usually reliant on what type of disability your dog has. For instance, if your dog has mobility issues or is in a wheelchair, you would have to look for a trail that is not too challenging. Always remember to put your dog’s needs first.
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Set off on your hike
Once you find the perfect hiking spot, organize all the things you need. You would have to pack food, water and even some treats for your dog. Do not forget to bring a leash or harness in case the hiking trail does not permit dogs off-leash. Enjoy your hike and keep your dog stimulated with all the new sights and scents waiting to be discovered.
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Dog park

Dog parks are a doggy’s heaven. Disabled or not, dogs usually enjoy visits to the park. In here, they not only get to be off leash, they also encounter other dogs of all breeds. Furthermore, when in a dog park, your disabled dog is treated equally with the rest of the dogs.

Drive-in movie

A drive-in movie is the perfect place to enjoy a flick with your dog. Since drive-in movies are outdoors, there are no restrictions when it comes to bringing pets. Moreover, your disabled dog can simply sit back, relax and enjoy the show with you. Just make sure you have food and water for you and your dog and that you clean up after yourselves once the movie is over. 

Conclusion

All dogs deserve love and care from a human; having a disability should not be a basis for enjoying new things. Disabled dogs are just like any regular dog, maybe even better, and they should be given the chance to enjoy activities even under the circumstances. Hopefully, these activity ideas will help you show your dog that there are no limits to what they can do.