As pet parents, we never want to witness our dogs experiencing any type of bad health. Some of us may raise a pup from a small age, taking them to the vet as often as necessary, and feeding them the best diet possible. However, even with the best of care, our sweet canine buddies may experience health issues which may classify them as special needs dogs. Some of these issues may include a problem with sight or hearing. Some may lose a limb due to an accident. It takes a special soul to work with a dog that may experience health issues such as these. However, dogs with special needs can still experience a very full life. It is up to their owners to adapt activity to their abilities rather than their disabilities.
Special needs in your dog need not limit your dog's ability to enjoy life! Take your dog to schools or hospitals where they can serve as therapy dogs. Many organizations welcome service dogs with little to no training. For more one on one time with your pup, take the dog on a brief, low-stress hike. Another great low-impact activity is swimming, an activity that most dogs take to naturally.